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What a girl wants (An American girl)

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Movie propaganda

Trying to fit in. Born to stand out.

Daphne Reynolds (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 behaviour creates an uproar in high society, where her unique style threatens to undermine the relationship she has waited her whole life to experience.

Persons of interest

  • Amanda Bynes .... Daphne Reynolds
  • Colin Firth .... Henry Dashwood
  • Jonathan Pryce .... Alastair Payne
  • Anna Chancellor .... Glynnis
  • Kelly Preston .... Libby Reynolds
  • Oliver James .... Ian Wallace
  • William Douglas Home .... Playwright: The reluctant debutante; Screenwriter (1958)
  • Jenny Bicks .... Screenwriter
  • Elizabeth Chandler .... Screenwriter
  • Jordan Brady .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Serendipity meets The princess diaries.

There's very little that's original about What a girl wants and even less that's funny. Amanda Bynes is a bland American pudding while Colin Firth is so understated he might as well not be stating anything at all. Oliver James is stupendously cute but turns up in the most improbable of places (ie everywhere).

What a girl wants is a pastiche of clichés. What the girl wants is a decent script and a dose of realism.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Special features:
    • Biographies: Cast and crew
    • Commentaries:
      • Amanda Bynes
      • Dennie Gordon (Director), Jenny Bicks (Screenwriter), Elizabeth Chandler (Screenwriter)
    • Deleted scenes
    • Featurettes: Fashion Ettiquette 101 - a light-hearted look at what it takes to be the belle of the ball
    • Trailers: Theatrical

Security censorship classification

G

Surveillance time

105 minutes (1:45 minutes)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 3 April 2003
DVD rental: 8 October 2003
DVD retail: 8 October 2003
VHS retail: 8 October 2003

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