Friday, October 10, 2014

Heart, Humor, Intelligence, Family makes a #VeryBadDay not so bad #VeryBadDayEvent

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Disney’s "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" name sure is a mouthful to say and certainly lives up to the long time with just as much good, entertaining content. The movie centers around 11-year-old Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day that many would sympathize with...waking up with gum in his hair, embarrassing himself in front of his crush, and so on. He feels horribly misunderstood and feels no one understands him or even what it's like to have a bad day. Of course, this all happens on the day before his birthday and it just so happens his party clashes with the party of the most popular kid in his grade. Feeling all alone without anyone to understand and perhaps, love him, he makes a wish upon a cupcake. All he wants is for his family to understand what it's like to have a bad day...the trouble ensues.

The movie is partly based on the 42 page book written by Judith Viorst published in 1972 with the characters inspired by Viorst's sons Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas. Of course, a 42 page book wouldn't make a full length feature film lasting approximately 80 minutes. Producer Lisa Henson talked a little regarding the book during our interview and reminded us that the family isn't really mentioned in the original book. Rather creating the family, their identity and their roles was the creation of screen writer Rob Leiber. The book itself is covered by about 1/3 of the movie and the latter 2 acts that was newly created encompass the entire family's bad day.
#VeryBadDayEvent Lisa Henson interview, #VeryBadDay review
Lisa had also mentioned what a strange coincidence it was to cast an Australian (Ed Oxenbould) as Alexander, a character obsessed with all things Australian, yet he had to get rid his Australian accent.

What I liked about the film was the realistic components of the character's lives that really could parallel anyone else walking on the street and are up to date with the 21st century. All of the bad luck that happens are all plausible situations. We all have bad day and our mundane worries are reflected in this movie. Jennifer Garner is an executive at a publishing company in line for promotion and she is caught between focusing on advancing her career as many women do these days versus trying to maintain a balance at home and spending quality time with family. Steve Carell, on the other hand, has been laid off from work and is now a stay-at-home dad, even a "Fommy" -a f(ather) mommy. Couldn't you just picture yourself in some of those scenarios?
Review of Disney's Very Bad Day movie, #VeryBadDay, #VeryBadDayEvent
Lisa Henson and viewers alike would agree that the message of the film is that family is there to catch you when things go wrong and that "the movie has a lot of heart". And comedic surprises I might add. One particularly shocking surprise involved certain sexy, handsome, very well toned Australian cowboys, even during our press event! Don't worry, they keep it PG!
Why hello! #Thunderfromdownunder came to the #VeryBadDayEvent sessions! #funny #sexy #fun

#ThunderFromDownUnder surprises at #VeryBadDayEvent press day
It's a true family movie that will entertain children and adults alike, bringing a strong message across, while still being a fun, humorous, intelligent, and entertaining film. Catch it in theaters today!

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