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What a Girl Wants (2003)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Soleil McGhee ...
Young Daphne
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Steven Osborne ...
Mike Toller ...
Libby's Band Member
Tom Penn ...
Libby's Band Member


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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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Girl  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,434,964 (USA) (4 April 2003)


$35,990,505 (USA) (13 June 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Reynold's house in England was also used for the films Gosford Park (2001) and The Importance Of Being Earnest (2003). See more »


Daphne's bra strap shows when she is speaking to Ian Wallace after their "great day", but in the next shot it has disappeared, though she never moved her arms. See more »


Peach Orwood: [nervous; with her sister, Pear] I'm Peach, she's Pear. You see, our mother was slightly obsessed with fruits. We have a sister named Parsnip... she doesn't get out much.
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Good Life
Written by Leslie Mills and Chris Pelcer
Performed by Leslie Mills
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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It's ALL about Colin :)
4 April 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have read several reviews of this film, and I have to say that men just aren't going to "get" this one. Our local paper's reviewer said he just didn't get the "stars in the eyes" of the women leaving the theater. His review didn't even MENTION Colin Firth. Well, I will! Colin is what is going to attract women to this film, and he does not disappoint. He is the best thing about the movie. Amanda Bynes is cute, and I enjoyed her too. The rest of the cast is quite good too...Anna Chancellor (Caroline Bingley, for those Pride and Prejudice fans...), and Eileen Atkins, particularly. I found the storyline about the daughter longing for her father and the father who just discovered her quite sweet and moving. Yes, the script was a bit sloppy and the humor often falls flat, but overall, Colin Firth's performance made it worth seeing for me. This is definitely a chick flick, though :)

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