The novel charts the journey of teenager Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein), who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde: fast-talking, lady sex-adventurer, moves to London, and gets a job as music critic in the hope of saving her poverty stricken family in Wolverhampton.
User Reviews: I’ll be honest, I already wasn’t a fan of Caitln Moran’s origin before I tried reading the book on which this film is based, and I got about two chapters into it before realising it wasn’t going to change my mind. So when this turned out to be the ‘surprise film’ I’d pre-booked a ticket for at a recent festival, I wasn’t expecting much. And that’s what I got.
It’s the semi-biographical, played-for-laughs tale of a bookish teenage girl from a none-too-well-off family. Her father is a failed musician, her mother suffers from post-natal depression, and she shares a bedroom with her teenage brother. With encouragement from the talking posters on her wall, she finds her writing mojo, with the proverbial hilarious consequences. But we know the real Cailtin Moran is still a writer, so you can probably guess the ending.
I thought perhaps having never been a teenage girl myself was the main reason for failing to connect with anything the protagonist experienced, but my wife seemed to like it even less than I did. So I have to conclude it just wasn’t very good.