What an Audience Wants

2006-03-30 12:00

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.

What the critics are saying:

"Admittedly prepubescent girlie-girls might be won over by Miss Bynes' chickadee antics, but supervising guardians should be warned: it'll take a lot more than a stiff upper lip to swallow this bag of old chestnuts."
- Stella Papamichael, BBCi

"...Gordon doesn't seem to care about character consistency, smart dialogue, natural narrative flow or anything beyond the most counterfeit kind of charm - because she expects the same low standards from her target audience."
- Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDwire

"It's slick girlie stuff, but the cast makes it go down easy."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

What A Girl Wants relies too heavily on the fantasies of its pre-teen audience for the film to appeal to anyone else. The one decent performance, by Colin Firth, isn't enough to save this turkey.

JO 2003/07/31 4:01 PM
WONDERFULL!! I loved this movie! It was excellent! Anybody will love it!! What a Girl Wants
LETTIE 2003/07/31 4:34 PM
What a girl wants The best i have seen in a long time. Cried, laughed everything in one. yes
Tamsin 2003/08/03 3:29 PM
what a girl wants its a beautiful story about a girl who longs to meet her father, and when she does, feels that he doesn't accept her because she's being to much like herself, i'd recomend this movie to everyone, but especially young teenage girls Charlies angels- full throttle
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