Cast: Alyson Stoner, Luke Perry, Lucas Grabeel, Penny Marshall
Still mourning the death of her mother a few years back, Alice finds her life seriously disrupted when her father Ben buys a store and moves her and her older brother Lester to a new town. In the painful throes of adolescence, Alice has a rough time adjusting to her new school, especially after she gets the stern Mrs. Plotkin as her core teacher. Feeling shy and isolated, Alice frequently escapes into a vivid fantasy life that occasionally gets her into hot water. But with a little unexpected help from Mrs. Plotkin, Alice learns not to judge by appearances or jump to conclusions. More importantly, she confronts her father over his inability to accept their loss and move on into the future.
based on the wildly successful series of Alice books by author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, the screenplay was written but new comer Meghan Heritage. The books are just a fun way for young ones to learn some lessons while being entertained along the way. There's certainly a lot to like here, the whole over-all feel of the film itself makes like your watching a film made by Disney, which can never be a bad thing for kids or parents. The cast is incredible from the leads to the supporting cast, but the highlight of the film is Alyson Stoner as Alice, they could not have found a better actress to play this role. Now do not believe for a minute that this young lady can't handlea leadig role, she has been acting most of her young life starring in the hit TV series, 'The Suite Life of Zack and Cody' as well as the hit movie 'Cheaper by The Dozen'. This is a wonderful film for the entire family, in fact watching it with you kids is a good idea cause the film inspires young ones and will also give them many questions that may want to ask you. In times like this with teen comedies full of raunchy one-liners and PG-13 horror remakes it is refreshing to see such a wholesome film filled with great family fun. I highly recommend this film to parents or anyone that just loves good cinema. The DVD comes with bonus features that include:
Widescreen Presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs
Interview With Alyson Stoner ("Alice McKinley")
Interview With Lucas Grabeel ("Lester McKinley")
The Costumes Of ALICE UPSIDE DOWN
Released by Anchor bay Entertainment. ***** Out Of *****