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How to Build a Girl (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Led by Beanie Feldstein's charming performance, How to Build a Girl puts a disarmingly earnest spin on the familiar coming-of-age comedy formula.

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Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein) is a bright, quirky, 16-year-old who uses her colorful imagination to regularly escape her humdrum life in Wolverhampton and live out her creative fantasies. Desperate to break free from the overcrowded flat she shares with her four brothers and eccentric parents, she submits an earnestly penned and off-beat music review to a group of self-important indie rock critics at a weekly magazine. Despite being brushed off initially, Johanna clambers to the top of the 90s rock music scene by reinventing herself as Dolly Wilde -- a venerable, impossible-to-please music critic with an insatiable lust for fame, fortune, and men. It isn't long before the rapid pace at which Johanna's life is changing becomes overwhelming and she runs face-first into a devastatingly real, existential crisis: Is this the type of girl she wants to become? Or does she need to start over and build again from the ground up? Based on the best-selling novel by Caitlin Moran, How to Build a Girl is a sassy, sexy, and a profoundly touching coming-of-age comedy that traces the rocky road to womanhood through the lens of a unique and wildly hilarious protagonist.

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Beanie Feldstein
as Johanna Morrigan
Alfie Allen
as John Kite
Sharon Horgan
as Sylvia Plath
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Feldstein's charms are brilliantly weaponised here.

December 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5

The strong, distinctive, individual voice you keep hoping to hear never breaks through.

November 22, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's not subtle, but How to Build a Girl shouldn't be a quiet movie; it's as loud and full of life as its central character ...

November 16, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

That sense of goodwill around television veteran Coky Giedroyc's comedy is certain to apply to even the most hard-hearted viewer.

November 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Johanna may be wise, but the film never puts her on a pedestal.

July 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[An] entertainingly ramshackle coming-of-age story, adapted by screenwriter Caitlin Moran from her autobiographically inspired bestseller.

July 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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