7. “What a Girl Wants” (2003)
Only real ’90s kids remember there was an Amanda Bynes movie about a power struggle in the British Parliament (you’d never be able to tell that it actually came out in the 21st century). And thanks to Netflix, there still is! A semi-charming and very silly YA comedy in which Bynes plays a bohemian New York City girl who learns that her long-estranged father (Colin Firth!) is running to become the next Prime Minister of England, “What a Girl Wants” is pure, unleaded throwback fuel for anyone looking to escape the pandemic by visiting a much simpler time — it’s named after a pre-“Dirrty” Christina Aguilera song, for heaven’s sake. Bynes teaches her dad and his stuffy politician friends to live a little, and he teaches her that having a rich British dad is pretty cool.
Is it good? Don’t ask stupid questions. The fact of the matter is you’re too burnt out to watch “Céline and Julie Go Boating” on the Criterion Channel right now, and you’ve already memorized “The Princess Diaries” — a movie that doesn’t even feature a wildly overqualified Jonathan Pryce in a supporting role — so just sit back and enjoy this blast from the ancient past.
Available to stream May 1