Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori (How to Grow Up Despite Your Parents) is a Disney movie related to Alex & Co.

It premiered on November 24, 2016 in Italian cinemas. It premiered in the United States at the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival on February 21, 2017.[1] The movie was released on DVD and digital platforms (such as iTunes) on March 15, 2017 in Italy.[2] The DVD has Italian audio and English subtitles.

In the United Kingdom, the film was shown on March 5, 2018 on Disney Channel.



More often than not, parents are in open contrast with their children’s teachers: They always question their judgment and see conspiracies everywhere, failing to realize that by doing so they severely impair the growth of their kids. The parents always say “We know our child better than everyone, and we know exactly what he has to learn”. That’s exactly what happens to the young cast of “How to Grow Up Despite Your Parents”. When the new high school principal, who doesn’t approve recreational activities, decides not to allow the participation of her students to the national battle of the bands, boys and girls suffer a mortal blow: They live to make music. But when the parents start to protest the decision, the principal decides to double the daily homework. After the first bad grades, the parents decide to stop the protest and submit to the principal’s decision. However, fueled by their pride, the kids sign up for the battle of the bands despite their parents’ decision. Facing impossible odds, boys and girls will learn to grow up in surprising ways.


The decision of the principal not to join the national school competition for music groups will be a fatal blow for the boys because of their unbridled passion for music. Initially the parents take up the defense of their children, but then the principal will decide to double their homework. Against parents and the principal, the boys decide to enroll in the music competition. The challenge seems impossible but instead it will take the kids to grow up in a surprising way between all kinds of obstacles to overcome.

Cast and Characters

Main characters


Other characters

Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori - Trailer 1 (English subtitles)

Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori - Trailer 1 (English subtitles)

Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori - Trailer 2 (English subtitles)

Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori - Trailer 2 (English subtitles)

Alex & Co How To Grow Up Despite Your Parents - English Trailer

Alex & Co How To Grow Up Despite Your Parents - English Trailer

Supporting characters


Series songs:


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On December 2, 2015, Disney Channel Italy announced they were preparing a movie based on the series, planned for September 2016. On March 31, 2016 it was announced the release date of the movie, November 24, 2016. On October 21, 2016 title and cast were revealed.

The movie includes the main cast of Alex & Co. but it also features famous actors such as Matthew Modine, Margherita Buy and Giovanna Mezzogiorno.

Four days before the movie release, a 22-minute promotional "behind the scenes" was broadcast on Disney Channel Italy. It is included in the DVD extras and available on YouTube (in Italian).

International releases

Country Platform Premiere date Title
Italy flag Italy Cinema November 24, 2016 Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori
DVD and digital platforms March 15, 2017[2]
Sky Cinema Uno (TV) September 15, 2017[3]
Netflix Italy September 15, 2018[4]
US flag United States Los Angeles Italia Film Festival February 21, 2017 How to Grow Up Despite Your Parents [1]
Spain flag Spain Disney Channel Spain April 16, 2017 Alex & Friends. Sobreviviendo a los padres [5][6]
Canada flag Canada Italian Contemporary Film Festival Junior 2017 May 8, 2017 How to Grow Up Despite Your Parents [7][8]
Romania flag Romania Disney Channel Romania July 15,2017 Alex și trupa: cum să devii mare chiar dacă părinții îți pun bețe-n roate [9]
Bulgaria flag Bulgaria Disney Channel Bulgaria Групата на Алекс: Как да следваш мечтите си, въпреки възрастните [10]
Poland flag Poland Disney Channel Poland July 22, 2017

Alex i spółka: Jak dorosnąć pod okiem rodziców [11][12]

Hungary flag Hungary Disney Channel Hungary and Czech Republic July 28, 2017 Alex és bandája: Hogyan nőjünk fel a szüleink akarata ellenére [13][14]
Czech Republic flag Czech Republic Alex a spol: Jak dospět navzdory rodičům [15][16]
Germany flag Germany Disney Channel Germany August 27, 2017 Alex & Co. – Der Film (Official title) [17]
Wie man trotz Eltern erwachsen wird (Title on screen) [18]
France flag France Disney Channel France September 27, 2017 Alex & Co. le film [19][20]
Greece flag Greece Disney Channel Greece January 26, 2018 Πώς να μεγαλώσεις χωρίς τη βοήθεια των γονιών σου [21]
Middle East flag Middle East Disney Channel Middle East Alex & Co: How To Grow Up Despite Your Parents [22]
South Africa flag South Africa Disney Channel South Africa
LatinAmericanFlags Latin America Disney Channel Latin America and Brazil February 10, 2018 Alex & Co.: Cómo crecer a pesar de tus padres [23]
Brazil flag Brazil Alex & Co. – Como crescer, apesar dos pais [24]
UK flag United Kingdom Disney Channel UK and Ireland March 5, 2018 Alex & Co: How to Grow up Despite Your Parents
Ireland flag Ireland
Benelux flag Netherlands and Belgium Disney Channel Netherlands and Belgium March 24, 2018 Alex & Co: Volwassen worden ondanks je ouders (NL)
Alex & Co. De film (NL-BE) [25]
Alex & Co. le film (FR-BE) [26]


  • This movie continues the events of Alex & Co since the end of season 2, when Nicole left Alex. However, Sam's girlfriend is not Rebecca, who does not exist in this universe.
  • This movie can be placed in a parallel universe compared to the Alex & Co. one, because the characters have common points, but they have different love stories and some of the parents who appeared in seasons 1 and 2 are portrayed by different actors.
  • Filming for the movie began on July 8, 2016 and finished in late September 2016.
  • The movie was shot after Season 3 Part 1 and premiered in that same order in most countries. The only exceptions are France, Greece, Middle East, South Africa and Benelux, where it was shown after ending the whole Season 3, and Germany, Latin America, Brazil and the UK, where it aired just after Season 2.
  • The original italian title Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori has a double meaning. "Diventare Grandi" means in fact, both "To Grow Up" and "To Become Great".
  • For timing reasons, all songs have been really shortened in comparison with full versions.
  • Unlike the series, songs didn't have subtitles originally. Despite that, in Germany, France and French Belgium, Latin America and Brazil subtitles were added.
  • The Mad&Bros band exists in real life.
    • Inside the movie they are named Mad&Bross.
    • Their songs contain explicit lyrics that were changed for the movie to be suitable for all audiences.
    • Their songs are the only ones fully sung in Italian in all the Alex & Co. world.
  • Gennaro Nunziante, the screenwriter of the movie, made a brief appearance as the priest of the church where Davide plays the piano.
  • The movie premiered in the United States at the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival 2017, presented by Eleonora Gaggero and her sister.[27] It was also shown the next year, introduced by Leonardo Cecchi.[28] On both occasions, it was shown in Italian with English subtitles.



Alex: The music room is our right!
Silvia Rufini: Only the great people understand the importance of certain words.
Rick De Ponte: Where did I go wrong? Where?
Bob Riley: It's so for the songs, just get in a listening position with the world and hear that the wind carries the notes and the words you need to live.
Emma: You're too kind, dad.
Christian: Forgive me.
Emma: Forgive me too.
Emma: I love you.
Christian: Me too!
Davide Aiello: A girl takes away so much time. How can I study piano then?
Christian: I want to play music because that's what makes me happy.
Mary: Evelyn talked to me a lot about Sam for so long, she is in love!


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Los Angeles Italia Film Festival invitation
  2. 2.0 2.1 Post on the movie's official Facebook page about the digital release
  3. First TV airing of the movie on Sky Cinema
  4. Alex & Co. movie on Netflix
  5. Alex & Friends movie
  6. Title screen in Spain
  7. Post on the movie's official Facebook page about the movie being shown on Canada
  8. Page of the movie on the Film Festival website
  9. Romanian Trailer
  10. Bulgarian Trailer
  11. Disney Channel Poland July 22, 2017 Schedule
  12. Polish Trailer
  13. Disney Channel Hungary July 2017 Schedule
  14. Hungarian Trailer
  15. Disney Channel Czech Republic July 2017 Schedule
  16. Czech Trailer
  17. Alex & Co. – Der Film
  18. Title screen in German
  19. French Trailer
  20. Title screen in French
  21. Disney Channel Greece January premieres
  22. English Trailer for Middle East and South Africa
  23. Latin American Trailer
  24. Brazilian Trailer
  25. Belgian Dutch Trailer
  26. Belgian French Trailer
  27. The Italian actress Eleonora Gaggero presented "How to Grow up Despite Your Parents" at Los Angeles
  28. L.A. Italia 2018 - Program