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Wild Child (2008)

A rebellious Malibu princess is shipped off to a strict English boarding school by her father.

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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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Buntovnica u internatu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,177,472 (United Kingdom), 17 August 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$831, 5 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,780, 5 December 2008
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

Poppy: When the headgirl has earned my respect, then I will shake her hand, biatch!
Harriet: I'm sorry?
Poppy: Apology accepted.
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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

Tambourine
Written by Charles Brown, Swizz Beatz (as Kasseem Dean), Sean Garrett, Eve (as Eve Jeffers), Carl Kidd
Performed by Eve
Courtesy of Aftermath Records & Geffen Records
Under lisence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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A Nutshell Review: Wild Child
12 December 2008 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

I guess Emma Roberts' more memorable role was taking on the iconic Nancy Drew character, but now she exchanges those sleuthing skills and good manners for spoilt brat antics. Swinging from one end of the spectrum of an ideal kid to a spoilt and bratty one, her Poppy Moore character in Wild Child is a rich kid who has issues with discipline because she thinks she could get her way with her devil may care attitude and wads of cash. With her relationship with her father going to the doldrums, she gets shipped off to an English boarding school in an effort to be schooled in the prim and proper, and thus sets up plenty of room for your typical fish out of water story.

Naturally as the loner who stands out because of her rather uncouth behaviour and fashion sense, this was somewhat a throw back to The House Bunny, where the protagonist is clearly out of place, and remains to be seen if it is herself who would be assimilated into the norm, or if she could be the trend-setter and begin a serious case of behavioural osmosis.

For starters, this is clearly chick flick territory, with all characters being girls (it's set in an all girls boarding school) and the only male supporting characters happened to be her dad (Aidan Quinn), the school principal's son Freddie (Alex Pettyfer) for romantic purposes, and Nick Frost who cameos as a small town hairstylist. So you can imagine the amount of bitching that would go around in the film, where Poppy offends the head student on her first day on multiple fronts, thereby starting off some serious personal vendetta issues. Or how Poppy is initially unwelcome by everyone in her dormitory because her stubbornness got them all detention, before they decide to assist her in a win-win situation - getting her expelled so that she could return home.

Wild Child is surprisingly entertaining with a good story to tell, even though it's the usual about having friends for life versus the superficial ones that one tend to meet from time to time. I guess for parents this could be one of those child-safe movies to bring their kids to, and hopefully to have some of its positive messages rub off on their kids. Written by Lucy Dahl, daughter of the renowned Roald Dahl, that credit alone provided some interest in this movie, despite the story and plot development being nothing unusual and being very predictable.

But I guess predictability could still work if the ensemble cast delivered their roles convincingly, which they do, and with any movie that deals with friendship and one targetted at children, this is as plain sailing a movie as it can get - nobody dies, everyone becomes friends, tense situations get diffused amicably, and there's plenty of BFF-love to go around.


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