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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?


Roger Bart, Doctor James Hartley in the movie, has been connected with Disney. In the past, he was the singing voices of the Title Character in Hercules (1997), and Scamp in Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure (2001). He also made an appearance in the Disney Channel series, Jessie (2011) in the Season 3 episode "Krumping and Crushing" earlier the same year this movie came out, as the dance teacher of Luke Ross. 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: Jenx! Tell me you have a witness.
Major Jenks: Nothing solid, sir. Just a lady walking her dog last night.
General McFee: Did she give a description?
Major Jenks: [referring to notes] Yes. She said he was "super cute candy sugar in my eye holes and the honorary mayor of Hunky Town," sir.
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Performed by Sabrina Carpenter
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User Reviews

Nothing good about this movie
10 June 2015 | by rockyroselingSee all my reviews

This movie is just awful in every way.

The main characters are nerds. You can tell because, you see, in Disney Channel Land glasses automatically means that they must be nerdy. And in the 2 beginning scenes the girls are getting picked on RIGHT IN FRONT OF TEACHERS! Someone would've said something to a teacher and most would've sided with the 2 girls. And of courses there's a obnoxious "hot" athletic dude that one nerd likes.

Yeah, this movie is incredibly cliché.

Not to mention, when Albert is taken away, the first girl is extremely conceited. She tells the other girl that he'll come back for her instead of, I don't know, fighting for your lives.

Also, Disney released another movie talking about "making boys better". (That movie was Zapped.) Disney, why do you care so much about how bad boys apparently are? Personally, and this a coming from a girl, at this age, boys are a lot less annoying than girls. But of course, girls are their main audience and those 11-year-old girls need something to watch when their boyfriend that they only had for a month breaks up with them. Or the girls who always post "If you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best." Facebook quotes.

Overall, really cliché and guy bashing movie.

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Schorr Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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