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WHAT A GIRL WANTS
USA & UK: Warner Bros
Cast: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston, Anna Chancellor, Tom Harper, Jonathan Pryce, Oliver James, Christina Cole, Eileen Atkins, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Raffaello Degruttola, David Dionisio, Chris Mulkey, Raymond Young
Director: Dennie Gordon
USA: 100 mins
UK: 105 mins
USA Rated: PG for mild language
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language and sex references
USA Release Date: 4 April 2003
UK Release Date: 8 August 2003
Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Byrnes) has what every girls wants - or so it seems. This spirited young American girl has a unique style all of her own, an unconventional but loving relationship with her mother Libby (Kelly Preston) and a future full of possibilities - but despite her remarkable promise, Daphne feels incomplete. She dreams of one day meeting the father she's never known, the man Libby shared a whirlwind romance with seventeen years ago, but ultimately left behind because his aristocratic family found her unsuitable.
Determined to live out her fantasy, Daphne impulsively hops on a flight to London, where she quickly discovers that her father is high profile politician Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth).
When Harry opens his life and his social calendar to the daughter he never knew existed, Daphne's appearance in high society creates an uproar that threatens to undermine his political career. So not wanting to jeopardise his campaign for an upcoming election Daphne refashions herself to fit in. But even with Henry's support, she's getting no help from his conniving fiancee, Glynnis (Anna Chancellor), or her jealous daughter (Christina Cole).
With the aid of Ian (Oliver James), Daphne attempts to prove that love and proper etiquette can conquer all. But Daphne soon realises that she doesn't like the person she's becoming. As much as she wants to become her father's daughter, it's not worth it if she can't be herself...