Never underestimate two girls with a plan.
—Poster Quote
How to Build a Better Boy
How to Build a Better Boy Poster

Executive producer

Robin Schorr

Directed by

Paul Hoen

Written by

Jason Mayland


China Anne McClain
Kelli Berglund
Marshall Williams


United States


Comedy, science fiction, teen



Release date

August 15, 2014

How to Build a Better Boy is an American teenage television film by Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Paul Hoen and written by Jason Mayland. It stars China Anne McClain, Kelli Berglund and Marshall Williams. The first images were shown during a promo for Disney Channel's Summer 2014, while the first promo aired on June 27, 2014 during the premiere of Zapped. It premiered on August 15, 2014.[1]


High school sophomores Mae Hartley and Gabby Harrison are super-smart, tech-savvy best friends who are outcasts at their school. When Mae is embarrassed at school by popular girl Nevaeh, Gabby offers to create a virtual boyfriend with just a few strokes of the keyboard and a wireless connection. What Mae and Gabby don’t realize, is that the computer they use is set up to generate a robotic super soldier, which they have inadvertently activated in the form of Albert, a macho yet sensitive super cute hunkalicious boy.



  1. Something Real- China Anne McClain & Kelli Berglund
  2. Stand Out- Sabrina Carpenter
  3. Love You Like a Love Song- Marshall Williams and Kelli Berglund
  4. Higher- Mo' Cheddah feat. Cristina Renae


Filming began in Toronto, Canada on August 1, 2013 and ended on August 24, 2013. It is directed by Paul Hoen, executive produced by Robin Schorr, executive co-produced by Dan Seligmann and written by Jason Mayland.[2]


Trailer - How To Build A Better Boy - Disney Channel Official

Trailer - How To Build A Better Boy - Disney Channel Official