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Alice Upside Down
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DVD cover
Directed by Sandy Tung
Produced by Dale Rosenbloom
Carl Borack
Sandy Tung
Declan O'Brien
Screenplay by Sandy Tung
Meghan Heritage
Story by Sandy Tung
Meghan Heritage
Declan O'Brien
Starring Alyson Stoner
Lucas Grabeel
Bridgit Mendler
Luke Perry
Penny Marshall
Ashley Eckstein
Music by Adam Gorgoni
Cinematography Mark Mervis
Editing by Clarinda Wong
Studio Open Pictures
Avondale Entertainment Group
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release date(s) October 6, 2007
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Alice Upside Down is a 2007 comedy-drama film, based in the Alice series written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. The film was shot at Bishop DuBourg High School in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Screened in limited cinema in 2007, it was released wide straight-to-DVD on July 29, 2008. In North America, it airs on Starz Kids & Family, but in the early years, it was on demand. The film's plot centers on Alice, an 11-year-old girl starting the sixth grade at a new school. It was starring Alyson Stoner, Lucas Grabeel, Bridgit Mendler, Luke Perry, Penny Marshall and Ashley Eckstein.

Plot

Alice McKinley (Alyson Stoner) is an 11-year-old girl who is facing many challenges. Her mother, Marie, died when she was very young, so she never really got to know her. She lives with her brother Lester (Lucas Grabeel) and her father, Ben (Luke Perry). The family moves to a new house, and soon meet their new neighbors, a girl Alice's age named Elizabeth (Parker McKenna Posey) and her mother. The next day Alice goes to school with Elizabeth and runs into a boy named Patrick (Dylan McLaughlin), whom she accidentally walked in on in a dressing room a few days earlier - in his underwear! They line up to find their teachers, and Alice really hopes she's in beautiful Miss Cole's (Ashley Eckstein) class. Instead, she winds up with the seemingly evil (but actually strict and caring) Mrs. Plotkin (Penny Marshall), who gives her a hard time. Alice tries out for a play that Miss Cole's class is directing, and really wants the princess role. Unfortunately, Alice is tone-deaf (although her dad is a musician), so she's unable to get the part. Her arch rival Pamela (Bridgit Mendler) gets the role instead, and Alice lands the role of a frog. Pamela hasn't been very nice to Alice ever since she came to school. Alice tells her dad and brother about it, but they end up being discouraging. Her dad opens a new shop, and Alice tries to set up her dad and Miss Cole up, as she's searching for a mother figure to replace the one she lost, but her dad says she is too young for him. Then her dad starts dating a new girl, Kelly, (Jilanne Klaus) and Alice is afraid her father will marry her. One night, Alice sneaks downstairs and sees her father and Kelly kissing, and it really hurts her. Her Aunt Sally (Ann Dowd), who is her mother's older sister, and her husband come to visit. Their father finds Aunt Sally annoying, as she thinks they can't take care of themselves. During the visit, Alice finds a video of her mother, and later watches the video. Her father reprimands her when he finds out, saying that those videos were private. Back at school, Alice slowly begins to bond with Mrs. Plotkin, and finds that she isn't the witch everyone thinks she is. She also realizes that Miss Cole isn't all that. On the night of the play, Alice accidentally tears down the set, and everyone is upset at her, including Miss Cole. They tell her to leave, but Mrs. Plotkin is right there to help her though. After the play, everyone apologizes, even Pamela. At the end of the movie, Pamela and Alice are friends, Patrick asks Alice out, which leads to her having a daydream about her and Patrick kissing, and Lester is seen playing with his band, the Naked Nomads.

Cast

  • Alyson Stoner as Alice McKinley
  • Lucas Grabeel as Lester McKinley
  • Bridgit Mendler as Pamela Jones
  • Luke Perry as Ben McKinley
  • Penny Marshall as Mrs. Plotkin
  • Ashley Eckstein as Mrs. Cole
  • Dylan McLaughlin as Patrick Long
  • Parker McKenna Posey as Elizabeth Price
  • Ann Dowd as Aunt Sally McKinley
  • Boris Kodjoe as Mr. Edgecomb
  • Jilanne Klaus as Kelly
  • Jona Xiao as Loretta
  • Alexandria Basso as Marilyn
  • Monica Parks as Mrs. Price

Soundtrack

Alice Upside Down
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released September 16, 2008
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop rock
Length 38:32
Label Dauman Music

Alice Upside Down is a soundtrack album by the film of the same name, released on September 16, 2008 by Dauman Music and distributed by Federal Distribution.

Track listing

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Lost and Found"   Alyson Stoner 3:42
2. "Gotta Rock"   Lucas Grabeel 3:34
3. "Jenny Got A Fever"   Lucas Grabeel 3:50
4. "Good Time"   Eliot Sloan 2:46
5. "Something Out Of Nothing"   Lost Tricks 2:44
6. "Wrap Around"   Dayna Lane 2:37
7. "Starting Over"   Jordan John 2:53
8. "If You Didn't Care"   Dayna Lane 4:06
9. "Free Spirit" (backing vocals by Bridgit Mendler) Alyson Stoner 3:33
10. "Higher" (DJ Scotty K Mix) Tiffany 6:49
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