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What A Girl Wants

Every birthday Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) blows out the candles on her cake and wishes for a dad. Raised by her Bohemian mother, Libby (Kelly Preston), in a small apartment in New York's Chinatown, her life is full of love and freedom. But even for this girl who seems to have it all, what she wants most is the comforting presence of a father. So she sets out to find the Dad she never knew. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Theater Release: 03 May 2003
Video Release: 04 Aug 2003
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

A Debutante Ball is a way of introducing young women of social standing to the public. Do you have any rituals, ceremonies or events that mark the “coming of age” in your family, religious or cultural background? For a brief history of the debutante ball, follow the link to www-rcf.usc.edu/~clingerm/history.html.

Although Daphne’s upbringing was rather casual, was she well cared for by her mother? Why did she feel it was important to find her father in order to understand herself better?

How did Daphne treat the family butler compared to Glynnis and her daughter? Do you think their views of social standing influenced the way they acted? In turn, what was the servant’s response to the three women?

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