Adaptation #103: Alexander and the Delightful, Wonderful, Not Bad, Very Good Film

header103Dorin and Kendyl discuss the children’s book by Judith Viorst along side the film and are extremely pleased with how well the themes are portrayed on screen and how the additions take them one step further. There might be a little rant about the word “Fommy” and the road-safeness of the vehicle, but overall they give it a thumbs up!

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For a similar discussions, check out our episodes on The Boxtrolls, Frozen, Epic and The Invention of Hugo Cabret.


Music by DropVox


Elementary Season 3

-Premieres Oct 30 on CBS

-Based on the book series by Arthur Conan Doyle


-Oct 31 (US and UK)

-Based on the novel by Joe Hill


Andrew (on the 100th episode celebration): “Happy 100th birthday you guys! Personally I liked the Amazing Spiderman 2 episode as you based it on my comments. #totally_biased”

Main Discussion

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

-by Judith Viorst

-published in 1972

-first in series about Alexander, followed by Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday,  Alexander Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move and Alexander, Who’s Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever

-Some days are like that, even in Australia.

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (2014)

-Written by Rob Lieber

-Directed by Miguel Arteta

-Starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould and Dylan Minnette. Kerris Dorsey


-really glad they changed one of his brothers to a sister, otherwise we would only have mother and bitchy girlfriend

-obviously, a lot added. he has his bad day at the very beginning, followed by family’s bad day and his good one

-small thing, but really don’t like the “Fommy” thing, taking care of your kid is just being a FATHER

-very happy they kept the Australia thing

-themes: family/what is important, life is messy, importance of understanding/validation, bringing others down doesn’t bring you up, you can’t always be optimistic (some days are just bad)

Next episode: ASOIAF: A Feast For Crows by George RR Martin
Previous episode: The Maze Runner (film)

2 thoughts on “Adaptation #103: Alexander and the Delightful, Wonderful, Not Bad, Very Good Film

  1. Pingback: Adaptation #104: A Feast of Trust Issues | Adaptation: A Podcast Dedicated to Film Adaptations

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