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Wild Child (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  15 August 2008 (UK)
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A rebellious Malibu princess is shipped off to a strict English boarding school by her father.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruby Thomas ...
Eleanor Turner-Moss ...
Maisie Preston ...
'Wow' Girl


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 KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


New Girl. New School. New Rules.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some coarse and suggestive content, sex references and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 August 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Diva adolescente  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,177,472 (UK) (15 August 2008)


$19,780 (USA) (5 December 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actress Daisy Donovan, who also appeared in the film, contributed some additional dialogue to the screenplay, mainly consisting of contemporary phrases or sayings. She said one of the ways she did this was to go to the library and listen to teenagers talking to their friends whilst revising their A levels. 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 »


[Repeated line]
Harriet: Me thinks.
Charlotte: [Both] We think so, too.
Jane: [Both] We think so, too.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


References Shrek (2001) See more »


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Good Fun
18 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

OK, so this film isn't going to win any Oscars but it does deliver.

I saw this film this evening with friends (we're 18) and we had a good laugh and a good time watching it. Some of it#s content makes it quite a predictable teen movie but despite this the film is good fun and has some surprise moments.

For those expecting a tween film like What A Girl Wants this is not it! There's a lot of swearing, sexual reference and drinking which is more like the kind of things normal 16 year olds do. This film has more of an edge than your usual teen flick and will definitely appeal to a wider range of ages. So give it a chance, it might surprise you.

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