Lessons In It’s Not All Rainbows And Butterflies: Disney Channel Bad Hair Day Film Review #BadHairDay

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Disney and the Disney Channel.  I received an all-expense paid trip from Disney so that I could gather and share this information. However, all experiences and opinions are always 100% my own as this post is written by me in its entirety.

Ever woken up and felt like not only did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, but perhaps you didn’t sleep at all? Worst feeling ever right? Kind of like when you have that gut feeling that nothing can possibly go right for you that day. Try as you might will the day to be better, it’s just going from bad to worse? If you knew in the end that a powerful and valuable lesson would be learned, would you be willing to sacrifice just one not so perfect day?

Picture this, it’s the biggest day of your life ever, the day you’ve been waiting for like FOREVER. You’ve dreamed of it, planned for it and have done everything in your power to prepare for it. And like an unexpected pull of a string on a knit shirt, it all starts to unravel.

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BAD HAIR DAY (Disney Channel/Jan Thijs) LAURA MARANO

Everything happens for a reason though right? At least that’s what many people tend to say. For me this isn’t just any old saying, it is something I strongly believe in. Want to know why? Tune into the Disney Channel on Friday, February 13 at 8pm EST to watch the newest Disney Channel original movie Bad Hair Day and you will totally understand why I believe so.

Just a courtesy reminder that this is a movie review and if you continue to read past this point you may encounter scene spoilers, but it’s totally worth it!!!

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While I was in LA I visited the Disney Channel studios building for a special screening of Bad Hair Day staring Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”) and Leigh-Allyn Baker (“Good Luck Charlie”.) Not only was Leigh-Allyn there personally watching the movie with us – myself along with 24 really cool bloggers – but Baker also granted us an interview during which I may have blinded her, oops. Enough about me though, lets talk Bad Hair Day!

The girls aren’t yet old enough for the Disney Channel so we usually stick with Disney Junior, as I type this I can hear it playing from the living room. Had it not been for this screening I likely would have missed an amazing movie since my TV time is pretty limited (about an hour a week.) Being that this was a Disney Channel movie I was picturing pretty flowers, a few unicorns, a rainbow with a pot of gold and beautiful butterflies fluttering about. Oh and at least one Prince Charming, a bad dream/nightmare (to explain the Bad Hair Day title away) and lots of puffy red hearts. Instead I got a dose of reality, some lessons in life and a bunch of laughs to drink it all down with.

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BAD HAIR DAY (Disney Channel/Jan Thijs) LEIGH-ALLYN BAKER, LAURA MARANO

Bad Hair Day brings together two characters from very different walks of life. Unbeknownst to them, they are more alike than different, except when it comes to fashion sense and grace. Marano plays the role of Monica, a techie high school senior, who desperately wants to win the approval of her peers and become Prom Queen. On what is supposed to be her best day ever events begin to unfold and a teenage girls nightmare follows due to a series of unfortunate events, think fried hair – melted prom dress – broken shoes. Add to that she encounters Liz, a once upon a time cop with bad style, no personality and a knack for embarrassment. Liz wants her job back – which will only happen if she can recover the stolen jewels she “lost” – and Monica needs to get herself – her hair, her dress and her shoes – back in order, and take her driving test, all before the no good Ashley – the movies version of a high school mean girl – steals yet another things from her, the Prom Queen title!

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Liz tracks the stolen jewels to Monica, who saw them in a store window singing to her. Liz pretends to be a private investigator looking to recover the jewels for her client, but that cover doesn’t fly with the intelligent Monica. But Liz isn’t the only one on a mission, Monica’s world is slowly collapsing around her and she needs to pick up the pieces, FAST! Monica promises to turn over the jewels to Liz, but only if Liz will drive her to the shopping mall and the motor vehicles office.

BAD HAIR DAY - Disney Channel viewer favorites Laura Marano ("Austin & Ally") and Leigh-Allyn Baker ("Good Luck Charlie") star in "Bad Hair Day," a buddy comedy about a high school tech-whiz whose prom day abruptly shifts into a wild ride across town, thanks to a down-on-her-luck cop and a jewel thief. Leigh-Allyn Baker also executive-produces this Disney Channel Original Movie, premiering FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT). (Disney Channel/Jan Thijs) JAKE MANLEY, ZOE DE GRAND MAISON, LAURA MARANO, LEIGH-ALLYN BAKER
BAD HAIR DAY – Disney Channel viewer favorites Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”) and Leigh-Allyn Baker (“Good Luck Charlie”) star in “Bad Hair Day,” a buddy comedy about a high school tech-whiz whose prom day abruptly shifts into a wild ride across town, thanks to a down-on-her-luck cop and a jewel thief. Leigh-Allyn Baker also executive-produces this Disney Channel Original Movie, premiering FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT). (Disney Channel/Jan Thijs) JAKE MANLEY, ZOE DE GRAND MAISON, LAURA MARANO, LEIGH-ALLYN BAKER

As they go through their day one bad move encounters another, at one point Liz discovering Monica’s boyfriend schmoozing with the enemy – Ashley. As Monica runs off in tears after being embarrassed and berated by her boyfriend and Ashley, respectively, Liz comes to her rescue by hilariously embarrassing Monica’s boyfriend, giving him a taste of his own medicine. It’s all fun and games until the real mall security shows up and carts off Liz to the police station.

Monica discovers that for Liz this isn’t just about recovering the stolen jewels, but gaining the love and approval of the Police Chief, Liz’s own mama!!! Just when you think things can’t get any hairier, the jewel thief tracks down Monica and Liz just as Monica is taking her driving test. Running red lights and driving on sidewalks while being pursued by the jewel doesn’t win Monica any awards – especially not a driver’s license.

The comedy is non-stop as Liz and Monica both continue to seek out the approval of the peers, find support and love in each other and realize it’s what is on the inside that really matters. You will find that comfort comes in the form of friends, family and a bit of self-reflection to realize what it is you are seeking.

Bad Hair Day also stars a few fun and slick male characters, which will appeal to the Papas of the house, Pierce – actually he looks a little like Pierce Brosnan – the slick Jewel Thief, Ed – Liz’s former partner, and Monica’s dad – the single dad trying hard to raise a daughter on his own – and fit in with the times. You will laugh, cry, and laugh some more. A must see for the entire family!

Synopsis:

Popular actresses Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”) and Leigh-Allyn Baker (“Good Luck Charlie”) team up to star in the comedic buddy adventure “Bad Hair Day,” a Disney Channel Original Movie scheduled to premiere in 2015. Leigh-Allyn Baker makes her foray into producing as executive producer of the movie.

Marano stars as a high school tech whiz who’s bound and determined to be crowned prom queen. But on the big day, everything that can go wrong does go wrong, starting with her sudden and epically uncontrollable hair and her once lovely yet now destroyed prom dress. She soon comes to rely on a down-on-her-luck cop (Baker) who’s in pursuit of a missing necklace that the teen unwittingly has in her possession. Prom day goes from bad to mad as the pair is pursued by a dogged jewel thief on a wild ride across the city. Christian Campbell (“Neighbor”) has been cast as the jewel thief.

Bad Hair Day premieres on Friday, February 13th at 8pm EST on Disney Channel, with WATCH Disney Channel simulcast. In case you miss it, Bad Hair Day will be available for purchase through Apple iTunes, Amazon Instant Video Store and Google Play on February 14th. Get social online with the official movie hashtag #BadHairDay to learn more and interact with other fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Chat live with the stars of Bad Hair Day during the premiere on Friday and be sure to submit questions you have for them using #BadHairDay on Twitter!

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Mama E

Multitasking mama to 3 living in Miami. Blogging about parenting, lifestyle, cooking and traveling. Covering everything from diapers to dorm rooms. Ask me anything, I’ve done it all.

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