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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Dennie Gordon
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Kelly Preston ... Libby Reynolds
Soleil McGhee Soleil McGhee ... Young Daphne
Colin Firth ... Henry Dashwood
Eileen Atkins ... Jocelyn Dashwood
Jonathan Pryce ... Alistair Payne
Peter Reeves Peter Reeves ... Sir John Dashwood
James Greene ... Percy
Amanda Bynes ... Daphne Reynolds
Steven Osborne Steven Osborne ... Staff Member
Mike Toller Mike Toller ... Libby's Band Member
Tom Penn Tom Penn ... Libby's Band Member
Tom Goodfellow Tom Goodfellow ... Libby's Band Member
James Bell James Bell ... Libby's Band Member
Mindy Lee Raskin Mindy Lee Raskin ... Bride
Stanley Townsend ... Bride's Father
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Loosely based on The Reluctant Debutante (1958) starring Sandra Dee, this family-friendly comedy features popular Nickelodeon teen star Amanda Bynes in her first feature-starring performance after her debut in Big Fat Liar (2002). She plays teenager Daphne Reynolds, who lives in New York City with her musician mother, Libby Reynolds (Kelly Preston). After she turns seventeen, 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 Wallace (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 ...

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

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All invitations from Queen Elizabeth II are commands, forwarded by the appropriate member of the royal household. As such when the film says 'Her Majesty the Queen invites you to the Annual Garden Party' in reality the invitation would read 'The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by Her Majesty to invite Lord Dashwood and the Honourable Daphne Dashwood to a Garden Party' See more »

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Henry Dashwood: Alistair, you've lied to me, I know you lied to Libby, so you'll forgive me if I don't give a flying fart in space what you think!
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You Get Me
Written by John Shanks, Shelly Peiken, Michelle Branch, and Abra Moore
Performed by Michelle Branch
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
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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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,434,964, 6 April 2003

Gross USA:

$36,105,433

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,732,139
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