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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.

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)


$35,990,505 (USA) (13 June 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Amanda Bynes said in the commentary that it took three weeks to put braces on her for the short scene of Daphne's 15th birthday, in which case the braces aren't even noticeable. See more »


In the Invitation inviting Daphne to Peach and Pear Orwood's Coming Out Ball, the invitation reads "Miss Peach and Pear Orwood invites..." whereas an actual British society invitation would read "the Misses Peach and Pear Orwood invite..." See more »


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 Cinderella (1950) See more »


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User Reviews

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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