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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
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.

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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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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 Daphne is introduced at her first function, the introducer is wearing 4 miniature medals. Two WW2 stars and two WW2 medals. His medals are mounted incorrectly. His Defence Medal and his 39-45 Medal are the wrong way round. See more »


Libby Reynolds: I love you a million Swedish Fish.
Daphne Reynolds: I love you a million red M&M's.
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References Snoopy Come Home (1972) See more »


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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Wow, like lighten up
18 April 2004 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

The folks banging this movie have to get real. It's about an average girl (Bynes) who gets to meet her dad, who's in the process of running for major political office in England. It's not about Yankee superiority over the Brits (sheesh!), it's a simple fantasy about the effect a teenage girl has on her once-stuffy dad in stuffy society. If you're politically offended by this movie, imagine Amanda as a carefree Portugese girl visiting her long-lost dad, a member of U.S. Congress from Massachusetts, and chill out. That being said, Amanda Bynes is a cool and attractive leading lady/girl and plays very well with the other characters in this film. It's all been done millions of times before, and it's not Oscar material, but it was a pleasant diversion for me.

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