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What a Girl Wants (2003)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  4 April 2003 (USA)
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An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the election.

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Storyline

Daphne, a seventeen-year-old girl from New York goes to England in search of her father, who does not know he had a child with an American girlfriend he met while working in Morocco, and whose aristocratic family did not approve of the woman. Written by Anonymous

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Trying to fit in. Born to stand out.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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4 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Girl  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$182,428 (Brazil) (19 September 2003)

Gross:

$401,212 (Brazil) (3 October 2003)
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Trivia

Amanda Bynes said in the commentary that it took three weeks to put braces on her for the short scene of Daphne's 15th birthday, in which case the braces aren't even noticeable. See more »

Goofs

In order to move in any direction a boat needs a means of propulsion, in the case of a rowing boat that will be oars. After falling into the water Daphne and Ian climb back on the boat and start making out lying down at the bottom. No oars, no person rowing. In the next shot, while they are still on the bottom, the boat is moving forward under the bridge, which is physically impossible. See more »

Quotes

Daphne Reynolds: Let's get the party started!
Ian: No.
Daphne Reynolds: Come on, why not?
Ian: Well, first of all I could get fired; and second of all, I could get fired!
Daphne Reynolds: Oh come on!
Ian: No. No, no!
Daphne Reynolds: Wimp.
Ian: No. No!
Daphne Reynolds: For me?
[bats eyelashes flirtatiously]
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References Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
Written by Rick Derringer
Performed by Rick Derringer
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Charming movie...Colin Firth makes it worth the admission price!
15 April 2003 | by (Midwest) – See all my reviews

As far as I'm concerned, this movie gives us the perfect 'time out' from the daily grind. It's sweet, charming, and has a fine cast. Outstanding, of course, is Colin Firth. The reviewers who claim that this movie is great for the "under-13 and over 80" crowd just don't get it. There are many of us who will love Mr. Darcy forever, and who are in dire need of more Colin Firth movies. He is, of course, absolutely gorgeous in the movie, and has a lot of screen time. I would pay to watch and listen to him read a telephone book, so I will see this movie again and definitely will be among the first in line to buy the DVD.

It was strange to see Anna Chancellor as his fiancee, a part which she played in much the same way that she portrayed Caroline Bingley. Her character wasn't good enough for Mr. Darcy, nor is this one suited for Lord Dashwood.

Although numerous people have criticized the sweetness of the movie, I, who am hopelessly romantic, loved its ending. I left the theater feeling better than when I entered. (I felt the same way when "Bridget Jones's Diary" ended. Actually, I couldn't wait to see it again, since the final kiss was probably the best kiss I've seen in a movie. I digress. Sorry.) Although I realize that this movie isn't going to win any Academy Awards, it is still a wonderful way to spend an hour and a half.


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