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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.

Director:

Nick Moore

Writer:

Lucy Dahl
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

New Girl. New School. New Rules.

Genres:

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During Poppy's date with Freddy when she's driving the car, you can see a strip of blonde hair. But, earlier in the film Poppy and her friends are seen at a hair salon, and she has her hair dyed dark brown. Yet you never see it again at any other time. See more »

Quotes

Harriet: You're not. You awful bitch. You've turned this school upside down. You've ruined everything. You started it. I only finished what you started.
Mrs. Kingsley: Harriet? My office, now.
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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 »

Connections

References Pride & Prejudice (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Me Think About It
Written by Ida Corr, Burhan Genc, and Christian von Staffeldt
Produced by Fedde Le Grand
Performed by Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand
Courtesy of Ministry of Sound Recordings Ltd
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Light Hearted FUN
14 June 2009 | by rphillips-18See all my reviews

Come on folks, lighten up here.

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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Language:

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Release Date:

15 August 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,972,336
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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