What a Girl Wants

What a Girl Wants

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Director: Dennie Gordon

Cast: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston


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Warner has produced a fairly decent DVD of What a Girl Wants, teen idol Amanda Bynes' first starring role. The best part of the disc would have to be the image, framed at 2.35:1 and anamorphic, and is a dream to look at. Colors are wonderfully saturated and vivid, while details are exceptionally strong. There is a real warm tone to the visual style that comesSee more details below


Warner has produced a fairly decent DVD of What a Girl Wants, teen idol Amanda Bynes' first starring role. The best part of the disc would have to be the image, framed at 2.35:1 and anamorphic, and is a dream to look at. Colors are wonderfully saturated and vivid, while details are exceptionally strong. There is a real warm tone to the visual style that comes across delightfully. And surprise: A severely-cropped pan-and-scan version is available separately. The English 5.1 soundtrack also isn't without its charms, but never really takes advantage of the sound field. Surrounds are only used limitedly and for environmental effect. The front left and rights are used more frequently, but, for the most part, which is not untypical for this variety of film, everything is centered up front. Supplements aren't quite as impressive, starting with scene-specific commentaries from Bynes and another from director Dennie Gordon and screenwriters Elizabeth Chandler and Jenny Bicks, although it's often difficult to tell these women apart by voice. Neither track is impressive, particularly Bynes', and it would have benefited to have a single track, not two. The remaining extras are lightweight, with a featurette on the costumes and etiquette, a hidden screen test for the Powney twins, three deleted scenes and a game to match up Bynes' costumes. Finally, along with the trailer is a page for the cast and crew, although no biographical or filmographies are offered. The disc, as with the film, will most likely appeal to a limited audience, but what is offered will surely please those fans.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Tween fave and Nickelodeon veteran Amanda Bynes comes of age in her first starring role as Daphne, a free-spirited force of nature. Upon her 17th birthday, Daphne departs from her home in New York -- and her single mom (Kelly Preston), who works as a wedding singer -- and ventures to London to track down the father she has never known. Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones's Diary heartthrob Colin Firth costars as the buttoned-up Sir Henry Dashwood, a politician unaware of his daughter's existence (thanks to his scheming adviser, portrayed by Jonathan Pryce). Dashwood is understandably taken aback by the unpredictable and endearingly klutzy Daphne, but he soon begins to question his aspirations for higher office once he falls under the influence of his rock-the-house, Coco Puffs-scarfing daughter. This does not sit well with his adviser, nor with his social-climbing fiancée and her snotty daughter, whose schemes to humiliate Daphne backfire. "Get over yourself," Daphne informs her, "I'm staying." Making this wish-fulfillment fantasy complete is Oliver James as Ian, the nicest boyfriend in the world, who counsels Daphne to be herself. "Why are you trying so hard to fit in," he asks, "when you were born to stand out?" And Bynes is a standout -- funny, charming, and sympathetic -- in a film that fans of the makeover comedy The Princess Diaries will want for command performances at home.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo]

Special Features

Closed Caption; 2 feature-length audio commentaries, one by Amanda Bynes, the other by director Dennie Gordon and writers Jenny Bicks and Elizabeth Chandler; Fashion & Etiquette 101 takes a lighthearted look at what it takes to be Belle of the Ball; What's A Girl To Wear? Mix-and-match interactive challenge; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français (Dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amanda Bynes Daphne
Colin Firth Lord Henry Dashwood
Kelly Preston Libby Reynolds
Eileen Atkins Jocelyn Dashwood
Jonathan Pryce Alistair Payne
Anna Chancellor Glynnis
Oliver James Ian Wallace
Christina Cole Clarissa Payne
Sylvia Syms Princess Charlotte
Ben Scholfield Armistead Stuart
Tom Harper Actor
Chris Mulkey Actor
Erik Von Detten Actor
Matt Acheson Country Club Wedding Singer
Stephen W. Anderson Television Reporter
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Lord Orwood
Charlie Beall Rufus
James Bell Libby's Band Member
Newton Boothe Taxi Driver
Natalie Bromley Jane
Antony Carrick Prince Michael
Chris Castle Prince Harry
Flaminia Cinque Caterer
Andrew Clarke Male Twin 1
Peter Clarke Male Twin 2
Judy Collins Dancer
Ethel Crichlow Dancer
Ash Croney Dancer
Raffaello Dagruttola Groom
Malcolm Davey Dancer
Layla Ellison Dancer
Tim Fornara Ian's Band Member
Luke Fredericks Ian's Band Member
Tom Goodfellow Libby's Band Member
James Greene Percy
David Gyasi Ian's Band Member
Tom Hanna Ian's Band Member
Peter Hugo Prince Charles
Peter Jessup Dancer
Jafri Jobaid Dancer
Tony Kemp Dancer
Stephanie Lane Fiona
Allan Laza Dancer
James Linton Political Advisor Two
Anne Lucas Dancer
Sarah Mark Newspaper Reporter #2
Soleil McGhee Young Daphne
Count Prince Miller Dancer
George Miller Dancer
Susan Mills Dancer
Nita Mistry Girl in Hostel
Ella Desmond Oakley Baby Daphne
Steven Osborne Staff Member
Bharti Patel Dancer
Basil Patton Dancer
Tom Penn Libby's Band Member
Neville Phillips Butler
Cassie Powney Peach Orwood
Connie Powney Pear Orwood
Vernon Preston Duke of Edinburgh
Mindy Lee Raskin Bride
Peter Reeves Sir John Dashwood
Elizabeth Richard Queen
Jonah Russell Policeman
Louis Saint-Juste Dancer
Barrington Shaw Dancer
Tara Summers Noelle
David Temple Ian's Band Member
Sian Todd Dancer
Mike Toller Libby's Band Member
Bruno Tonioli Fashion Emcee
Stanley Townsend Bride's Father
Daniel Tuite Newspaper Reporter #1
Matthew Turpin Prince William
Jane Victory Dancer
Pieter Vodden Sven
Thomas Michael Voss Dancer
June Walker Dancer
Maureen Waters Dancer
David Whitmey Ian's Band Member
Victoria Wicks Henry's Secretary
James Woolley Political Advisor One

Technical Credits
Dennie Gordon Director
Rebecca Alleway Set Decoration/Design
Debra Baum Musical Direction/Supervision
Jenny Bicks Screenwriter
Michael Carlin Production Designer
Elizabeth Chandler Screenwriter
Colin Charles Sound/Sound Designer
Suzanne Crowley Casting
Shay Cunliffe Costumes/Costume Designer
Denise Di Novi Producer
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
E.K. Gaylord Executive Producer
Bill Gerber Producer
Alison Greenspan Executive Producer
Steve Harding Co-producer
Casey La Scala Executive Producer
Hunt Lowry Producer
Chuck McClelland Editor
Michael Murray Asst. Director
Gilly Poole Casting
Rupert Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Styles Asst. Director
Karen Wakefield Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Once Upon A Time [4:44]
2. No Dance Partner [5:32]
3. My Turn [2:23]
4. Next Prime Minister [3:07]
5. Dashwood Manor [3:39]
6. Be Our Guest [4:25]
7. Mature For Her Age [3:45]
8. What Are Stepsisters For? [4:15]
9. Showstopper [3:59]
10. For the Season [5:03]
11. Pointers [2:53]
12. Novelty Entrance [2:39]
13. Nasty and Nice [2:56]
14. Livening Things Up [3:12]
15. Closer Look [1:40]
16. Just Joking [2:58]
17. Born To Stand Out [4:19]
18. The Regatta [3:10]
19. Splashy Getaway [4:16]
20. Another Henry [2:49]
21. A Dashwood, Too [4:47]
22. Looking Different [3:48]
23. Gotten Rid of [2:58]
24. Done Waiting [4:49]
25. Bits and Pieces [3:08]
26. Priorities Straight [3:25]
27. Their Dance [4:17]
28. Happily Ever After [5:40]

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