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How to Build a Better Boy (2014)

Teenage tech whizzes unwittingly use military software to program a robotic boyfriend.


Paul Hoen


Jason Mayland
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Cast overview, first billed only:
China Anne McClain ... Gabby Harrison
Kelli Berglund ... Mae Hartley
Marshall Williams ... Albert Banks
Matt Shively ... Bart Hartley
Ashley Argota ... Nevaeh Barnes
Noah Centineo ... Jaden Stark
Roger Bart ... Dr. James Hartley
Ron Lea ... General McFee
Ieva Lucs Ieva Lucs ... Major Jenks
Paulino Nunes ... Zephyr
Matthew G. Taylor ... Weevil (as Matt Taylor)
Alex Karzis ... Pox
Christina Fox ... Ella
Sasha Clements ... Marnie
Jesse Camacho ... Tony


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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Never underestimate two girls with a plan.


Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


Mae and Gabi's School Rival in this film is named Navaeh Barnes. Barnes interestingly enough was also the surname of the Main Characters' School Rival in the Disney Channel Original Movie Princess Protection Program (2009) 5 years prior. See more »


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


General McFee: Give yourselves up! You've stolen property of the United States government. Come out peacefully and tell us everything we want to know, or you will be locked up and tried for treason!
James Hartley: And there is no way you are going to homecoming!
Mae Hartley: [first line upon her and Gabby coming out from behind the pile of pallets with their hands up] But, Dad!
James Hartley: Not another word, young lady. I want you to get into this bulletproof Humvee this minute. And I want you to think about what you have done!
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21 April 2020 | by youyuzhen-07323See all my reviews

Ha, I don't know why I saw this movie. AHA. Can be regarded as history, the ugliest Disney film, in addition to the male master can watch a little bit, everyone else is ugly. Is that mean girI sure it's not from Thailand? And I speak French all day. Is it true that her brother, the lady, is not here to be a guest? Ha, like. If you don't like me, that's your problem. Right

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English | French

Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Build a Better Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Production Co:

Schorr Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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