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Wild Child

Wild Child (2009)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 14

More mild than wild. This tween comedy mess falls flat on its face due to poor characters, poor direction and poor jokes.

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Critic Reviews: 2
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 1

More mild than wild. This tween comedy mess falls flat on its face due to poor characters, poor direction and poor jokes.

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The unhinged behavior of a Malibu princess (Emma Roberts) prompts her frustrated father to send her to an all-girls English boarding school in this teen comedy penned by Lucy Dahl (daughter of Roald Dahl and a boarding school alumni herself) and directed by Nick Moore. Poppy is a bratty, self-absorbed 16-year-old whose pampered L.A. childhood has left her with a notable sense of self entitlement. Showered with unlimited-balance credit cards and constantly flanked by a horde of hangers-on, the

PG-13,

Comedy

Kate Kondell, Daisy Donovan, Lucy Dahl

Nov 17, 2009

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (14) | DVD (2)

Competent if mechanical helming debut by editor Nick Moore.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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This celebration of mid-Atlantic compromise is one for the youngest and most forgiving of teenage girls.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A slight but tart teen comedy, Child carries some surprising bite, subverting the norm with a fine British cast helping to sell the pixy stick fantasy, buttressed by Roberts's refreshing angry streak.

December 7, 2009 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Mildly entertaining and utterly innocuous...

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A project broad-based enough to make tween competitor Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging feel arthouse.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

What begins as tedious teen comedy/drama about a Californian brat turns out to be a surprisingly agreeable popcorn flick.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The screenplay by Lucy Dahl (daughter of Roald) dwells unpleasantly on cruelty and humiliation, and finally Poppy does little more than exchange one form of snobbery for another.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

It's an unoriginal story but one with potential, and the actors who play Poppy's school chums are lively company.

September 19, 2008 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

The film has an energy and honesty about it: it's lively, funny and smart and the characters are appealing

September 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Bright and silly, with just enough wit and intelligence to make it watchable, this British-American teen comedy doesn't break much new ground, but is pretty entertaining while it lasts.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Despite a shaky start, Wild Child is actually a surprisingly entertaining teen flick, thanks to likeable performances and a script that highlights the importance of friendship. Worth seeing.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

It may be manna for teen girls but any kind of critical eye will find it about as convincingly made as the last St Trinian's movie. It is played, though, with lively abandon.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

On balance, gouging one's eyeballs with a chopstick would be more fun than watching this crummy tween comedy about a Californian princess.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

The types are such extremes that the partisans in the audience will continue to hate American brats and English snobs respectively, rapprochement between two sets of caricatures seeming unlikely.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

WILD? More like mild, unless you think short skirts and "horse face" put-downs are outrageous.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Shame on Iggy Pop for letting them (ab)use his anarchy-anthem 'Real Wild Child' in a girls'-own flick that is so paltry it makes the recent St Trinians addition look like Picnic At Hanging Rock.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Unless you're fourteen and female, look away now. There's absolutely nothing for you here.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A tweenie comedy with an uplifting American-style sports movie awkwardly bolted on, it's a mess - far inferior to the recent Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

All amiable enough, but still a bit tame compared to, say, Clueless, or Lindsay Lohan's Freaky Friday remake.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It's Mean Girls meets Malory Towers and as such it's strictly for a tween girl audience.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The sort of film that real too-cool-for-school teens wouldn't be seen dead watching, Wild Child is aimed at those younger than its protagonists. Loud and obnoxious, like its lead character, it deserves to be expelled.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Wild Child

Suprisingly good film considering the 'mild' teen films that we have around today. I'd agree with the name of the film, the main word being 'wild' as it's not afraid to mention things such as sex or alcohol. Comedic in some scenes and Emma Roberts and Alex Pettyfer have good chemistry. Although predictable, it's not awful and I'd consider this one of my guilty pleasures.
October 24, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

New Girl. New School. New Rules.

The movie clearly is a chick flick azn girls only but I enjoyed it anyways been a guy and all, it entertain me to say the least. The story was nice and has a nice message to it. I see Emma Roberts been a great actress someday she's so adorable and likable but for now she's doing some work of her age and not typically great movies but that's ok because you gotta start somewhere.

Sixteen-year-old Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts) has always got what she wanted and lives a pampered life in her L.A. world. Though she's handed credit cards with unlimited balances and surrounded by countless hangers on, Poppy can't escape the mounting frustration she feels with her family situation and she makes sure everyone knows it. After an over-the-top prank pushes her father (Aidan Quinn) one step too far, Poppy is shipped off to an England/English boarding school.

Finding herself in a foreign world of early curfews, stern matrons, and mandatory lacrosse, the United States|American princess has finally met her match: a school of British girls who won't tolerate her rebellious ways. Under the watchful eye of the school's headmistress (Natasha Richardson) and surrounded by a new circle of friends (Josie, Kate, KiKi & Drippy), Poppy begrudgingly realises her bad-girl behavior will only get her so far. But just because she must grow into a fine young lady doesn't mean this Wild Child won't be spending every waking hour shaking up a very proper system. Poppy Moore starts Abbey Mount as she means to go on-her way,or no way.

Realising her Dad's not coming back to get her, and having nowhere to fit in, room-mate Kate tells Poppy she'll have to get herself expelled. Later that night, Poppy reads a book (Alice In Wonderland - her punishment for fighting) with a lighter when her room-mates sneak up on her with torches, and offer their help. They give their ideas on how she can get expelled, and act on them as a group, and let her take the blame. This brings the girls closer, but Poppy still wants to leave. When none of the plans to get Poppy expelled are working the girls realise they will have to go all out and hit the headmistress closer to home by snogging her son Freddie, which is completely forbidden by the school. After some flirting, Freddie asks Poppy out on a date, during which they kiss. Before going out with Freddie, Poppy is so excited she doesn't log off the computer, and runs off. Harriet takes her revenge on Poppy by rewriting her emails to best friend Ruby, and sticks one on the girls' door, suggesting that Poppy is just using them and is faking the friendship. Harriet also rewrites an email about Freddie, stating Poppy's plan to kiss him only to get expelled and that she thinks he is a loser.

Coming back from her night out, Poppy is ready to confess she's actually happy, to find the girls upset. They read the email to her and leave. Upset, Poppy goes to see Freddie but he has found the email about him also and feels betrayed. Poppy, with no one else to turn to, sneaks down to the cook's room to use the phone and rings Ruby, who it turns out is sleeping. Even more alone, Poppy starts playing with her lighter, setting a curtain alight. Hearing footsteps, she quickly puts out the fire and runs off. A few minutes later, she looks out her window to see a fire, and wakes Kate and the rest of the school. After the fire is put out, Freddie looks at the damage and finds her lighter. He gives it back to her, refusing to listen to what happened. Poppy goes to the headmistress and confesses. Poppy also asks Mrs. Kingsley to give a letter to Freddie apologizing and confessing her feelings about everything.

While waiting for the Honour Court which will decide if she should be expelled, she finds a picture of her Mum and the lacrosse team. Poppy sits with the picture when Freddie finds her crying. After a heart to heart, they are friends again. At the Honour Court, Poppy tells her story while her room-mates find out Poppy was out with Freddie when the email was sent, and Harriet was the only one around. Going to the court,they get the whole school to confess they were present at the fire. Harriet then lets slip about Poppy's lighter being used to start the fire, which only Poppy and Freddie knew about, and accidentally confesses to restarting the fire after Poppy successfully put it out. Poppy is innocent. The movie is left off where Harriet is expelled, and Poppy will remain at Abbey Mount.
May 31, 2011
MANUGINO
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Another nice fun movie.
January 28, 2010
3niR
Dead Angel

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    1. Poppy: What is this place, Hogwarts?
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