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3

Awesome: 21.67%
Worth A Look31.67%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad: 18.33%
Total Crap: 28.33%

4 reviews, 36 user ratings


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What a Girl Wants
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by Katsat

"Sometimes charm is enough."
4 stars

In a lousy week filled with war and destruction, an annoying head cold, college rejections, car dent repair, hot, muggy weather, and an unexpected tax bill running to 5 digits (!), escapism was definitely something the doctor ordered. And that is just what What a Girl Wants provides, critics be damned.

Yes it's predictable and corny, yes it's derivative and heavily influenced by The Princess Diaries, yes it strains credibility, yes its production values are suspect, and yes it must have have run out of money when it came to creating its opening titles, BUT sometimes charm is enough to carry the day, and charm it has up to its American and English ears.

The lead actress Amanda Bynes plays cute and perky so effortlessly and naturally, you can't help but like and root for her, regardless of the lame things she might have to do and say.

And there are not one but TWO Prince Charmings - newcomer heartthrob Oliver James as her boyfriend and the thinking woman's heartthrob Colin Firth as her long-lost dad.

Oliver is just as appealing as Bynes and as nice and sensible as a cool guy can be, and he can actually sing, too. If this role is a good indication of his charm and appeal, he has a pretty bright future ahead of him.

Colin Firth plays his role with the depth, sincerity and integrity you've come to expect from all his performances. He actually succeeds in making you believe he could be a man who finds the love child - of his one true love - that he never knew he had, and that he could change his life for them. In the hands of a lesser and less charming and attractive actor, the man would have been little more than a corny plot device. But Firth provides the heart and heft of the movie and makes his character someone you grow to like and really care about (and maybe fantasize about, too - as the fantasy father or husband, depending on your demographic).

As the title makes clear, this is a film for girls, so chick-flick haters and cynics STAY AWAY (unless you have an Amanda fixation). But it's also for girls of riper vintage - note the TWO Prince Charmings - who should be more than willing to succumb to their princely charms.

Don't go to this movie expecting the wit of Clueless or the intelligence of Ever After. It's a lightweight modern-day fairy tale which sometimes misses its mark. But it provides a diverting ninety minutes of escapism, megawatt charm from its stars, and smiles, laughs, and awws aplenty for its targeted audience.

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User Comments

3/04/11 Jenny Old cheap shit from Colin Firth. Amanda Bynes in deserved obscurity. 2 stars
9/23/10 Emily Sand Once again Colin Firth shits on his audience. 1 stars
4/04/10 Barbara Quintessential Firth - walks thu a movie straight to the bank. 2 stars
2/22/10 Rita Critics keep excusing C Firth his choices and this is the crap you keep getting from him. 2 stars
5/29/08 PAUL SHORTT AS SUGARY AND MILD AS A VANILLA MILKSHAKE 1 stars
1/24/08 Charles Tatum Pretty awful stuff, Bynes' TV work is funnier 2 stars
7/17/07 isabella its really cute and i cant wait tell hairspray amanda your great!!! 5 stars
6/10/07 Jelena This is the great film,but I still do not know the name of her handsome boyfriend....Help? 5 stars
11/07/05 Huwai It's very nice. I really like it 5 stars
5/31/05 Carolann i love this movie! its my favorit movie in the world.i love the cast. 5 stars
7/21/04 Valerie A very "girly" movie, but I like it! This movie is a must see for girls! 5 stars
4/06/04 Dean not bad 4 stars
1/19/04 george i like it 5 stars
1/14/04 Chupa Chups too much like the princess diaries...i wud hav given it "1 star" if it wasn't for Colin 2 stars
10/26/03 IRISH ITS GREAT 5 stars
10/13/03 ellie Charming 5 stars
9/13/03 Kitty B. amanda bynes sux 1 stars
8/13/03 Nancy295 I liked it - Colin is hot and Amanda was cute. 4 stars
8/13/03 Red great 5 stars
8/09/03 Ghetto Smurf I haven't seen this. I just wanted to give a shitty review 1 stars
7/11/03 Rebecca I loved this movie ! it rocks 5 stars
7/10/03 SA A feel good movie if ever there was one. Kudos to Colin Firth and the excellent cast. 5 stars
7/08/03 kz Colin Firth in leather pants...Amanda was much better than expected 4 stars
6/09/03 khurshid pretty good movie for teenagers 4 stars
6/04/03 Jenna Furr The Parent Trap without twins. Mostly works. 4 stars
4/12/03 JJ I think the movie is great. Colin Firth is great as usual and Amanda is a rising star 5 stars
4/11/03 wafer are you people fucking kidding 1 stars
4/10/03 katsat Extreme dichotomy of Ratings: Awesome/Sucks, Love/Hate, Girl/Boy 4 stars
4/09/03 H Jordan Anyone over 12 actually writing their comments here? Might explain the ratings. 1 stars
4/09/03 Linda Kemmerer Excellent family entertainment, Colin Firth and Amanda Bynes develop real chemistry. 5 stars
4/08/03 Andrew Carden Tediously Unfunny and Slow Nickelodeon Fare. Avoid At All Costs. 1 stars
4/06/03 Kaesi This film sucks. It made me WANT TO DIE just so I wouldn't have to watch it anymore... 1 stars
4/06/03 Atanu What an incompetent review from katsat. Enough with the Brit obsession already. 1 stars
4/03/03 Heather What was I thinking when I saw this? Utter horse shit 1 stars
3/29/03 obee anything with Colin Firth is worth watching 4 stars
3/28/03 kaylie horrible movie, amanda is a bad actress 1 stars
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