How to Build a Girl Movie

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Who's Involved:

Chris O'Dowd, Paddy Considine, Emma Thompson, Alison Owen, Chris O’Dowd, Lucy Punch, Debra Hayward, Beanie Feldstein, Coky Giedroyc, Alfie Allen, Jameela Jamil

Release Date:

Friday, May 8, 2020 (VOD / Digital)

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

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?

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Who stars in How to Build a Girl: Cast List

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical, Beauty and the Beast  

Booksmart, Lady Bird  

The Predator  

House of the Dragon (Series), Wolf  

Calvary, Pirate Radio  

My Father’s Dragon, Slumberland  

Into the Woods, Silent Night  

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Series)  

Who's making How to Build a Girl: Crew List

A look at the How to Build a Girl behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Coky Giedroyc last directed Mary Shelley's Monster.


Coky Giedroyc


Debra Hayward
Alison Owen


IFC Films

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Key Facts

  1. Based on Caitlin Moran's novel.

Filming Timeline

  1. April 2020: The film was in Completed status.
  2. October 2018: The film was in Pre-Production status.
  3. November 2014: The film was in Development status.

How to Build a Girl Release Date: When was the film released?

How to Build a Girl was released in 2020 on Friday, May 8, 2020 (VOD / Digital release). There were 10 other movies released on the same date, including Walkaway Joe, The Legion and Valley Girl.

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