Released in the early 1970’s, Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a childhood reading staple and now decades later, Disney has decided to bring it to the big screen. Directed by Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids), the first trailer has dropped today ahead of a fall release.
Updating it with modern jokes for four-quadrant, family audiences doesn’t seem all that enticing, going for a silly vibe rather than something endearing. However, we’ve liked much of Arteta’s work, so hopefully better things are in store for the final film. Starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bella Thorne, check it out below, along with the synopsis.
The film follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another.
But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opens on October 10th.