Movie Review: What a Girl Wants

what a girl wants

Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) lives with her mother Libby (Kelly Preston), a wedding singer, above a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, New York. Daphne has never met her father and wishes desperately for a father and daughter dance and to know the other person who made her. Her mother is very vague about it all, telling Daphne that she left her husband before he knew she was pregnant because his secretary had convinced him Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth) was better off without him.

Daphne takes matters into her own hands and flies to London. She sees on TV that her father is running for election to become Prime Minister. She meets Ian Wallace (Oliver James), a nice English boy who she gets along with before she heads to look for her father.

Daphne sneaks into Dashwood manor and is caught, and Henry initially believes she is paparazzi. When she explains everything he is hurt that he was never told but wants to get to know her better. This doesn’t jibe well with his fiancé, Glynnis (Anna Chancellor) and his soon to be stepdaughter Clarissa (Christina Cole). Glynnis is the daughter of Henry’s secretary, Alistair (Jonathan Pryce), the man who had orchestrated Libby’s exit from Henry’s life.

Clarissa resorts to dirty tactics to discredit Daphne, but she becomes quite popular for her strange American ways. Armistead Stewart (Ben Scholfield) a preppy rich kid is interested in Daphne. This makes Clarissa dislike her more because she wants to date Armistead. Daphne ends up pushing him into the Thames when he tries to kiss her, causing another publicity scandal for her father.

Henry tells Daphne in the nicest way possible that she is ruining his career and Daphne decides to hide away her true self and become more ladylike. This starts working and she becomes the press’s darling. Ian is very upset by it all because it isn’t who he has come to like and know.

Will Daphne ever be able to be herself again? Will she and Ian end up together? What will Lord Dashwood do when he finds out that Alistair sent away his pregnant wife?

Rating: 4.5/10

Why do chick flicks have bad names?

Because of movies like What a Girl wants. They take horrible actors and throw in one good actor in (Just what was Colin Firth thinking) and expect one good one to save the rest. Then, as an added bonus, a completely unrealistic story line is woven – do American parents routinely allow their children to just fly to another continent or was Libby a special case? The movie is completely PG friendly and sanitized to death. The English people are ridiculously portrayed – to make the American girl look cool, which failed, and does not bring the expected humour to the movie. I want to call Colin Firth and ask exactly what he was thinking being in this film. Thoroughly NOT recommended.

Movie Review: easy A (2010)

Easy A (Official Movie Poster)

Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) is invisible at school until one little lie changes everything. To have an excuse not to go camping with her best friend Rhiannon (Aly Michalka) she says that she has a date the weekend with an older guy. The next week Rhiannon keeps asking if Olive slept with the guy and eventually she lies and says yes to shut Rhiannon up. Marianne Bryant (Amanda Bynes) overhears the conversation and starts spreading the rumors around school that Olive is a slut. Marianne is the leader of their high school’s annoying religious click and sets out to “help” Olive. Marianne dates Micah (Cam Gigandet), a 22-year old senior with peanuts for brains who is having an affair with the school counselor, Mrs. Griffith (Lisa Kudrow), Mr. Griffith’s wife.

Olive gets detention from her favorite teacher Mr. Griffith (Thomas Haden Church) when she calls Nina Howell (Mahaley Hessam) a twat. She cleans bathrooms as punishment with her friend Brandon (Dan Byrd) and he admits to being gay and how difficult it is to be gay in school. She sympathizes and tells him to take matters into his own hands to get people to stop teasing him. Brandon gets the idea that he and Olive should pretend to have sex at a party to convince everyone he is straight. Olive eventually agrees because she really feels sorry for him. They pretend to have sex (loudly while everyone is listening outside of the door) and Brandon restores his status at school.

Rhiannon calls Olive when she hears the news and it becomes obvious that she is jealous over Olive’s new notoriety. Olive gets angry and decides to embrace her new “tramp” identity. She channels her anger with the help of the book their English class is reading, the Scarlet Letter, and sews an “A” to all her new risqué outfits.

Olive soon starts taking money for “sleeping” with unpopular boys, increasing their status. All hell breaks loose when Micah is tested positive for chlamydia and blames Olive. Olive agrees to take the blame to spare Mr. Griffith, who doesn’t deserve to have his wife’s philandering ways become known. Marianne is furious and her clique, which Rhiannon has now joined, begins campaigning to have Olive thrown out of school.

Olive finally becomes depressed. She is sad that every guy was willing to pay to say they had slept with her but none of them even thought of taking her on a real date. When Andon (Jake Sandvig) asks her out, she feels that the tides are turning. On their date at the lobster shack Rhiannon sees them and just gets angrier because she’s liked him forever. Andon, however, seems to think that Olive will really sleep with him for money and tries to kiss her. She storms away, and her friend Todd (Penn Badgley) makes her home. He tells her that he doesn’t believe the rumors and that he knows she isn’t sleeping with everyone, and also that Rhiannon kissed him – which means Rhiannon went after Olive’s childhood sweetheart.

Olive decides to try and get her life back, but Brandon ran away with a guy and Micah was sent to his grandparents as punishment. Mrs. Griffith refuses to come clean as well, telling Olive no one will believe her story because she is the school tramp. Olive tells Mr. Griffith the truth, and he believes her and leaves his wife.

Olive hatches a brilliant plan with Todd and does a song and dance at a school rally where she invites everyone to go watch her live broadcast from her webcam where she will “do-it” with Todd. Instead, she tells her true story to the entire school, ruining everyone’s reputations as studs. She texts Rhiannon apologizing for lying to her. After finishing her webcast, Todd fetches her on a lawnmower and they ride off into the sunset together.

Rating: 7.5/10

Easy A was hilariously funny. It has a unique story – not sleeping around but pretending you did and still getting burned – and delightfully focuses on all the many personalities in high school that has issues existing. The pompous Jesus-freak was excellently done by Amanda Bynes (sad sigh), which I might add was one of her best performances I’ve ever seen. The gay guy who is struggling to survive amidst jackasses, the girl desperate to be popular no matter what (I really wanted to slap Rhiannon) and the poor teachers who are in control of them made up for a pretty entertaining time.

Emma Stone is as awesome as always. She is really talented and very funny when she wants to be. I haven’t ever watched one of her movies that I didn’t enjoy. Also, I have serious hair envy every time I see her.

The movie is unique and fun and recommended to everyone.

Have you seen it? Thoughts?