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What a Girl Wants (2003)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Bynes ... Daphne Reynolds
Colin Firth ... Henry Dashwood
Kelly Preston ... Libby Reynolds
Eileen Atkins ... Jocelyn Dashwood
Anna Chancellor ... Glynnis Payne
Jonathan Pryce ... Alistair Payne
Oliver James ... Ian Wallace
Christina Cole ... Clarissa Payne
Sylvia Syms ... Princess Charlotte
Soleil McGhee Soleil McGhee ... Young Daphne
Peter Reeves Peter Reeves ... Sir John Dashwood
James Greene ... Percy
Steven Osborne Steven Osborne ... Staff Member
Mike Toller Mike Toller ... Libby's Band Member
Tom Penn Tom Penn ... Libby's Band Member
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Storyline

Loosely based on the 1958 comedy The Reluctant Debutante starring Sandra Dee, the family-friendly comedy What a Girl Wants features popular Nickelodeon teen star Amanda Bynes in her first feature-starring performance after her debut in Big Fat Liar. She plays teenager Daphne Reynolds, who lives in New York City with her musician mother, Libby (Kelly Preston). After she turns 17, Daphne is undecided about her future, so she takes off by herself to London in search of her father. She immediately meets cute musician Ian (Oliver James) before sneaking in to her father's estate to surprise him. He turns out to be Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth), a fabulously wealthy aristocrat who doesn't even know that she exists. He had met her mother in Morocco and the two were married in a tribal ceremony. Upon their return to England, she left him and went back to the U.S. without ever revealing that she was pregnant. The uptight Henry is already flustered by his campaign for election, advised by ...

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Goofs

Both Henry and Daphne are referred to incorrectly. As the hereditary Earl of Wycombe Henry Dashwood would not be referred to as 'Lord Dashwood' as he is in the film, but 'Lord Wycombe' whilst Daphne, as the daughter of an Earl would not be referred to as 'Miss Daphne Dashwood' But Lady Daphne Dashwood. In fact it states early in the film that Henry has given up his seat in the House of Lords, but as hereditary seats are attached to peerages, not individuals, the only way for him to do this would be to give up the peerage altogether, and as such become 'Mr Henry Dashwood'. See more »

Quotes

Daphne Reynolds: [after everything has happened] The truth is sometimes things aren't exactly what you always imagined... they're even better!
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Referenced in The Office: Beach Games (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Invited You
Written by Allison Robertson, Maya Ford, Brett Anderson, and Torry Castellano (as Torrance Castellano)
Performed by The Donnas
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Charming movie...Colin Firth makes it worth the admission price!
15 April 2003 | by CindyWalSee 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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