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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

Harriet is quoting from the end of Pride and Prejudice shows that this film was written by Americans as it's from an alternate ending to the film that was added for US audiences and wasn't in the UK version. See more »

Goofs

In the school dance scene, Harriet quotes the movie Pride & Prejudice (2005), saying "You may only call me Mrs Darcy when you are completely, perfectly, incandescently happy." This quote, however, is from a final additional scene of the film which was included only with the US release to satisfy the US audience with "extra schmaltz". As she is from the UK, Harriet wouldn't have seen this version of the film, and so wouldn't have known this quote. See more »

Quotes

Kate: Get up. Wait for Mrs. Kingsley and the prefects.
Poppy: Screw them!
[Kiki and Kate raise Poppy from her seat and make her stand up]
Poppy: That is physical abuse! I'm calling my lawyer!
Kate: With what?
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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

Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley
Performed by Belinda Carlisle
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd & MCA Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Operations 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:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild Child See more »

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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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