How to Build a Girl is a 2019 coming-of-age comedy film directed by Coky Giedroyc, from a screenplay by Caitlin Moran and John Niven, based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Moran. The film tells the story of Johanna Morrigan, teenager living with her working-class family on a council estate in Wolverhampton, England, who grows up to become a popular but conflicted music journalist.
Beanie Feldstein seems born to play awkward teenagers in coming-of-age comedies. Good! She’s excellent in the role bringing real joie de vivre to the screen.
The Wolverhampton accent is not the loveliest in the world, and certainly not the easiest to conquer, her attempt is… look… we accepted Pierce Brosnan’s “singing” in Mamma Mia – we’ll politely accept this as well.
It’s not going to test your mettle. It hits all the expected tropes of the genre and has a jolly good time doing so.