What a Girl Wants (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

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What a Girl Wants (2003)



Critic Consensus: Little girls will definitely enjoy it, but it's too syrupy and predictable for adults.

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Daphne Reynolds has what every girl wants--or so it seems. This spirited young American girl has a unique style all her own, an unconventional but loving relationship with her bohemian mother Libby 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 of forging a storybook relationship with her long-absent dad, Daphne impulsively hops a flight to London, where she quickly discovers that her father is high profile politician Lord Henry Dashwood. When Henry 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. Not wanting to jeopardize his campaign for an upcoming election, Daphne stifles her naturally vibrant personality, refashions herself as a proper debutante and plunges into a whirlwind of stuffy British social events. But even with Henry's support, she's not getting any help from his conniving fiancée or her jealous daughter, who are bent on ruining Daphne at every turn. With the aid of Ian, a charming and society-savvy local musician, Daphne attempts to prove that love--and proper etiquette--can conquer all. But Daphne soon realizes she doesn't like the person she's becoming in the process. As much as she wants to be her father's daughter, it's not worth it if she can't be herself.

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Amanda Bynes
as Daphne Reynolds
Colin Firth
as Henry Dashwood
Kelly Preston
as Libby Reynolds
Eileen Atkins
as Jocelyn Dashwood
Anna Chancellor
as Glynnis Payne
Jonathan Pryce
as Alistair Payne
Tom Harper
as Edward
Steven Anderson
as Television Reporter
Newton Boothe
as Taxi Driver
Chris Castle
as Prince Harry
Soleil McGhee
as Young Daphne
Peter Reeves
as Sur John Dashwood
Steven Osborne
as Staff Member
Mike Toller
as Libby's Band Member
Tom Penn
as Libby's Band Member
Tom Goodfellow
as Libby's Band Member
James Bell
as Libby's Band Member
Stanley Townsend
as Bride's Father
Oliver James
as Ian Wallace
Nita Mistry
as Girl in Hostel
Christina Cole
as Clarissa Payne
James Woolley
as Political Advisor One
James Linton
as Political Advisor Two
Jonah Russell
as Policeman
Peter Hugo
as Prince Charles
Matthew Turpin
as Prince William
Ben Scholfield
as Armistead Stuart
Bruno Tonioli
as Fashion Emcee
Sylvia Syms
as Princess Charlotte
Antony Carrick
as Prince Michael
Cassie Powney
as Peach Orwood
Connie Powney
as Pear Orwood
Luke Fredericks
as Ian's Band Members
Tim Fornara
as Ian's Band Members
David Gyasi
as Ian's Band Members
David Temple
as Ian's Band Members
David Whitmey
as Ian's Band Members
Andrew Clarke
as Male Twin 1
Peter Clarke
as Male Twin 2
Daniel Tuite
as Newspaper Reporter No. 1
Sarah Mark
as Newspaper Reporter No. 2
Victoria Wicks
as Henry's Secretary
Vernon Preston
as Duke of Edinburgh
Matt Acheson
as Country Club Wedding Singer
Ash Croney
as Dancer
Tony Kemp
as Dancer
Allan Laza
as Dancer
Anne Lucas
as Dancer
Sian Todd
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for What a Girl Wants

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (36)

What a Girl Wants plays like a TV cartoon, not even a sitcom, and makes little sense on its own terms.

April 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Too-cute with a few iffy moments, but tweens will eat it up.

December 29, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A sanitized adventure for the Mary Kate-and-Ashley set.

April 8, 2003 | Full Review…

There's nothing wrong with this movie, it just kind of moves along at this little pace, no surprises.

April 7, 2003

As with The Princess Diaries, those in the market for what it has to offer will find it pleasantly agreeable, and those who aren't won't be in the theater in the first place.

April 5, 2003 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Uninspired and insipid all the way.

April 4, 2003

Audience Reviews for What a Girl Wants


If you are feeling a little down and want to watch a happily-ever-after fairy tale, this is the movie for you!

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Ordinary fish out of water rom/com is set a step above the rest of its ilk by beautiful location filming in London and Colin Firth and Eileen Atkins in the cast.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Daphne is an American teenager out to find her father, Lord Henry Dashwood. She's up to the challenge as she encounters snooty rich people & falls in love with a British boy. This is one of my favorite Amanda Bynes movies!!! :) I love it so much! (:

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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