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.

Director:

Coky Giedroyc

Writers:

Caitlin Moran (based on the novel by), Caitlin Moran (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beanie Feldstein ... Johanna Morrigan
Cleo Cleo ... Bianca Morrigan
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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language throughout and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this played in drive-in cinemas in the USA, but went straight to a digital release in its native UK. See more »

Goofs

Johanna's first gig is reviewing Manic Street Preachers at "Edwards No.8" in Digbeth, Birmingham. Edwards No.8 did exist and was a music venue, but was located in Ladywood, not Digbeth. See more »

Quotes

Johanna Morrigan: I shall feast upon my misery. And jam.
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Connections

References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Bug Powder Dust
Written by Justin Warfield and Tim Simenon
Performed by Bomb the Bass
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Why can no one do a Midlands accent?
25 July 2020 | by gracesiobhanSee all my reviews

I love Beanie. But why, in many films and TV shows that are set in and around the Black Country area, do they not cast actors from the same area, or who can at least do the accent? Paddy's accent was OK. But that's it. I'm from Wolverhampton and I was disgusted and cringing throughout the whole film.

Only 5 stars because it was a poor film anyway.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Build a Girl See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,201, 10 May 2020

Gross USA:

$70,632

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,632
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