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How to Build a Girl (2019)

R | | Comedy | 8 May 2020 (USA)
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A teenager living with her working-class family on a council estate in Wolverhampton, England, grows up to become a popular but conflicted music journalist.


Coky Giedroyc


Caitlin Moran (based on the novel by), Caitlin Moran (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beanie Feldstein ... Johanna Morrigan
Cleo Cleo ... Bianca Morrigan
Dónal Finn Dónal Finn ... Karl Boden
Paddy Considine ... Pat Morrigan
Laurie Kynaston ... Krissi Morrigan
Stellan Powell Stellan Powell ... Lupin Morrigan
Freya Perry Freya Perry ... Morrigan Twin
Harper Perry Harper Perry ... Morrigan Twin
Violet Amer Violet Amer ... Morrigan Twin
Sarah Solemani ... Angie Morrigan
Andi Oliver Andi Oliver ... Donna Summer
Michael Sheen ... Dr. Freud
Sue Perkins ... Emily Bronte
Mel Giedroyc ... Charlotte Bronte
Alexei Sayle ... Karl Marx
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The novel charts the journey of teenager Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein), who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde: fast-talking, lady sex-adventurer, moves to London, and gets a job as music critic in the hope of saving her poverty stricken family in Wolverhampton. Written by variety

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language throughout and some teen drinking

Did You Know?


Sue Perkins (Emily Bronte) and Mel Giedroyc (Charlotte Bronte) have been good friends for many years and have worked on several projects together, most famously, as presenters of The Great British Baking Show (2010) between 2010 and 2016. See more »


Johanna Morrigan: If you think I'm funny and I can write then... then it can't be harder to learn about than the periodic table and I got a 98% on that test. I only failed on Kr. Krypton is my Kryptonite.
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Didn't expect too much, It was nothing more than fine.
12 May 2020 | by noellemary96See all my reviews

All of the usual coming of age tropes are present but it takes place in an unusual set of circumstances. Honestly, the whole movie felt so tacky. The notable actors playing the characters on the wall fell a little flat, the costumes felt like what a teenager thinks people in the 80s would have dressed like, and considering the movie was about a music crtic they could have used music more liberally. Beanie's accent is sometimes dead on but she frequently slips out or misses the pronunciation, which pulled me out of the story quite often. I think this is a time when casting a bubbly American 20 something acctress to play a British teenager with a pretty specific regional accent just did not work. All in all, the movie wasn't bad, but there isn't anything distinct about it that will stick with me. It's too bad beause Beanie Feldstein is a lovely person and really shines in other movies, but this just was a bit of a "meh" production.

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$13,201, 10 May 2020

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