Father-Daughter Dance

What a Girl Wants is (I’m guessing) every little girl’s dream. During the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Amanda Bynes was one of the hottest young stars around. After the success of The Amanda Show, she decided to do more movies. The first being What a Girl Wants. A movie I totally ignored. Even though I loved The Amanda Show, I just figured the movie wasn’t aimed at me. What a Girl Wants is a loose modernization of the 1955 play The Reluctant Debutante. Only for its use of the debutante lifestyle. Where young upper class women dress up to meet future suiters. What a Girl Wants focuses on a young American girl named Daphne. Her dream since she was little is to meet her father and hopefully share a father-daughter dance with him. So she sets off to London where he lives as an upper class campaigning official. Respected actor Colin Firth plays her father. I’m not saying she’s bad, but Bynes and Firth are in two completely different acting classes. While in London, Daphne shakes things up with her free spirited American ways. Some of it even rubs off on her father. Helping her to understand why he fell in love with her mother in the first place. I can certainly understand why my generation considers it to be a guilty pleasure. What a Girl Wants is simple, sweet, and predictable, but that’s all part of its charm.


Daphne (left) hangs out with her father (right)

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