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How to Build a Girl (2020)



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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Johana 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, Johana clamors 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 Johana'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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Giedroyc has a real sense for the oversized emotions of adolescence - to the point that she often channels it literally into a sort of kooky magical realism.

May 20, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The movie doesn't sympathize with anyone, really. Nick Lowe famously sang that you have to be cruel to be kind. "How to Build" is mostly just cruel.

May 19, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

There's some valuable wisdom in there... But these grounded morals are smuggled into a storyline that's so completely divorced from reality that the end result is more confusing than inspiring.

May 14, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Beanie Feldstein's charming performance forms the solid base of "How to Build a Girl," a coming-of-age comedy that follows familiar beats but has a winning disposition.

May 12, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's charming and sweet, and even in its more serious moments, the movie never loses its sense of humor.

May 8, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

You don't have to buy the details of this particular story to understand that it's a good thing to have it in the library.

May 7, 2020 | Full Review…
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