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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) (4 April 2003)

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$35,990,505 (USA) (13 June 2003)
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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 »

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When Peach and Pear meet the twin boys when they're talking to Clarissa, they wave and say "tood-a-loo," but their lips do not move. See more »

Quotes

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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References Cinderella (1950) See more »

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What a Wonderful World
Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss
Produced by Brian Rawling and Robin Smith
Performed by Oliver James
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Charming movie...Colin Firth makes it worth the admission price!
15 April 2003 | by (Midwest) – See all my reviews

As far as I'm concerned, this movie gives us the perfect 'time out' from the daily grind. It's sweet, charming, and has a fine cast. Outstanding, of course, is Colin Firth. The reviewers who claim that this movie is great for the "under-13 and over 80" crowd just don't get it. There are many of us who will love Mr. Darcy forever, and who are in dire need of more Colin Firth movies. He is, of course, absolutely gorgeous in the movie, and has a lot of screen time. I would pay to watch and listen to him read a telephone book, so I will see this movie again and definitely will be among the first in line to buy the DVD.

It was strange to see Anna Chancellor as his fiancee, a part which she played in much the same way that she portrayed Caroline Bingley. Her character wasn't good enough for Mr. Darcy, nor is this one suited for Lord Dashwood.

Although numerous people have criticized the sweetness of the movie, I, who am hopelessly romantic, loved its ending. I left the theater feeling better than when I entered. (I felt the same way when "Bridget Jones's Diary" ended. Actually, I couldn't wait to see it again, since the final kiss was probably the best kiss I've seen in a movie. I digress. Sorry.) Although I realize that this movie isn't going to win any Academy Awards, it is still a wonderful way to spend an hour and a half.


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