Leo Brady reviews “How to Build a Girl” on AMovieGuy.com

There are things in How to Build a Girl that will make you smile and there are also things that will drive you insane. It’s another coming of age picture, a sub-genre that typically reserves itself for the Sundance film festival, and rarely feels as organic as a movie such as Lady Bird did. Based off the best-selling book by Caitlin Moran, we set our focus on Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein), an intellectual, daydreaming 16-year old, that has big hopes of becoming a writer of her own. Problem is, she’s not the picture perfect girl, the popular one, and her family is quite poor. As these types of stories go, Johanna finds an opportunity to write for a music magazine, and cue the transformation from geek to rocking hipster. It’s all balled up into an often cute, irritating, and predictable movie. How to Build a Girl has all the right parts, it’s just missing the instructions on how to put it together.

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