What a Girl Wants

Published November 15, 2020

What a Girl Wants

Film info

  • Title What a Girl Wants
  • Director Dennie Gordon
  • Year 2003
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Tagline Trying to fit in. Born to stand out

Daphne (Amanda Bynes), a spirited young American girl, travels to London in search of her long-lost father (Colin Firth), an influential aristocratic politician. As Daphne attempts to prove that love can conquer all, her impulsive behaviour creates an uproar in high society, where her unique style threatens to undermine the relationship she has waited her whole life to experience.

Live blog

Time Comment
4:01 Boo Jonathan Pryce, interfering.
6:40 So that’s how new dances are born. Ice sculpture down the back.
8:03 This wedding singer has some tunes up her sleeve.
11:44 She left her a goodbye voice memo. Amazing.
16:46 There’s no room in London for a manor that size.
20:24 “That singer you met on a camel?”
31:46 Americans saying plonker sounds so weird.
36:04 That is a piss poor Prince Charles lookalike.
42:57 I feel like she’s such a terrible shot, he’s going to need more than a tin helmet.
48:59 Peach and Pear and Parsnip. Ridiculous.
53:02 The chandelier!
56:23 “Don’t let him in, I’m not even cute yet.”
1:04:04 “I had no idea you were so versatile,” which is code for what the bloody hell are you doing here?
1:16:54 You literally can’t please everyone.
1:21:57 The thing when people deliberately get names wrong to cause offence is so gross.
1:25:59 The music stopped like it does in Eastenders.
1:34:48 Finally, someone got punched! I’ve been calling for it for the last half hour.


I mean, we knew exactly what this would be going in to it - a pretty trashy film with Amanda Bynes running around being amusing. I was expecting bad wipes and bad ADR and I got most of that. It didn’t really make any sense and wasn’t very believable but it was a lot of fun and exactly what was needed after an exhausting few days.

Plus Colin Firth gave it an edge of respectability that it otherwise would have entirely lacked.

Rating: 2 / 5

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