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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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