Have you ever had a bad day? Maybe you can empathize with Alexander Cooper. He experiences one doozy of a crummy day in the new film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
It all starts when Alexander, played by 13-year-old Ed Oxenbould, wakes up one morning and discovers gum in his hair. And it all goes downhill from there. To make matters worse, it seems that the other members of Alexander’s family are having a great day, which only frustrates him more. No one seems to understand him!
“It’s crazy and hectic, but kids will be able to relate,” Ed told TFK. “Kids and adults will enjoy this movie.”
Sixteen-year-old Kerris Dorsey plays Alexander’s older sister Emily. Kerris agrees that the whole family will enjoy the movie. “It is a great representation of family,” she says. “There’s kid humor and a lot of slapstick comedy. But there’s also a lot of heart.”
The Cooper family (left to right: Dylan Minnette, Jennifer Garner, Steve Carell, and Kerris Dorsey) present Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) with a special treat in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
The Cooper family (left to right: Dylan Minnette, Jennifer Garner, Steve Carell, and Kerris Dorsey) present Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) with a SPECIAL treat in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
From Book to the Big Screen
The movie is based on the book of the same name, written by Judith Viorst in 1972. “I read the book when I was little,” says Kerris, “After I got the script, I revisited the book and fell in love with it all over again.”
The movie starts just like the book, with Alexander experiencing a bad day. What makes the movie so enjoyable is that it goes beyond the original story and gives the audience a glimpse into what happens when things start going wrong for the entire Cooper family.
My favorite part was when Alexander’s older brother Anthony, played by 17-year-old Dylan Minnette, took his driving test. The driving instructor made it seem like she was on his side when his girlfriend called him on his CELL PHONE. Anthony knew not to pick up the phone while he was driving, but he foolishly listened to his instructor when she told him it was okay. What a mistake!
I enjoyed watching all the action. It was fun to see the car get destroyed with no one getting hurt. The lesson is that one bad choice can sometimes turn into a big DEAL.
The movie hits theatres on Friday, October 10. If you’re having a lousy day, this crummy-day tale just might make it better.