What a Girl Wants
"What A Girl Wants"... a feel-good film.
HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER: Let's make a movie for young people. You know the kinds who think Britney rules and Christina rocks.
Prospective scriptwriter: Huh? Producer: PYTs (Pretty Young Things) have an emotional appeal around the world. Chick flicks work, man.
Scriptwriter: Well, okay, Sir. How about something on their life and what they really want.
Producer: "Crossroads." Britney Spears. Been done before. We need a twist to that. Maybe a different setting to give it some extra punch and substance.
Scriptwriter: Er... how about some Brit wit "Notting Hill," "Bridget Jones' Diary," "Love Actually" style.
Producer: Well, that's too stiff for a young film. The girl needs to be American, she needs to be cool.
Scriptwriter: Well, lets have a bohemian American Mom who's cool and maybe a British Dad who leads a staid lifestyle. Maybe he's a part of royalty or aristocracy or something. Some misunderstanding between them separates them, which the girl could set right later when she goes in search of her Dad from America to London. And she finally finds him, running for Prime Minister or something. A touch of "Maid in Manhattan." So Dad and his men want her to behave. She tries to ...
Producer: And falls in love with some young man there, I suppose? Scriptwriter: That can be arranged, Sir.
Producer: Let me call casting director. Lets see if we can get Hugh Grant or Colin Firth.
Casting Director: Did you say Colin Firth, Sir? And I presume you want Kelly Preston, Jerry Maguire's ex-girlfriend girl playing the sexy Mom?
Casting Director: And Amanda Bynes to play the bubbly cute teenager who can also look hot?
Producer: Sounds cool.
Casting Director: I'm afraid the movie is already made, Sir.
Casting Director: Warner Bros Pictures "What a Girl Wants." Dennie Gordon directed it. He's done a lot of TV before "Ally McBeal," "Picket Fences," "Chicago Hope," "The Practice" ... Based on William Douglas' play and 1958 screenplay.
Producer: Oh! Er... How is the movie?
Casting Director: Very feel-good. Should do well in India now. But yes, the movie is surely watchable. Young people will surely love it. "Freaky Friday" explored the Mom-daughter bond. This one has Father-daughter getting to know each other. It's very predictable but worth the time. It's got its moments.
Producer: Is there any theme that Hollywood has left untouched? Scriptwriter: Sir, I have another idea. This rocks, really. In fact, it's about rock. I plan to call it "School of Rock."
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