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How to Build a Better Boy (2014)

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

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Paul Hoen

Writer:

Jason Mayland
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Cast

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 Christina Fox ... Ella
Sasha Clements ... Marnie
Jesse Camacho ... Tony
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

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 II: 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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

References Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Your Ways
Written by Carlos R. Perez
Performed by Chuckie Perez
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters Music Group, LLC.
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Two genius high school girls build a dream boat
22 August 2014 | by jgoodman-laSee all my reviews

Terrific movie by Disney standards and any standards. The cast was excellent, it was very well written and funny. I liked the scientists being girls (girls so badly need good geek role models!) I also thought the boy they created was great: a dream boy but he was so smooth and charming and funny in a completely easy way. Girls will relate to this one and boys will too. The old Disney Family Movie model is alive and well and really enjoyable. The ending was fast paced, action packed and full of sentiment though oddly not that sentimental. In short, this is a real winner. I would watch it again. And probably laugh in all the same places. If you are looking for family entertainment, this is the right pick.


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