Owen Gleiberman
April 18, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

What a Girl Wants

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
1 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/04/03
performer
Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston, Eileen Atkins, Anna Chancellor, Oliver James, Jonathan Pryce
director
Dennie Gordon
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Jenny Bicks
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a B-

Amanda Bynes has chipmunk cheeks, eyes as clear as a Kansas sky, and the ability to rock out in the punkette-gymnast manner of Avril Lavigne. In What a Girl Wants, she hops over to England to reunite with her long-lost, dashing aristocrat father (Colin Firth). Ensconced in Daddy’s mansion, Bynes shocks the stuffing out of all those fuddy-duddy English people, even as she gets the privilege of absorbing their classy airs. The movie is a likable tween throwaway, though you do wish it didn’t leave you with the unfortunate sight of Colin Firth donning leather pants to play air guitar to ”Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.”

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