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What a Girl Wants (Keepcase) (2003)

Amanda Bynes , Colin Firth , Dennie Gordon  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston, Eileen Atkins, Anna Chancellor
  • Directors: Dennie Gordon
  • Writers: Jenny Bicks, Elizabeth Chandler
  • Producers: Denise Di Novi, Bill Gerber, Hunt Lowry, E.k. Gaylord Ii, Alison Greenspan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (458 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GOAH1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Coming-of-Age Comedy. Daphne (Amanda Bynes), a spirited young American girl, travels to London in search of her long-lost father (Colin Firth), an influential aristocratic politician. As Daphne attempts to prove that love can conquer all, her impulsive behavior creates an uproar in high society, where her unique style threatens to undermine the relationship she has waited her whole life to experience.

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Yes this is a predictable, happily ever after film. It is nothing like the awful Princess Diaries (which this film has been compared). Because of this comnparison I didn't bother seeing "What a girl Wants" in the theater. I am pleased to say that this is one of those films which is just fun to watch. It wasn't meant to change the world but is entertainment that the entire family can see together. Amanda Byrnes and Colin Firth are wonderful together as father and daughter. Kelly Preston is beautiful in the part of Daphne's mother. In my opinion this film is more like a cross between: Cinderella (because of the future evil step-sister), Snow White (because Amanda finds her prince), and Parent Trap (because....can't say because that would be giving the end away).
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Among the current crop of female child actresses already or about to turn into hot properties for their impressive talent and major sex symbols for their knock-out looks is Amanda Bynes. Its an impressive class that includes the names Keira Knightley, Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff and Kristen Bell. But Bynes is one actress who has already reached television stardom through her shows "The Amanda Show" and "What I Like About You" and at the age of 16 she traveled to Europe to appear in a movie appropriately titled "American Girl."

Before it was released (in early 2003) its title had been changed to "What a Girl Wants" and I sat there in a movie theater knowing little about it. I knew it had been filmed in my home country and starred Colin Firth who had been so good in "Bridget Jones' Diary," I came away impressed by the comic timing and the looks of an actress that would obviously in years-to-come set movie screens on fire.

"What a Girl Wants" is at its heart a story about a girl searching to find herself. Bynes plays Daphne Reynolds and her mother Libby is played by Mrs. John Travolta (Kelly Preston). The two live in New York City and Daphne spends her time helping out at weddings where her mother is a singer and longing to know a father she has never met. It is observing the father-daughter dance at one of these weddings (where the filmakers used real fathers and daughters) that our hearts go out to Daphne and she determines a drastic plan of action - traveling to London and confronting her absent father.

The movie has it all - heart, laughter, suspense, romance. Its culture clash theme has been done before and better (Crocodile Dundee for example) but we have so much emotion invested in Daphne's plight that we cannot help but become engrossed in this movie.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Completely dumb. Completely Fun September 8, 2003
My friends saw the coming attractions for this movie a number of months ago. When they saw that it starred Colin Firth, they all shouted at the screen, "What Peggy Wants." I'm a confirmed firth-a-holic. But, I thought this movie might be another "Thousand Acres" and so waited til it came out on DVD to see it.
This is not great art or even great cinema. But, hell, it's a lot of fun! And many times that's what I crave from a movie.
The true acting comes from Mr. Firth who is perfectly cast as the English gentleman who would be PM -- and looks a bit like Tony Blair to boot.
His wild past with an American rock singer comes to an end that is full of deception. And 17 years later his daughter from that past comes to find her dad.
Amanda Bynes is cute. She doesn't really need to act. Still, the on screen chemistry between she and Firth brings out some potentially amazing talent in this adorable young lady.
There's a lot of good humor and the music ain't bad either.
The scene where Firth dons leather pants and dances in front of the mirror is imspired.
For trivia buffs -- Anna Chancelor plays Mr. Firth's fiancee who is in it for the political prestige. Some may recognize her as the unmarried Miss Bingley from the A&E/BBC Pride and Prejudice. She's a great character actress. She doesn't get him in this story, either.
And -- was it my imagination that her stuck up daughter (Clarissa) bears such a striking resemblance to Reese Witherspoon? Reese played Firth's ward in The Importance of Being Earnest.
Ok. Final thoughts. It's a fun movie. As with Bridget Jones's Diary -- it's also a feel good movie -- and those are the ones I tend to watch again and again. Granted: Bridget Jones is an example of great film as well as a fun movie. Still, with Colin Firth in What a Girl Wants -- so much the better.
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"What a Girl Wants" is supposedly a remake of 1958's "The Reluctant Debutante," although really the only thing in common is the idea of a young American girl (Sandra Dee) having to enter prim, proper, and priggish British society. Besides, most teenagers will be convinced "What a Girl Wants" is ripping off "The Princess Diaries." Anyhow for this 2003 film there are some additional complications. Once upon a time dashing Englishman Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth) hooked up with American hippie Libby Reynolds (Kelly Preston). While the legitimacy of their Moroccan marriage is in doubt there are two things we do know. First, that Henry's family found a way to send the American misfit packing. Second, after her return to the States Libby gave birth to a daughter, Daphne, who grows up to be Amanda Bynes.
Of course Henry does not know about Daphne. Of course Daphne manages to leave her apartment over the Chinese restaurant and get to England where she is able to surprise her father. Of course Henry is about to marry a snobbish Englishwoman (Anna Chancellor) who has an equally ambitious and even more conceited daughter (Christina Cole) and neither of them can stomach Daphne's surprise arrival. Actually, there is pretty much nothing in this film that is not a surprise, which is really something we should have known going into this one. If Daphne has been dreaming all of her live of a father-daughter dance at a formal occasion then you can take a wild guess at to which scene in "What a Girl Wants" is supposed to make you cry.
These stories are all pretty much totally predictable.
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