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What A Girl Wants | 2003 | PG | - 3.2.2

A young woman (Amanda Bynes) who lives in New York with her mother (Kelly Preston) longs to meet her long-lost British father (Colin Firth). One day she decides that she cannot wish and wait any longer and travels to London, where she discovers that not only he's an aristocrat, but he's just announced his candidacy for political office. Apart from the inevitable lifestyle clash, a scandal such as the sudden appearance of an American teenage daughter could ruin him. Also with Jonathan Pryce and Anna Chancellor. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss several times in different scenes, and a young man and a young woman kiss romantically several times in different scenes. A young man and a young woman dance together and he touches her buttocks; also a young woman dances in several scenes with thrusting, wiggling and spinning. A young man holds a young man around the waist while on a motorcycle. Women wear outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, shoulders, backs and legs. A young woman wears a skin-tight top that accentuates her figure, and a man wears skin-tight leather pants and dances in front of a mirror. A young woman remarks that a man should have "put a cork in it 17 years ago" during a discussion about him having a child he was not aware of.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man punches a man in the face and he falls hard to the ground. A young woman shoves a young man into a lake when he tries to kiss her. A woman drags a young woman into a room and locks her in. A man drives a motorcycle through a crowd of people; some are knocked down and some fall back into a fountain. A young woman scales a rock wall, and falls off the top onto the ground. A man pours hot tea on a young woman's shoe. A young man and a young woman fall out of a boat into a lake. A man is startled by a young woman in a darkened kitchen. A man talks about his ancestors and the limbs and other body parts they lost in battles. A young woman bumps her head on the roof of a van, trips over a man's leg, falls off a stage and lands on a man's lap. A man hits his head under a table (he is apparently inebriated). A woman shooting skeet hits a statue (blowing its head off), hits a bird house (sending the birds flying), and hits a tree branch just after a cat jumps off it; and when a young woman tries to take a shot she is knocked back onto the ground. A dog barks and snarls at a man. We hear a toilet flush as a girl leaves a bathroom.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 1 mild scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 7 religious exclamations and insults.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Responsibility, the British upper classes, snobbery, honesty, death of a parent, duty, disappointment, impropriety, politics, family, scandal, priorities, conformity, wedding rituals, debutantes, greed.

MESSAGE - We must each write our own life story. Being who you really are is the only way to live an honest life. Serve your conscience.

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