What a Girl Wants (2003)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for mild language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: William Douglas-Home, Elizabeth Chandler, Jenny Bicks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2003
Box Office: $36.0M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Daphne Reynolds

as Henry Dashwood

as Libby Reynolds

as Jocelyn Dashwood

as Glynnis Payne

as Alistair Payne

as Edward

as Television Reporter

as Taxi Driver

as Prince Harry

as Young Daphne

as Television Reporter

as Sur John Dashwood

as Staff Member

as Libby's Band Member

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as Bride's Father

as Noelle

as Ian Wallace

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as Policeman

as Prince Charles

as Prince William

as Armistead Stuart

as Ian's Band Member

as Fashion Emcee

as Princess Charlotte

as Prince Michael

as Peach Orwood

as Pear Orwood

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as Henry's Secretary

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Critic Reviews for What a Girl Wants

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (34)

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

Full Review… | April 8, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 7, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Another piece of teen-girl wish-fulfillment fluff of the most forgettable sort.

Full Review… | May 12, 2004

The capable cast is wasted in this fluff piece.

Full Review… | December 30, 2003
Three Movie Buffs

Despite her obnoxious Nickelodeon pedigree, Bynes proves that, given the right project, she isn't half bad.

Full Review… | August 29, 2003
Kansas City Star

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

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

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

Super Reviewer

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