What a girl wants film makes a comeback at SLHS

Alexandra Pawlitz, Editor

While scrolling through Netflix in hope to find a movie, What a Girl Wants is often forgotten about since it was released in 2003. 17 year old films aren’t the easiest thing when it comes to the current American teen generation. However, the film is a American teen comedy film and is becoming more popular since Netflix started previewing it in June of 2019. 

What a Girl Wants is based on a girl named Daphne who boards a plane to England to find her father that she has never met before. When she arrives in England, she checks into a hotel and suddenly realizes from watching the news that her father is Lord Henry Dashwood, who is running for political office. Lord Henry finds Daphne lurking outside of his home and proceeds to acknowledge her as a stranger. When Daphne mentions who her mother is, Henry suddenly remembers everything about his past life and realizes that Daphne is in fact his daughter. As the movie progresses, she attempts to fit in with the social requirements demanded of her, while also getting to know her father, dealing with his territorial other daughter, and maintaining her own self identity. 

The movie received mostly positive reactions with Rotten Tomatoes awarding it a 62% approval rating and IMDb giving the movie five stars as an average score. Not very many students at SLHS have watched this movie, but the ones that have watched it have positive feedback from watching it. 

Kaylyn Collins mentioned, “What a Girl Wants is truly one of the best classic movies of the 2000’s. It shows the true understanding of what a girl does to try to fit in. It is definitely in the top five of my favorite classic movies.”

Brooke Barrett commented, “I really liked the plot of this movie. It all really tied together, and the character development in the movie added a lot. I loved the parts where Daphne and her father would do things on their own because it showed how a father and a daughter can bond even if they don’t know each other very well.”