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"HOW TO BUILD A GIRL"
(2020) (Beanie Feldstein, Paddy Considine) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Mild
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking Heavy
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Minor


QUICK TAKE:
Dramedy: A British teen reinvents herself as a 1990s era music critic but must deal with the repercussions of her sudden success.
PLOT:

It's the 1990s and Johanna Morrigan (BEANIE FELDSTEIN) is a 16-year-old who lives in Wolverhampton, England with her parents -- Pat (PADDY CONSIDINE), a failed musician turned illegal dog breeder, and Angie (SARAH SOLEMANI), a woman worn out from having too many kids -- her still closeted brother, Krissi (LAURIE KYNASTON), and their three younger siblings.

Johanna wants to be a writer and has imaginary conservations with photos and images of famous people and characters from the past on her bedroom wall who've inspired her. Despite their support, her appearance on a TV show reading one of her poems goes disastrously wrong.

As does a short-lived interview for a weekly music publication. Inspired by another of her imaginary conservations, though, she storms back into the staff office and talks her way into covering new local bands. Reinventing herself as the avant-garde Dolly Wilde, Johanna becomes good enough in that role that she talks her way into an assignment interviewing singer-songwriter John Kite (ALFIE ALLEN) who senses a kindred spirit in the teen.

But when her fluff piece about him is rejected, she once again reinvents herself and dives fully into the persona of a belligerently harsh critic that makes her the talk of the town. But that fame and infamy mean she must deal with the repercussions of her sudden success.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Teen and older preteen girls might be interested due to the teenage protagonist (played by Beanie Feldstein of "Booksmart" fame).
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For sexual content, language throughout and some teen drinking.


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