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How to Build a Better Boy (2014)

TV Movie  |   |  Family, Sci-Fi  |  15 August 2014 (USA)
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Teenage tech whizzes unwittingly use military software to program a robotic boyfriend.

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Gabby Harrison
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Mae Hartley
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Albert Banks
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Bart Hartley
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Nevaeh Barnes
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Jaden Stark
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Dr. James Hartley
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General McFee
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Major Jenks
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Zephyr
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Weevil (as Matt Taylor)
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Tony
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Follows high school sophomores Mae Hartley and Gabby Harrison, two tech-savvy best friends who devise a plan to create the perfect boyfriend with just a few strokes of the keyboard and a wireless connection. What Gabby and Mae don't realize is that the computer they use is set up to generate a robotic super soldier, which they have inadvertently activated in the form of Albert, a macho yet sensitive super cute boy. Written by Disney Channel

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Ashley Argota and Matt Shively previously co-starred in the series True Jackson, VP (2008), which aired on Disney Channel's rival network, Nickelodeon. They also worked together in The Troop (2009), another Nickelodeon show. See more »

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Events are supposed to be taking place in the United States, yet they are playing football on a Canadian-styled field. See more »

Quotes

Mae Hartley: My bubble is totally un-burst, because I already have a boyfriend!
Gabby Harrison: Mae, what are you doing?
Mae Hartley: See, my boyfriend - so cute, total hotburger - and... and his name is...
Gabby Harrison: Albert.
Mae Hartley: Albert!
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References Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

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Something Real
written by Antonina Armato, Tim James, IN-Q and Thomas Armato Sturges
Performed by Kelli Berglund and China Anne McClain
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Perfect in every way
15 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A couple of veterans from the Disney Channel, Chyna Anne McLain and Kelli Berglund are best friends and science geeks. That does not guarantee popularity in those frustrating high school years and after being put down by the high school trend setting teen queen Ashley Argota these two decide to create a boyfriend in Berglund's father's laboratory.

What they don't know is that the father Roger Bart is considerably more than a video game designer. He works for Uncle Sam and is developing a new weapon. Instead of a virtual boyfriend to holograph every now and then, the girls trigger a prototype of a new robot whom they program to be the dream boyfriend that anyone would want. When the program is complete, tall, blond, athletic and sensitive Marshall Williams comes into their lives. The perfect boyfriend for every girl and gay man around. Definitely these girls have learned How To Build A Better Boy.

But it's not just Argota who's upset. The government has discovered someone has hacked into Bart's laboratory and has put the program in motion. National Security is imperiled.

Watching this film a whole lot of possibilities occurred to me. For instance if one got an army of these one could take over the world unless someone put a worm in the program. And the race to make bigger and better robot soldiers, an interesting possibility for this country and other budding economic giants.

Still this is a Disney teen film and the first order is to get Berglund a love life. Williams does this for her, but not the way Berglund and McClain thought it would happen.

Not a great film, but a pleasant enough comedy with teen angst in it from the Magic Kingdom.


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