When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for one of his soccer teammates, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.
Since Malibu brat Poppy Moore's mom passed away, she has pushed her rich, usually absent dad Gerry shamelessly. When his patience wears out, she's shipped off to her mother's former English boarding school for girls, Abbey Mount. On her first day she makes enemies of most dorm mates, especially dominant lacrosse school captain Harriet, and the school's principal Mrs. Kingsley. Unwilling to accept the strict regime, she decides to misbehave and take the blame for everyone until she's dismissed. The school only appealing feature for her is Kingsley's dashing son Freddie. When the dream prince transfers his favor from ambitious, uptight Harriet to unruly Poppy, that changes everything. Written by
The dance the Abbey Mount girls perform before the last part of the lacrosse Finale is a modified Haka, or "Maori war cry", as used by the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. The first New Zealand rugby team to play overseas back in the late 19th century was the first to perform the Haka before their matches against the Australian teams to intimidate them. The Girls' Haka contains several of the present day's All Blacks' more aggressive Haka; Standing with knees bend while holding their arms bend over each other and their hands fisted, sticking out their tongue while yelling at the other team, slapping their elbows, thighs and chests, kneeling on one knee with a fist in the ground and their threatening facial expressions. See more »
Kate and the others tell Poppy that Freddie got caught with a girl in "the third grade". British schools refer to "years" not "grades". See more »
Yes... This isn't a deep and meaningful piece of classic cinema... It is a fun "just sit back and have a good grin" film.
I'm afraid that people who get on their high horse about films like this must have gone to the wrong cinema! I am male, in my 40's, have a degree and run my own company... I watched this together with my two daughters (14 and 16) and we all had great fun and a few really good laughs. So no... you don't have to be a 12 year old girl to find something fun in this film!
It is predictable, cheesy and the plot is VERY shallow and weak in most places... But you can't expect more from a film like this.
So if you want to watch this, just turn off your high-brow film critic existence, grab some popcorn and a fizzy drink and have a smile...
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