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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,434,964, 6 April 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,990,505, 15 June 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,622,111, 6 November 2003
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Trivia

The title of this film is a reference to a Christina Aguilera song of the same title, although the song was not included on the film's soundtrack. See more »

Goofs

When you see Peach and Pear in new updated outfits, it looks like one of them left a price tag on one of their dresses. See more »

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Henry Dashwood: Sorry, did you just say you've known about this your whole life?
Daphne Reynolds: Yeah?
Jocelyn Dashwood: Good. Well, now we've got that settled... How about some tea and a nice piece of fruitcake?
Henry Dashwood: But your mother didn't feel I deserved the same consideration?
Jocelyn Dashwood: [Quietly] No to the fruitcake, then.
Henry Dashwood: [shouts] How could she keep something like this from me?
Glynnis Payne: Excuse me, but what happened to the mistake theory we were operating on a moment ago?
Daphne Reynolds: [Daphne turns to leave]
Jocelyn Dashwood: No, wait a minute, Ducky!
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Long Time Coming
Written by Paul Barry, Mark Taylor, and Nick Carter
Produced by Mark Taylor and Brian Rowling
Performed by Oliver James
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What this girl likes
11 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Okay, I love this movie. It's sweet, it's simple, it's cute, and fun. It's clever and well put together. The scenery is great (what's not to love about London)? And Firth and Bynes were adorable. Colin Firth is great no matter what movie he's in, but Amanda Bynes (I've been a fan of hers since she was on Nickelodeon) was fun to watch and a perfect fit for the role of fun-loving Daphne. The rest of the cast was good as well, I loved the jokes that were thrown in and the silly/cute subplots going on (Peach and Pear). I appreciated that this movie didn't take itself too seriously, yet was certainly not all fluff or nonsense, either. I loved how this movie primarily dealt with a father-daughter relationship (so refreshing from other so-called teen movies that often only deal with a teenage romance) and I also loved how the main character, Daphne, was not angry or angsty, she was refreshingly fun and optimistic. Overall this is a good, clean fun movie that can be appreciated by all ages and audiences.


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