What a Girl Wants is a 2003
from remake of a film and play scripted
by USA and called the reluctant debutante.
The features a young woman brought up by her mother who fantasies about her father
with whom she associated when in William Douglas Home North Africa and Europe. Her mother has become
a wedding singer and she works as a waitress envying the brides given away by
their fathers and with whom they have the second dance.
The father is played by Colin Firth as Lord Dashwood who is abandoning his title in order to enter the House of Commons with a view to becoming the party leader and future Prime Minister. He is being pushed into this course by Jonathan Pryce, an influential political fixer and whose daughter he has become engaged.
His natural daughter goes off to
Europe and to meet her father where Pryce
attempts to sideline the girl but Firth takes to her and arranges for her to
have a coming out season bringing her into contact with royalty and also a
young well connected singer. The girl wrestles between the new status and life and
her feelings for the young man deciding in the end to return to London . Rather than settled for his life,
after meeting the girl’s mother who arrives for the coming out ball he goes to
the USA, abandoning his engagement and political career, especially after it
emerges that Pryce had originally persuaded the girl’s mother to return to the USA
and not marry Firth. Firth also bring
with him the young man and the dream of the girl to have her father give her away
at the wedding and have the first dance is fulfilled. Everyone sigh with happiness. America