In search for a cheesy teen movie, I stumbled upon this one: ‘What a Girl Wants’. And it ticks all the boxes for a cheesy chickflick teen movie from the 2000s. I’m actually surprised I haven’t seen this one before, since I was all about the crappy chickflicks in my childhood! We know there’s a wealth of cringe-worthy teen movies from the early 2000s out there: there’s been the hits, ‘John Tucker Must Die’, ‘The Princess Diaries’, ‘Wild Child’, and I could go on forever; and there’s been the misses, which in reality a lot of them become great in their cringe-worthy cheesiness anyway. The point is, I guess you either love them or you hate them, depending on the sole question: are you a chickflick fan? If not, stay away from yet another Amanda Bynes movie.
Daphne (Amanda Bynes) has always been in search for herself, feeling like she doesn’t understand who she is when she doesn’t know her father – ring any bells? ‘Mamma Mia!’. In a search for who she is, she jumps on a plane and embarks on a journey she could never imagine. From New York to London, Daphne finds her father in a mansion with a gated entry as he is Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth – yes!). Finding herself in a parallel world, Daphne is convinced she must stay true to herself, but when it starts to have an impact on her new father’s political career, she realises a change might be what is best.
An American vs British teen movie, once again. However, happily I can announce that the overt stereotypes that come with this sort of film, wasn’t as dominant in ‘What a Girl Wants’ to usual teen movies of the same country clashes. Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely showing a parallel universe between the two countries – America symbolising freedom to be who you want to be and Britain’s aristocratic lifestyle as a need to remain respectful in the public eye – but the stereotypes of tea and biscuits weren’t as present. I guess digging deeper there are some polar opposites that don’t reflect the reality of all British, but nonetheless, I don’t think the film was trying to say that regardless.
‘What a Girl Wants’ is such a cheesy movie, with cringey moments that I just couldn’t watch the screen during. But there has to be a mention of Colin Firth’s dancing scene in the mirror, because it got me howling, it was definitely the funniest scene in the whole movie. If I could I would just watch that scene on repeat. It is such another soppy teen movie. Far from the best out there, for example the ones I’ve already named would come top of the list rather than this one. It’s a bad movie that becomes good with it’s cheesiness. Although, again, some of the cringey lines were just too much for me to handle. Obviously, it’s a comedy romance, Daphne doesn’t just find her dad in London…