Judith Viorst’s book was first published in 1972 and tells the story of a boy named Alexander who can’t seem to rest. He wakes up with gum in his hair, he’s forced to sit in the middle seat while carpooling, he gets a question wrong in front of the whole class, his best friend just wants to be friends” when”, his mother forgot to ask a question. dessert in his lunch, he got tooth decay at the dentist, the store sold out the shoes he wanted, he got in trouble for making a mess at his father’s office, his mother cook his favorite dish for dinner, he ends up seeing kiss scenes on TV, he has to go to bed in uncomfortable pajamas, the night light goes out, he bites his tongue, his brother takes his pillow him from him, and his pet cat chooses not to sleep with him. Alexander spends the entire book threatening to move to Australia, even as his mother reminds him that “everyone has bad days.”
In the 2014 film, “bad days” episodes have evolved for modern audiences, and include plot gear about the entire Alexander family going through their own bad days. Alexander feels abandoned and unappreciated, unaware that it’s because everyone in their lives is facing their own, unique problems. The new angle of setting the story up during a road trip is an interesting pivot for the material, allowing the story to truly stand on its own. Perhaps the same story could have been achieved without the book’s title, but it certainly helped bring the new project to our attention.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1038839/a-new-alexander-and-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day-film-starring-george-lopez-is-coming-to-disney/ A New Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Movie starring George Lopez is coming to Disney+