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How to Build a Girl

Country: UK, Language: English, 102 mins

  • Director: Coky Giedroyc
  • Writer: John Niven; Caitlin Moran
  • Producer: Alison Owen; Debra Hayward; Michael S. Constable

CGiii Comment

What a devilish wee film this turned out to be.

In truth, the title alone was a bit of a put-off. The opening credits didn’t help, neither did the first dreamy scene…then, little by little…a wee warm glow starts to spread through your body.

Self re-invention is rarely endearing...but, Beanie Feldstein endears, thanks to a crisp script. Yes...insecure teen girls will get more out of this film than a cynical middle-aged man, nothing wrong with that! does deserve a much bigger/wider audience. Teen boys, questioning, understanding and accepting their sexualities will certainly find something they can relate to. Parents too...will laugh and shake their heads, recoiling in disbelief as to what their own terrible teens got up to...and, realising that some phases are exactly that...and, some are what their terrible teen actually is!

How to Build a Girl is a tongue-in-cheek, aspirational and inspirational wee film...and, it's a hoot to boot...stuffed full of ditzy charm.


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The(ir) Blurb...

The journey of Midlands teenager Johanna Morrigan, 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. Based on Caitlin Moran's bestselling semi-autobiographical novel.

Cast & Characters

Jameela Jamil;
Emma Thompson;
Alfie Allen as John Kite;
Chris O'Dowd;
Frank Dillane;
Paddy Considine;
Edward Bluemel as Manager;
Beanie Feldstein as Johanna Morrigan;
Joanna Scanlan; Sarah Solemani;
Tadhg Murphy as Andy Rock;
Viktorija Faith as Singer;
Arinze Kene;
Sonia Goswami as Paediatrician Alex Slade;
Bobby Schofield as Pricey;
Ruth Horrocks as Plane Passenger;
Jag Patel as Grand Parent;
Laurie Kynaston as Krissi Morrigan;
Ziggy Heath as Derby;
Hammed Animashaun as Ed Edwards