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What a Girl Wants (2003)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Soleil McGhee ...
Young Daphne
Peter Reeves ...
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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Henry calls Libby to tell her Daphne has been out all day with a boy in a band (Ian), Libby says, Lemme guess, he's a drummer? In reality, Oliver James, who plays Ian, is a drummer. See more »


When Henry, Glynnis, Clarissa, Alastair, Daphne, and Jocelyn are discussing where Daphne should stay, to avoid the scandal, Jocelyn turns slowly to the right to face Daphne. In the next shot, when she says "Oh, the girl must stay here", she is completely facing Daphne, with no true indication she had completely turned in the split second. See more »


Glynnis Payne: Darling, darling, all I'm saying is before we let this hypothetical daughter blow your political career out of the water, we might at least consider doing some checking up on her.
Henry Dashwood: Now, checking up for what?
Glynnis Payne: I don't know... criminal record, blood type, triple sixes on her skull.
Henry Dashwood: Glynnis, she has a birth certificate, she has my photograph and she has my eyes.
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Satisfies the target audience.
11 June 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie with my mid-teen sister who's exactly the target audience of this film. Now there are many films that are not for everybody, they do not excel in acting, directing, screenplay or effects to be called a 'good movie'. They are meant for certain part of the audience who, if it sticks to the specific formula, just love them. Now I wasn't meant to love "What a girl wants", but I guess, thinking from my point of view, it's a good diversion from me.

The script is above the level I was expecting and young Amanda Bynes acted quite well. Colin Firth seemed a little wooden. There are bits of little innocent humors in places that makes it a relief to watch. The shooting locations and the sets are fine. The soundtrack too is catchy. So even the storyline is very very shallow, one should not complain or analyze too much about such films.

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