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Plot: 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. Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 26 Mar 2003
Okay, I love this movie. It's sweet, it's simple, it's cute, and fun. It's clever and well put together. The scenery is great what's not to love about London ? And Firth and Bynes were adorable. Colin Firth is great no matter what movie he's in, but Amanda Bynes I've been a fan of hers since she was on Nickelodeon was fun to watch and a perfect fit for the role of fun-loving Daphne. The rest of the cast was good as well, I loved the jokes that were thrown in and the silly/cute subplots going on Peach and Pear . I appreciated that this movie didn't take <more>
itself too seriously, yet was certainly not all fluff or nonsense, either. I loved how this movie primarily dealt with a father-daughter relationship so refreshing from other so-called teen movies that often only deal with a teenage romance and I also loved how the main character, Daphne, was not angry or angsty, she was refreshingly fun and optimistic. Overall this is a good, clean fun movie that can be appreciated by all ages and audiences.
A Cinderella and Old-Fashioned Love Story (by folsominc2)
I have to say from all the movies that I have watched in the last few weeks with Colin Firth since I recently became enamored of his talent in the A&E production of "Pride and Prejudice," this movie is perhaps the best one that I have seen.It has all the elements of a good movie and Firth at his best. I love the characters and relationships and how they interact with each other. Daphne Amanda Bynes is perfect as the teenage daughter searching for the other half of her being and life and finding her father. Her cute little smile and perky American approach no matter what is <more>
happening to her portrays her "can do" attitude and determination in being herself.And I just have to say that this is Colin Firth in his element! He is fantastic as the Henry Dashwood character hmmm . . . name seems Austen-ly familiar, don't it? who suddenly finds out he is a father after 17 years. He is tender and sweet and unsure. Probably one of the best scenes ever in the film is during the "midnight snack" of Coco Pops in the kitchen where he learns that his wife didn't leave him for another man and had always been his even after all the years between. The emotions and thoughts rush over his face as if he is speaking them out loud and the viewer can see his internal struggle to remain calm with the overwhelming feeling of the bitterness he had experienced for all those years.There are so many perfect and good scenes in this movie with very little bloopers that it really can touch a viewer's heart. The areas especially with Henry and his daughter are extremely special.The last part of the film is symbolic when Henry Dashwood has a heart-to-heart with his mother, withdraws his candidacy, hits the man who had affected his life so extremely, and then walks into the bright sunlight with a deep breath. The viewer realizes that it is more than just being outside in the sunlight but that he finally came out of the dark after so many long years. He has finally found who he is and what he wants to do.Firth basically took my breath away. With the subsequent scene of him winning back his daughter and then his wife, the viewer has realized that this is one of those pictures that are forthrightly, just a deliciously good picture. This is one that makes you believe in old-fashioned love and fairy tales which seems to be so non-existent in today's film making industry.Firth has tremendous talent in saying something extremely vital by NOT saying something. Each scene where he was having discussions with Libby Kelly Preston either on the phone or in person, the viewer could read both characters thoughts and feelings and the amazing chemistry that existed after all that time apart.It was also better for the plot to have this international relationship struggle. If it had been in America especially these days the press would have made a big deal out of the girl's "native" upbringing but it probably would not have affected the father's political life.Everyone excelled in this movie and kudos to the director and screen writer for bringing such a sweet story to light.One last word is that no review of this movie can be complete without discussing the amazingly hilarious scene of Firth squeezing into his "old" black leather pants and t-shirt and earring? and dancing in front of a mirror. Each time that particular part plays, everyone bursts out laughing! He was just perfect! And lastly, Darcy was a gooder but Dashwood beat 'im hands down! Maybe it was because Dashwood can laugh at himself, sees the funny side of things, and chose to come into his own self-discovery of who and what he was and wanted to be.I still love Darcy but in this case, I'll take Dashwood!
I love this movie! It's way cute and way like a normal teenage girl! and she's not a "bad girl" she's not sleeping around she's a good girl that wants to have fun and stand out without being a "bad girl"! more movies should be like this! i'm sick of "bad girls" selling their bodies!!!! A girl who cares about meeting her dad and meeting a lucky boy that truly cares about her and not about her body and sleeping with her! I love these kind of feel good movies! I know that lots of movies like this don't alway get the best reviews but all of my <more>
friends love this movie and own it! who cares what the critics say! please make more movies like this!!
"What a Girl Wants" is a re-tooling/re-telling of William Douglas Home's "The Reluctant Debutante" with the devastatingly charming Amanda Bynes in the title role; in fact 'charming' is the operative word here -everything about the movie is charming, and charmed.The casting: impeccably superb. Amanda never hits a false note throughout the proceedings, creating a character who is genuinely believable, lovable and worth cheering for there was a LOT of clapping in the theatre at various points in the film - I clapped AND whistled, myself ; Kelly Preston is radiant <more>
as Daphne's mother Libby, a musician who still deeply loves Henry, Daphne's father, but has gone on with her life, and Colin Firth as Daphne's father, Henry Dashwood is a revelation here, in that he literally becomes more and more attractive as the tale unfolds - as he becomes more and more who he really is underneath his repressed exterior the scene where he dons his black leather pants and prances in front of the mirror to the horror of his prim prude of a fiancee is priceless , and Oliver James as musician Ian, Daphne's love interest, makes a memorable splash here as well. Everyone else is perfect in their roles too even the dog rocks . The screenplay and direction: completely on the mark. Never gets heavy-handed, contrived, mean-spirited, cloying or tedious, believe it or not. The charm is sustained throughout in a dazzling balance of comedy, heartfelt emotion, conflict and growth, culminating in one of the most satisfying resolutions I've experienced in a movie in a long time.Occasionally, a movie can have predictable elements without that being a bad thing; sometimes predictable elements can be pleasurable -- you realize what's going to happen but you also realize you're in such capable hands that you actually anticipate the playing-out of the scenes you know will occur. Sometimes it's not WHAT is done in a movie but HOW it's achieved, and WHO is doing the achieving.
May be remembered as her best work - charming, almost impeccable film (by A_Different_Drummer)
This review written in late 2013 at a time when Ms. Bynes career seems to have derailed and we wish her the best. In her career to date, the two most accomplished works she has left for us are this film, WHAT A GIRL WANTS, and the work she did a few years later, SHES THE MAN. Will deal with the latter first. SHES THE MAN is one of a small sub-sub-sub class of Hollywood products that attempts to build a movie around the notion of a woman disguised as man. There are at least a dozen of these floating around the IMDb. The writing in SHES THE MAN is way above average, and the supporting cast is <more>
perfect. But it is Bynes who steals the show there, possibly doing the most impressive male-female switch in film history. And speaking of stealing the show, that is exactly what she does in WHAT A GIRL WANTS. The title never seemed a good match to the actual film, which builds slowly and successfully to a satisfying conclusion . Playing opposite a stellar cast Colin Firth? Wow! Bynes provided the perfect mix of energy, youth and charm to move this movie into a class of its own. She "owns" the role and once you have seen the film, it is hard to imagine anyone else doing it.
Thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy! Amanda Bynes was excellent as the teen daughter, with a wonderful impish smile and a very mature performance for a youngster. Colin Firth was good in a "Hugh Grant" style part, but played very well and very believably as the father. There were some genuinely tender moments between him and Amanda Bynes, as his daughter, and also with Kelly Preston as his estranged "wife." The soundtrack was foot-tapping with excellent songs by Kelly Preston and especially by Oliver James as Amanda's boyfriend, Ian singing his own compositions .A <more>
very under-rated movie with some laugh-out-loud moments. I'm very surprised it didn't rate higher with IMDb voters!
The folks banging this movie have to get real. It's about an average girl Bynes who gets to meet her dad, who's in the process of running for major political office in England. It's not about Yankee superiority over the Brits sheesh! , it's a simple fantasy about the effect a teenage girl has on her once-stuffy dad in stuffy society. If you're politically offended by this movie, imagine Amanda as a carefree Portugese girl visiting her long-lost dad, a member of U.S. Congress from Massachusetts, and chill out. That being said, Amanda Bynes is a cool and attractive <more>
leading lady/girl and plays very well with the other characters in this film. It's all been done millions of times before, and it's not Oscar material, but it was a pleasant diversion for me.
Good little romantic teen romp. fun to watch (by tedster_98)
A nice little teen romantic romp in England. While definitely a chick-flick, it is quite enjoyable to guys as well. A good little American teenager who never knew her real dad, goes to England only to find out he is a noble about to be married to a gold digger. The girl's real mom left her noble father before she was born as she felt her relationship with a noble would never work out. This little yank works her way into the nobleman's house and charms everyone. Good scenery and good laughs against the stuck-uppishness of upper-crust society life. It's pretty much a Cinderella <more>
story, but I found it quite amusing and pleasant to watch. 2 thumbs up from me.
This film is a great film and shows the great relationship between father and daughter. I never cried during the film but it is a very moving film that is a must see. Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth and just great actor/res's. The whole film is a must watch. I urge you to buy the DVD because the extra's are great. I didn't find it a great comedy, so don't think this a comedy by any means but still it is a very moving film that a father could watch with his daughter time and time again. So go out and grab the DVD now and wait for more great film from the young sensation Amanada <more>