How to Build a Girl (15)

How to Build a Girl (15)

Directors: Coky Giedroyć

Runtime:1h 44min

Cast: Beanie Feldstein, Paddy Considine, Emma Thompson, Alfie Allen, Frank Dillane, Laurie Kynaston, Arinzé Kene, Tadgh Murphy, Ziggy Heath, Bobby Schofield, Chris O’Dowd, Joanna Scanlan, Sarah Solemani

Synopsis: Wolverhampton 1993. Johanna Morrigan, 16, yearns to better her working-class destiny. So, she reinvents herself as the fast-talking impossible-to-please rock critic, Dolly Wilde. Johanna’s comedic rise to the top of the 90s music scene is based on the bestselling book by Times columnist, Caitlin Moran.


How to Build a Girl, penned by Caitlin Moran with her trademark humour, and directed by Coky Giedroyc [Stella Does Tricks (1996), Harlots (TV 2017-2018)] is the big screen version of Moran’s much-loved, semi-autobiographical bestseller. It is a hilarious, inspirational coming-of-age comedy – a wise and witty delight with a terrific cast.

Beanie Feldstein [Booksmart (2019)] shines as Johanna Morrigan, a sixteen-year-old extrovert from the outskirts of Wolverhampton. Her bedroom is adorned with posters of her heroes such as Jo March (Sharon Horgan), Cleopatra (Jameela Jamil), and Sylvia Plath (Lucy Punch), who all come to life and provide the closest thing to friendship that she has. Yearning to make a name for herself, she answers an ad seeking ‘hip young gunslinger’ journalists for a cool London music magazine; she reinvents herself as Queen of Mean rock critic Dolly Wilde and heads to the big city. But as her critical savagery brings her greater and greater success, the lines between Johanna Morrigan and Dolly Wilde become hazy. She has certainly figured out how to build a girl, but is this the girl that she wanted to be?

With cracking one liners and genuinely funny moments, How to Build a Girl – led by Beanie Feldstein’s charming performance – is a crowd pleaser which puts a disarmingly earnest spin on the familiar coming-of-age comedy formula.


Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

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“How to Build a Girl” publicity still

“How to Build a Girl” publicity still