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What a Girl Wants (2003)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 4 April 2003 (USA)
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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American Girl  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,434,964 (USA) (6 April 2003)

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$35,990,505 (USA) (15 June 2003)
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The film is based on the 1955 play The Reluctant Debutante by William Douglas-Home. See more »

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Henry and Daphne repeatedly switch positions between shots as they dance. See more »

Quotes

Glynnis Payne: [Takes a bite of her eggs] These eggs are positively glacial. When I run this house, senile servants will be the first thing to go.
Clarissa: You'd have to get around the old bat somehow. She'd never allow it.
Jocelyn Dashwood: [Enters the room] Anyone seen my pruning shears? The *old bat* seems to have forgotten where she put them.
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References Snoopy Come Home (1972) See more »

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The Way You Look Tonight
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern
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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