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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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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)  »

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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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Anna Chancellor and Christina Cole who play mother and daughter in this movie both played Caroline Bingley. Anna in Pride and Prejudice (1995) with Colin Firth (who is also in this movie) and Christina in Lost in Austen (2008). See more »

Goofs

Lord Orwood claims that the chandelier was given by Napoléon Bonaparte to Josephine after the Battle of Borodino. The Battle of Borodino took place in 1812. Napoleon had divorced Josephine in 1809. He would have given the chandelier to his wife Marie Louise, whom he married in 1810. See more »

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Daphne Reynolds: [to Ian] I better go. Everyone's just waiting for me to mess up again.
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References Mistral's Daughter (1984) See more »

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Get up offa That Thing / Release the Pressure
Written by Deanna Brown, Yamma Brown, and Deirdre Brown
Produced by Brian Rawling and Robin Smith
Performed by Oliver James
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Cute movie with a good message
16 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This was a cute, clean movie that you can sit down and watch with your kids. Daphne has never met her father, so she takes off for England to find him. She discovers he is in the middle of an election for some public office. Daphne has to choose between becoming what he wants her to be and staying true to herself. And dad has to make a choice about what is really important.

In response to the reviewer who slammed the movie as being anti British, and saying it was trying to say the American way is better, that is utter nonesense. This was not a typical British family--they were royalty and associated with people like them. Do you suppose the real Queen would find someone like Daphne amusing? Daphne's boyfriend was a decent young man who was also a bit off the wall and his own person--but he was an ordinary English kid, not a member of any royal family. There are circles here in America where Daphne's free spirit attitude would be frowned upon, too. Every country has "classes" that are snobbish and uptight and every country has "Daphnes"--good kids who just want to be themselves.


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