What A Girl Wants

Synopsis: Daphne, a seventeen-year-old girl from New York goes to England in search of her father, who does not know he had a child with an American girlfriend he met while working in Morocco, and whose aristocratic family did not approve of the woman.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Dennie Gordon
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
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105 min

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My name is Daphne Reynolds|and I was born in New York City.

I've lived my whole life with my mom|in a fifth-floor walkup in Chinatown.

It's always been just the two of us,|me and Libby.

But every year on my birthday|I'd make a wish.

Make a wish, baby!

That someone else could be there too.

And every year when he didn't come...

...I'd ask my mom to tell me|the same story.

You never get tired of this one,|do you? Okay.

Once upon a time...

...there was a young,|very cool singer named Libby...

...who one day decided to go out|and see the world.

Little did she know that in the deserts|of Morocco fate was waiting for her...

...and his name was Henry.

They fell madly, passionately,|hopelessly in love...

...and were married|by the chief of a Bedouin tribe.

Henry brought her to England to meet|his family so they could get married for real.

But fate was not so kind this time.

She was definitely not|what they were expecting.

But when Henry's father suddenly died...

...Libby knew there'd be more pressure|on him to lead a certain kind of life...

...because he was now Lord Dashwood...

...and Libby was no one's idea of a lady.

Henry knows all about it.|lf you love him, you will go now.

l think you should see this.

Apparently there's someone else.

So even though it broke her heart,|she knew she had to leave him.

But a few months later, fate|gave her the greatest gift of all:

A beautiful baby girl named Daphne.

Sweet dreams, kiddo.

-Love you.|-Love you.

l can't believe you're 1 5 years old today.

Sweet dreams, Henry.

On my 1 7th birthday,|Mom and I had to work.

But it turned out to be|where my story really began.

You delivering something?

Yeah, about three hours|of watered-down rock and roll...

...and one very late waitress.


Watch your head.

Are you related?

-Can l park it?|-Yeah, over there.

How could he do this to me?|lt's our wedding day! Where is he?

What? l should know?|20 minutes and she's lost him already.

Very funny.

Hey, how you doing?

l'm sorry, can l borrow this? Thanks.


Sorry about this.|Come on, big guy, wakey-wakey.

Help! Ma!

-lt's cold and l can't get it out!|-Shout!


-Are you done with this, sir?|-Oh, thanks.


-Noelle!|-What are you doing here?

l'm clearing the chicken cacciatore.

Oh, my God, that is so funny!

Guess what? l'm interning at Jenkins|and Taylor before l go to Duke, pre-law.

-What's up next for you?|-The dessert, a selection of sorbets.

-No, where are you going to college?|-The University of the Undecided.

ls that in Ohio?


Undecided, Ohio.

Well, l guess l better be going.|But say hey to Jenkins. And Taylor.

-But--|-lf everyone would clear the dance floor...

...the bride and her father|would like to share a special dance.

-l know. l saw the look.|-l don't want to talk about it.

Every time we do these weddings, Mom,|l see the father-daughter dances.

l just--

l can't help but think that|l'm never gonna get to do that.

l know you think you're doing the|right thing by keeping me from him--

l was trying to protect you|from getting hurt the same way l was.

You left him, remember?

lt's not like he jumped on a plane|and came after me.

Maybe he would have|if he knew l existed.

-lt's not that simple.|-Why can't you understand, Mom?

l feel like half of me is missing.

And without the other half, how am|l supposed to know who l really am?


Getting to know someone because|they share the same DNA isn't the answer.

lt's about getting to know yourself.

Come on, let's go steal some leftovers.|Lasagna looks great.

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Jenny Bicks

Jenny Bicks is an American television producer and screenwriter, most notable for her work as a television writer on the HBO series, Sex and the City and as the creator and writer of the ABC series, Men in Trees.Bicks was also a writer on the short-lived series, Leap of Faith and wrote the screenplay for the 2003 film, What a Girl Wants. Bicks made her directorial debut with the short film, Gnome. Her only known acting job was as Miss Haskell in the Drew Barrymore movie Never Been Kissed. Bicks grew up in Manhattan where she attended the Brearley School. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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