What A Girl Wants PATCHED
Daphne Reynolds is a 17-year-old American girl, living with her wedding singer mother, Libby, above a restaurant in Chinatown, New York City. Libby had met Briton Henry Dashwood in Morocco, and they married in a Bedouin wedding ceremony of uncertain legality. They returned to his family estate in England. His father soon died, making Henry the Lord Dashwood. Alistair Payne, the family's aristocratic advisor, tricks Libby into leaving, telling her it is best for Henry's duties not to know she is pregnant, then he lies to Henry, hiding the pregnancy from him and saying that Libby claimed to be leaving because she was in love with someone else.
What a Girl Wants
On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 36% based on 109 reviews, with an average rating of 4.80/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Little girls will definitely enjoy it, but it's too syrupy and predictable for adults." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 41 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade "A" on scale of A to F.
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"Crazy" plays as Daphne is attempting to get ready for the royal dress show. She has some trouble figuring out how to tame the Dashwood residence's deluxe shower. The family leaves Daphne scrambling to get dressed for what will be a memorable event.
This depressing message mirrors the way that Daphne feels about life without a relationship with her dad. She has spent so many years without him and she knows what she has been missing once the two have gotten to know each other.
Every birthday Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) blows out the candles on her cake and wishes for a dad. Raised by her Bohemian mother, Libby (Kelly Preston), in a small apartment in New York's Chinatown, her life is full of love and freedom. But even for this girl who seems to have it all, what she wants most is the comforting presence of a father. So she sets out to find the Dad she never knew.
Mia Thermopolis is a reluctant debutante who discovers her royal lineage in The Princess Diaries. Hallie and Annie are two sisters eager to reunite their parents after the girls meet at summer camp in the 1998 Disney remake of The Parent Trap.
An American girl, Daphne, heads to Europe in search of the father she's never met. But instead of finding a British version of her bohemian mother, she learns the love of her mom's life is an uptight politician. The only problem now is that her long-lost dad is engaged to a fiercely territorial social climber with a daughter who makes Daphne's life miserable.
Deciding to fulfill her own wish, Daphne leaves for London to find her father. To her dismay, the young girl discovers that Lord Dashwood is engaged to the haughty Glynnis (Anna Chancellor). Will Daphne's presence create a British scandal and scuttle Glynnis' dreams of becoming the wife of the future Prime Minister?
It's especially suspicious that Henry doesn't ask for more proof that he's Daphne's dad considering he's a wealthy high-profile politician. How does he know Daphne isn't someone his ex-girlfriend hired to dupe him into paying 17 years worth of child support? How does he know it's not a plan from a rival politician to challenge his ranking in the polls? He clearly didn't trust Libby enough to look her up after she allegedly broke up with him, so why would he trust her when she says Daphne is definitely his daughter?
Even more disturbing is the fact that, by the end of the film, we see that Armistead is still a sleazy creep. He and Clarissa tie the knot and Armistead immediately forces his attentions upon another unwilling woman, groping one of Clarissa's bridesmaids as the wedding photo is being taken. It's implied that Clarissa and Armistead both got what they deserved, but did they? Sure, Clarissa is petty and jealous, but no woman deserves to be with a man who disrespects women or doesn't understand the importance of consent. As for Armistead, he ends up married to a wealthy and beautiful woman, which is hardly a punishment.
What a Girl Wants is a 2003 teen comedy starring Amanda Bynes (The Amanda Show, All That). An average American girl named Daphne, employed by a banquet service and living with her Bohemian mother (Kelly Preston), finds out that her father (Colin Firth) is a wealthy British politician. She sets out to find him, causing trouble and finding love along the way.
Alpha Bitch: Clarissa, of course.
Appeal to Obscurity: Between Glynnis and Clarissa regarding how hard they have to work to maintain their social standing: Glynnis: "Look what happened to Olivia Dixon when she went to China last summer?" Clarissa: "Who's Olivia Dixon?" Glynnis: "Exactly."
Batman Gambit: Jocelyn Dashwood doesn't like her son sacrificing himself for political reasons. When Daphne comes around, Jocelyn is more than happy to help her out in getting to know her father better, therefore pushing him out of Alistair's manipulative hands.
Be Yourself "Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you are born to stand out?"
Blue Blood: Daphne's paternal family is of nobility, consisting her father, Lord Henry Dashwood, the Earl of Wycombe, and her paternal grandmother, Jocelyn Dashwood, the Countess of Wycombe. Daphne herself is apparently 39th in line to the British throne because of this.
Bowdlerization: Real Life Example. The original poster had Daphne flashing the peace sign. It was notably changed as America was entering the second Iraq War.
Britain Is Only London: Colin Firth's character owning a country estate in downtown London. Roger Ebert's review of the film contains a priceless quote in which he commented that that kind of real estate would have to be "worth more than Rhode Island".
British Stuffiness: Jocelyn:"No hugs, dear. I'm British. We only show affection to dogs and horses."
Cool Old Lady / Deadpan Snarker: Jocelyn Dashwood, the only member of the family to be immediately open to accepting Daphne's story.
Double Entendre: Armistead's friend: I'd let her dump tea in my harbor anytime.
Edible Theme Naming: Peach and Pear. They apparently have a sister named Parsnip; she doesn't get out much.
It's a Costume Party, I Swear!: Successfully pulled on Daphne, who goes to a formal event in a tank top and ripped jeans. However, people thought she was a model at first, instead of improperly dressed, so it backfired.
Jerkass: Clarissa, Glynnis, and Alistair ( who knew that Libby was pregnant with Daphne, convinced her to leave, and then told Henry that there was someone else and withheld the knowledge of his daughter's existence for years.)
Luke, You Are My Father: When Daphne and Henry initially meet, Henry assumes she's another paparazzi journalist trying to get a photo of him, until she shows him the photo Libby gave her and explains that it was because her mother thought she should know what her father looked like.
Mama Bear: Libby to Glynnis: "Take your hands off my daughter or you won't get a scene. You'll get a Broadway musical."
Non Action Dress Rip: Daphne makes the dowdy dress beautiful and sleek with just a pair of scissors.
She Cleans Up Nicely: Daphne, including the stair entrance.
Daphne passes on her tips in this regard to Peach and Pear; the dresses they wore for their coming-out party made them look fat, but when they next appear they are wearing more form-fitting green outfits.
Sweet and Sour Grapes: Daphne finally realizes that her presence in England is causing both her and her father more harm than good, and returns home to America. What does Dad do? Drop everything in his life, including the Parliament seat he's been chasing for years, and run to America to be with her and her mother.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sort of;Daphne: (to Clarissa) If you take your nose out of the air for one second you'll see you're designer, I'm vintage. You've got a mansion, I've got a five floor walkup. You're a snotty little miss cranky pants and I go with the flow, so why would you ever think for one second that I'd ever have the same taste in guys? So here's a little pointer for you. Get over yourself and stop trying to be my daddy's little girl because I'm not going anywhere.
Sudden Soundtrack Stop: Lord Henry Dashwood plays some wild air guitar in leather pants until his fiancee walks in on him, bringing the dancing and the music to an abrupt halt.
Secret Secret-Keeper: A dark example as Henry discovers that Alistiar knew all along about Libby being pregnant and kept it from him so he wouldn't "throw your life away" chasing her. Henry responds by punching Alistiar in the face.
Unusual Euphemism: "Holy poo on toast.""I don't give a FLYING FART IN SPACE..."
What Beautiful Eyes!: Henry insists that Daphne must be his daughter because she has his eyes. Despite the fact that Colin Firth has small, brown eyes and Amanda Bynes has large, green eyes.