Bad Hair Day
Promotional poster
GenreComedy, Adventure, Teen
Written by
  • Matt Eddy
  • Billy Eddy
  • Eric M. Gardner
  • Steven H. Wilson
Story by
  • Eric M. Gardner
  • Steven H. Wilson
Directed byÉrik Canuel
Theme music composerMichel Corriveau
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original languageEnglish
ProducerFrançois Sylvestre
CinematographyMario Janelle
EditorJean-François Bergeron
Running time91 minutes
Production companyMuse Distribution International
Original release
NetworkDisney Channel
ReleaseFebruary 13, 2015 (2015-02-13)[1]

Bad Hair Day is a Disney Channel Original Movie which premiered on February 13, 2015, starring Laura Marano and Leigh-Allyn Baker.[2] The story centers on 16-year-old Monica Reeves, who is running for Prom Queen at her high school. One day, she wakes up with crazy hair after combining loads of different products. But Monica soon has bigger things to worry about when ex-police Lieutenant Elizabeth "Liz" Morgan arrives at Monica’s door in search of a $7 million diamond necklace. The two become unlikely friends as they race to fix Monica’s hair for prom and protect the necklace from falling into the hands of a world-renewed jewel thief, Pierce Peters.


Monica Reeves, a high school senior, is determined to become prom queen and is planning to go to MIT or a state university. She prepares herself the day before prom so she can save time when it comes, and thinks nothing will go wrong. On the big day, however, she wakes up with a bad hair day, and everything that can go wrong does: Her prom dress is destroyed, and her shoes break.

Monica answers the door to a woman claiming to be an FBI agent. The woman, Liz Morgan, seeks a necklace that Monica purchased at an antique shop, wanting to recover it and get her job back. In verifying Liz's credentials, Monica discovers that Liz is not actually an FBI agent but a private investigator. Monica smartly deduces Liz's claim, and she coaxes Liz into giving her a ride around town to fix her hair, replace her outfit, and take her to get driving lessons in exchange for the necklace.

Prom day goes from bad to worse as the pair is pursued by Pierce Peters, an intelligent British jewel thief who is also pursuing the diamond to give it to a buyer. Meanwhile, Monica finds that she cannot get an appointment to fix her hair or replace her dress and shoes. Furthermore, her supposed boyfriend Kyle has been cheating on her with her school rival, Ashley, who is also running for prom queen.

After Liz tries to retaliate by scaring Monica's boyfriend with an arrest on trumped-up charges, Liz gets arrested and Monica learns that Liz is a suspended police officer who has been scolded by the police chief from her department who is also her mother after her previous failures in catching Pierce. While Liz is being scolded, Monica meets her former partner, Ed.

Afterward, Liz confesses that the necklace had a priceless diamond that was on display at a museum that was stolen by Peters, a crime she felt guilty for allowing to take place, as she believed that she could handle it without calling for backup. The diamond was on the verge of being sold to a shady buyer wearing "the safari look," but was passed along to someone else by mistake with a similar look and subsequently lost in various exchanges.

When the time comes to take her driving lesson, Monica talks the instructor and Liz into letting them use her car, named Brando, when suddenly they encounter Pierce and are taken on a wild ride throughout the city. After Monica fails her driving lesson and Liz gets her car towed away, they argue over their predicament, splitting the two of them up. Pierce makes a phone call to Monica, informing her that he kidnapped her father. Monica and Liz work together to get the car back.

Arriving at Pierce's hideout, Liz states that she can't transfer to another police station to get away from the police chief because the police chief is her mother. Monica and Liz are lured into a trap by Pierce, but they outsmart him. After being tasered by Liz, Pierce is arrested by the police. Liz calls for backup.

In the end, Liz is reinstated on the force by her mother. Liz then sorts out Monica's hair and clothes. Monica and Liz go to the prom (with a full police procession), where Monica is told that she has been voted prom queen after her ex-boyfriend's infidelity went viral. Monica tells the crowd that being perfect is overrated, and all enjoy the night. She also decides to go to MIT.



Filming occurred in the city of Montreal, Quebec.[5][6] In an interview with Variety, Baker said, "I wanted to executive produce because I wanted to see what it was like to build and fulfill a vision from the ground up, and since this was Disney Channel's first movie with an adult lead, I wanted that role to be protected and I wanted the movie to have my creative stamp on it." She also liked that she got to work on the Disney movie because it taps into her family unit fanbase. Marano also mentioned that it was her first DCOM. Filming took place in Montreal, standing in for an unnamed American city. Marano noted that in contrast to Austin & Ally which had four cameras and shot about ten scenes a day, the film shot with fewer cameras and fewer scenes, one of which took the entire day.[7]

Marano said that she likes that her character embodies two normally contrasting high school cliches – a prom queen nominee who likes beauty and fashion and is popular, and a computer whiz who has a nerdy tech obsession and codes.[8][9] She also likes that she relates with her character when deciding whether to go to the state college or MIT.[9]

The film's soundtrack was composed by Michael Corriveau. He mixed over 60 minutes of music with Sylvain Lefebvre of Lamajeure. According to the Lamajeure website, the soundtrack used pop, rhythmic and classical music. Corriveau worked with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague, and the recording was done at the Dvorak Hall at the Rudolfinum.[10][11]

The feature song is "For the Ride" by Laura Marano.[4][12] The song used in the trailer was "Nuthin'" by Lecrae.[13] Other songs include: "Rooftop" by Skylar Stecker,[14] "Colorful World" by Shayna Rose,[15] "All Over The World" by The Fooo Conspiracy[citation needed], "Happy Place" feat. Hanna Ashbook by Oh, Hush![citation needed], and "Heatroc" feat. Lazarus by Agzilla.[16]


The film was first released on February 6, 2015 on WATCH Disney Channel, and had its premiere broadcast in the US on February 13.[17] It premiered in Canada on the Family Channel on March 20,[18] and in Australia on April 17.[19]


Bad Hair Day delivered 4.0 million viewers for its television premiere and has had 435,000 views on the WATCH Disney Channel app since it was released on February 6.[17][20] Amy Amatangelo of The Hollywood Reporter found the duo of Baker and Marano "played well off each other", and that Marano's character was "refreshingly age-appropriate". She found the movie to be goofy but not slapsticky, and that it was "like a junior version of Thelma and Louise albeit with a much, much happier ending."[21]


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  2. ^ a b c Variety staff (July 8, 2014). "'Bad Hair Day': Laura Marano, Leigh-Allyn Baker to Star in Disney Channel Original Movie". Variety. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Bibel, Sara. "Original Movie 'Bad Hair Day' Starring Laura Marano & Leigh-Allyn Baker to Premiere Friday, February 13 on Disney Channel". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Bad Hair Day. Disney Channel. 2015.
  5. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (February 2, 2015). "[WATCH] 'Bad Hair Day': Laura Marano's First Disney Channel Original Movie — Clip – Variety". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Variety Staff (July 8, 2014). "'Bad Hair Day': Laura Marano, Leigh-Allyn Baker to Star in Disney Channel Original Movie". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  7. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 2, 2015). "Laura Marano & Leigh-Allyn Baker Preview Disney Movie 'Bad Hair Day' (Exclusive Clip)". Variety.
  8. ^ Hollywood Confessions: Laura Marano From 'Bad Hair Day'. Radar Online. February 13, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Strasburger, Chantal (February 12, 2015). "Laura Marano on Her Upcoming Movie Bad Hair Day". Teen Vogue.
  10. ^ Motion In Design. "Michel Corriveau". Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  11. ^ Motion In Design. "Corriveau's Soundtrack for Bad Hair Day". Lamajeure. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  12. ^ "Get a Sneak Preview of Laura Marano's "For the Ride" from Bad Hair Day". Disney Blogs. February 8, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "Lecrae Song 'Nuthin' Appears in Trailer for Upcoming Disney Movie 'Bad Hair Day'". Christian Post. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  14. ^ "Skylar Stecker Guest Starring On Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally"". Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  15. ^ Shayna Rose [@theshaynarose] (February 14, 2015). "Tyler Shamy and I have our song "Colorful World" featured in tonight's Disney Channel premiere movie #BadHairDay...." (Tweet). Retrieved May 7, 2015 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "Lowdown: Disney Channel – Bad Hair Day". Agzilla. February 26, 2015. Archived from the original on March 30, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015. Thanks to the good people at Zone and Boost Music my track 'Heatroc' Feat: Lazarus has been picked up and used in a Disney Channel Feature Movie called Bad Hair Day, look out when the lady cop pulls over the kids in the car, it's a fun film and great usage, we're very happy to know our track reached just under five million viewers when it premiered on Feb 13th 2015.
  17. ^ a b "Original Movie 'Bad Hair Day' Delivers 4 Million Viewers on Disney Channel" (Press release). Disney Channel. February 17, 2015. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via TV by the Numbers.
  18. ^ Family Channel (February 19, 2015). "Bad Hair Day (Trailer)". YouTube. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  19. ^ "April 2015 – A-Z Movies" (PDF). Foxtel. Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  20. ^ Baron, Steve (February 17, 2015). "Friday Cable Ratings: 'Gold Rush' Wins Night, 'Alaskan Bush People', NBA Celebrity All-Stars Game,'Bad Hair Day', 'Bring It' & More". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  21. ^ Amatangelo, Amy (February 12, 2015). "'Bad Hair Day': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 18, 2015.