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Alice Upside Down

Alice Upside Down

Movie
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On DVD: 
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Grade:
B+
Running Time: 
90 minutes

Based on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Alice Series of books, director Sandy Tung (this marks the 3rd time Tung has adapted a Naylor book for film) brings to life Alice’s awkward and accident prone life as she moves to a new town, goes to a new school, and is forced to deal with new people in her life. Starring Camp Rock’s Alyson Stoner as Alice and High School Musical’s Lucas Grabeel as Alice’s older brother Lester with 90210’s (1990) Luke Perry as Alice’s Father.

Even though the adults found this film to be a bit overacted the kids really loved it. It follows Alice but also has an underlying story about society’s expectations on beauty as well as introducing kids to such issues as losing a parent and feeling alienated in a new place. While there is a kid feel to it that makes some scenes feel less genuine Tung really does a fantastic job of creating a more serious ambiance around more pivotal scenes in the film to really hit the right emotion with the audience. Definitely a film geared more towards girls but delivered for the whole family to enjoy. Definitely worth seeing at least once and if you love it you might just end up owning it. Enjoy.

Special features on the disc include Interviews with Alyson Stoner and Lucas Grabeel. Grabeel’s interview feels more honest and down to earth while Stoner’s felt a lot like a sales push. Kids won’t know the difference but adults might find it unappealing. Also costumes of Alice Upside Down which explains Alice’s odd style, as well as sneak peeks of other attractions.

DVD Specs:

Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround 2.0

Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1

AJ Garcia
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