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What a Girl Wants [WS] [DVD] [2003]

  • SKU: 17992683
  • Release Date: 09/08/2009
  • Rating: PG

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

    Special Features

    • 2 feature-length audio commentaries, one by Amanda Bynes, the other by director Dennie Gordon and writers Jenny Bicks and Elizabeth Chandler
    • Fashion and Etiquette 101 takes a lighthearted look at what it takes to be belle of the ball
    • What's a girl to wear?
    • Mix and match interactive challenge
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned


    What a Girl Wants
    Loosely based on the 1958 comedy The Reluctant Debutante starring Sandra Dee, the family-friendly comedy What a Girl Wants features popular Nickelodeon teen star Amanda Bynes in her first feature-starring performance after her debut in Big Fat Liar. She plays teenager Daphne Reynolds, who lives in New York City with her musician mother, Libby (Kelly Preston). After she turns 17, 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 (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 by doting aide Alistair Payne (Jonathan Pryce). His no-nonsense fiancée, Glynnis (Anna Chancellor), and her bratty daughter, Clarissa (Christina Cole), are threatened by Daphne's presence, thinking that she will hurt Henry's political aspirations by causing a scandal. However, the family matriarch (Eileen Atkins) takes a liking to her and she soon finds herself trying to liven things up at several stuffy aristocratic parties. Meanwhile, the evil Glynnis and Clarissa conspire against her by trying to sabotage her appearance, leading up to the conclusion at Daphne's very own coming-out party. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Amanda Bynes
      Amanda Bynes - Daphne
    • Colin Firth
      Colin Firth - Lord Henry Dashwood
    • Kelly Preston
      Kelly Preston - Libby Reynolds
    • Eileen Atkins
      Eileen Atkins - Jocelyn Dashwood
    • Jonathan Pryce
      Jonathan Pryce - Alistair Payne

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Solid Family Movie


      A good family movie that keeps the audience moving around fairly well, so no real boring time frames. Characters are somewhat predictable and expected, however the nucleus group {mom, daughter, new dad} are worth rooting for. Some of the locations are great, like the main estate. The overriding best part of this movie is Amanda Bynes and her ability to carry this movie on her shoulders. Family values are laced well throughout, as well as a good over evil theme, but then again I like that stuff. Saw it broadcast on a TV channel, think I'll buy it to watch again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A must see movie!


      This movie is great for all ages especially for early teens. If you like Amanda Bynes you'll love her in this film. There's comedy,drama,and romance. Amanda Bynes plays a teenager trying to find out who she really is. She goes to London to find her father,Henry Dashwood, who is in the middle of elections. Daphne(Amanda Bynes) arrives at her father's house unexpectingly, when her father finds out Daphne is his daughter. At the end Daphne finds out who she really is and her Parents get back together. They all live happily ever after. A must see film!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      This movie never really gets old. Its got a different story than the predicable one that you think its going to already be. Amanda Bynes is great in this movie along with Oliver James. The songs and the storyline never seem to get old! Defiantly buy this movie

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      wonderful movie


      I have always liked amanda bynes, and this movie is sweet and cute. It always makes me cry a bit and with great actors and cute plot. It's a movie that I think a lot of people would like.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      good movie

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      Fun movie. Well acted. Very entertaining. Oliver James singing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Movie


      This was a good movie. I enjoyed watching it but I'm not in a rush to see it again soon.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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