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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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Dennie Gordon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Storyline

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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Anna Chancellor and Christina Cole, who played mother and daughter in this movie, played Caroline Bingley. Anna in Pride and Prejudice (1995) with Colin Firth (who is also in this movie) and Christina in Lost in Austen (2008). See more »

Goofs

When Ian collects Daphne from Uni on his motorcycle at the end neither are wearing helmets, this is an offence in Britain. See more »

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Henry Dashwood: I hope you find you sleeping arrangements conducive to...
Daphne Reynolds: Henry, all it takes is sweet dreams.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Because You Loved Me
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Kelly Preston and Katherine Ellis
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All in the family
1 April 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Dennie Gordon has directed this comedy with sure hand. The play by William Douglas-Home was a hit in the London stage and it was filmed before as The Reluctant Debutante with Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall, Sandra Dee, John Saxon and Angela Lansbury in the cast. This new take on the same story is fun basically because of the cast that was assembled to play the main characters.

Amanda Bynes has the right amount of charm to make her Daphne an endearing teen who is in search for a father she never knew. Colin Firth is a very good as the father. Kelly Preston has very little to do and it's a shame. Eileen Atkins, as the would be grandmother doesn't fare better, as it's the case with Jonathan Pryce.

I recently caught up with it on DVD format and all that can be said is that it was mildly amusing as a typical comedy of this genre.


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Country:

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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2.39 : 1
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