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.
Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes), a frisky American teenager, goes in search of her estranged father, a British lord (Colin Firth) running for Parliament. Dennie Gordon ("Joe Dirt") directed this hard-to-recognize remake of "The Reluctant Debutante," a 1958 film by Vincente Minnelli that has here been thoroughly retooled into a knock-off of "The Princess Diaries." Accompanying parents will find some moments of relief in the dry wit of the supporting players Anna Chancellor, Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce. — Dave Kehr
2003-04-04 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of What a Girl Wants