In What a Girl Wants, Amanda Bynes is cute and sparky as Daphne Reynolds, the long-lost daughter of Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth), a politician from a staid English family who never knew that a passionate affair in his wilder days with Libby Reynolds (Kelly Preston) had resulted in a child. Lots of predictable and wild adventures ensue, and eventually of course father-daughter relations are all nice and rosy.
It's reasonably good fun, although Daphne's love interest is completely ludicrous and seems to have about a hundred jobs, all involving the royal family. Bad guy Alistair Payne (Jonathan Pryce) is bad and his daughter Glynnis (Anna Chancellor) is very snobbish - while HER daughter Clarissa (Christina Cole), Daphne's arch-nemesis, is even worse. I've only seen Anna Chancellor in 2 things now (this and The Hour), and I already like her very much - she's got a lot of charisma.
So yeah, What a Girl Wants is predictable and sometimes funny. Obviously early teenage girls will enjoy it most. Director Dennie Gordon creates a simple story that young girls will easily follow and relate to, which was probably the main aim of this movie. Adults will find it rather trite (but it's far from the worst film to watch with your daughter!!)
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