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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 of staff disciplinarian 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
On the website of Abbey Mount school it says it admits boarders from the ages of 11-17. During the credits, the first thing that comes up is a workbook belonging to Poppy and you see that she is supposed to be in Lower Sixth. Since, if they have Lower Sixth they must have an Upper Sixth then Abbey Mount would admit girls from 11-18. See more »
[just had her help pour coffee water onto Poppy]
Oh, sorry, just can't trust the help these days! Do you have a pass to be out now?
Yeah, yeah I do, it's right here!
[flips Harriet off]
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The end credits begin with scrapbook cutouts of Poppy and her new life at Abbey Mount, later showing a clip of her and her new friends at Poppy's beach house in Malibu. See more »
This was a film which I hadn't really been expecting much of, as criticism found in several sources did pan this film, mainly for its spoilt teenage protagonist, Poppy Moore. This obnoxious Paris Hilton-clone is shipped off to a stereotypical female boarding school; a premise which could easily be horrible.
However, after actually seeing it, I was pleasantly surprise. Like recent British teen films, such as the contemporary St. Trinian's films, there is a lot of good natured fun to be found here and is no where near as atrocious as it could have been.
Lucy Dahl's script has such an effortless charm about it, which includes some reasonably witty pop culture references and a realism to the schoolgirl characters. Nick Moore's hyper-reality take on the script works quite well, with pink mis-en-scene and general brightness invading all cinematography and greatly emphasising the feel-good factor of the film.
The young supporting cast are lovable and strong; the English girls which Poppy makes friends with are wonderful (especially the ever entertaining Juno Temple as the comic member of the group Drippy), Georgia King gives a wonderfully over-the-top performance in the role of the antagonist, tyrannical prefect Harriet, and "Stormbreaker's" Alex Pettyfer makes for a likable, if not incredibly benign love interest. The American cast which come into play are also deliciously evil and, after being subjected to that stereotype of dim-witted, spoilt and generally unpleasant American brats in TV shows like "My Super Sweet Sixteen", it is fun to see that stereotype lampooned in this film.
There is also some strong adult support from the late Natasha Richardson, who takes this opportunity to bring that maternal warm and comic timing so evident in her performance in "The Parent Trap" to brighten the stereotypically prim Headmistress, as well as Daisy Donovan, Shirley Henderson and Jason Nelkin bringing some over-the-top humour as members of staff at the school.
As for Emma Roberts in the lead, she has a natural sweetness and fragility which helps dilute this otherwise very unlikeable lead and in the end, you do feel for Poppy as the story progresses into an almost- school drama involving several arguments and possible death.
However, the "almost" needs to be emphasised, for otherwise, it is a light, fuzzy and quite amusing comedy, which would be highly recommended for a bit of idle Sunday afternoon fun.
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