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Wild Child (2008)

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


Nick Moore


Lucy Dahl
4,826 ( 348)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Roberts ... Poppy
Lexi Ainsworth ... Molly
Shelby Young ... Ruby
Johnny Pacar ... Roddy
Aidan Quinn ... Gerry Moore
Natasha Richardson ... Mrs. Kingsley
Georgia King ... Harriet
Ruby Thomas Ruby Thomas ... Jane
Eleanor Turner-Moss Eleanor Turner-Moss ... Charlotte
Kimberley Nixon ... Kate
Maisie Preston Maisie Preston ... 'Wow' Girl
Juno Temple ... Drippy
Sophie Wu ... Kiki
Linzey Cocker ... Josie
Shirley Henderson ... Matron


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's 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Alex Pettyfer and Emma Roberts started dating in real life, and Pettyfer even got Emma's name tattooed on his ring finger. The couple broke up a few months later. See more »


When Mrs Kingsley is leaning through the car window talking to Poppy she uses the finger of her left hand because her right hand is on the car when the camera is behind her but when the camera is in front of her she is using a finger on the right hand. See more »


Harriet: [Poppy has just walked into head girl, Harriet] There is a hierarchy in this school, teacher, prefects, scholars, dogs, vermin, Americans; Kate, see to it she falls in line!
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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 »


Chasing Pavements
Written by Adele (as Adele Adkins) and Eg White (as Francis White)
Performed by Adele
Courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd
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User Reviews

A great brain off comedy
17 April 2009 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a American teenage girl with severe conduct problems. Her father sends her to a British boarding school in order to have her cleaned up.

"Wild Child" is a light hearted teen comedy. The abundance of hair dressing scenes, shopping scenes and dancing scenes is an indication that "Wild Child" is a fluffy movie that goes very well with popcorn. Though Poppy's behaviour is unacceptable at times, the film makes a point in saying that a person who displays bad behaviour is not equivalent to a bad person. It gives hope and support to troubled people who are rejected and disliked due to their bad behaviour.

The plot is realistic and yet dramatic enough to keep viewers interested. The friendships that Poppy created are well portrayed and told. The ending is heartwarming and satisfying. "Wild Child" is a great brain off comedy, and I enjoyed watching it.

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Release Date:

15 August 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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