What a Girl Wants (film)
|What a Girl Wants|
Original theatrical poster
|Directed by||Dennie Gordon|
|Produced by||Denise Di Novi
|Written by||Jenny Bicks
|Music by||Rupert Gregson-Williams|
|Editing by||Charles McClelland|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||105 minutes|
What a Girl Wants is a 2003 American film starring Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston and Oliver James. Directed by Dennie Gordon, the film is based on the 1955 play The Reluctant Debutante. It is the second adaptation for the screen of this work.
Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) lives a comfortable but unsatisfying life as a young American girl with a bright future. She has never met her father. She lives with her mother, Libby (Kelly Preston) above a Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown, New York. Believing it his best interest, her mother left Daphne's father seventeen years ago because of his family's disapproval of their relationship; ultimately, his father's secretary gets rid of her for good, without Libby having a chance to tell him [Henry] that she is pregnant.
Daphne flies to London to get to know her father, Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth), who has given up his seat in the House of Lords to run for election to the House of Commons to eventually become Prime Minister. On visiting a hotel, she meets Ian Wallace (Oliver James), a local boy whom she finds friendly. She notices her father on the television during a news broadcast, telling Ian that he is her father.
Lord Dashwood embraces the opportunity to reconnect with his daughter, but her appearance causes a controversy that endangers his political ambitions. Daphne tries to win the acceptance of her father's social circle but is blocked by his fiancée, Glynnis (Anna Chancellor) and step-daughter-to-be, Clarissa (Christina Cole).
She has to feign off the advances of Armistead Stewart (Ben Scholfield), a sleazy upper-class boy who Clarissa actually wants a relationship. In the end, she ends up throwing him into the Thames at the Henley Regatta when he tries to kiss her.
To please her father and his social circle, she abandons her old style and dons the upper-class sophisticated look, and behaves herself. She is noted in the British newspapers because of this.
Ultimately, Daphne rejects her new self because it is not who she is. She returns to America, and re-starts her work as a wedding server. Henry announces in a ceremony he is no longer going to pursue his political career. On the steps on his way out, he discovers that Glynnis' father Alastair Payne knew about Libby's pregnancy and punches him for concealing Daphne for seventeen years. He then breaks off his engagement to Glynnis.
Daphne is serving at a wedding, and the Father-Daughter dance begins. She thinks of Henry and what she left behind, and just then, Henry and Ian come running up. She finally gets the Father-Daughter dance she has been longing for her whole life.
In the Epilogue, Libby and Henry get married in a Bedouin ceremony. This time they make sure it is legal.
- Amanda Bynes as Daphne Reynolds
- Colin Firth as Lord Henry Dashwood
- Oliver James as Ian Wallace
- Eileen Atkins as Jocelyn Dashwood
- Anna Chancellor as Glynnis Payne
- Jonathan Pryce as Alistair Payne
- Christina Cole as Clarissa Payne
- Sylvia Syms as Princess Charlotte
- Tara Summers as Noelle
- Ben Scholfield as Armistead Stuart
- Cassie Powney as Peach Orwood
- Connie Powney as Pear Orwood
- Peter Hugo as Prince Charles
- Matthew Turpin as Prince William
- Elliot Gibson as Prince Harry
- Kelly Preston as Libby
Despite receiving mixed reviews, the film was a box office success. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $11,434,964 in 2,964 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #2 at the box office. By the end of its run, it grossed $36,105,433 domestically and $14,626,706 internationally, totaling $50,732,139 worldwide.
The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics, with a 35% positive review assessment on Rotten Tomatoes. The San Francisco Chronicle called it a "dreadful teen comedy." The Village Voice described the film as "a sanitized adventure for the Mary Kate-and-Ashley set."
- First line of closing credits: based on the play "The Reluctant Debutante" by WILLIAM DOUGLAS HOME (sic)
- "What a Girl Wants (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-03-16.
- "What a Girl Wants". Retrieved July 25, 2011.
- Guthman, Edward (April 4, 2003). "Film Clips". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
- Kamenetz, Anya (April 8, 2003). "Film". The Village Voice. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
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