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Genre: Romance / Director: Nick Moore / Actors: Emma Roberts, Nick Frost ... / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      17.02.2014 19:12

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      This truly is a laugh out loud, feel good comedy - perfect for a rainy day.

      This film stars Emma Roberts, the talented niece of Miss Julia Roberts herself, as Poppy, a bratty US school girl. She is a trouble maker and hates that her Dad has moved on so quickly and with girls young enough to be her sister, so soon after her Mum has passed away.
      Because of her wild behaviour, her Dad decides to send her to boarding school in Uk, hoping that she will life a less spoiled life. She is desperate to leave and hatches a plan with her room mates to get herself expelled. This involves amongst other things, dating the Headmistresses son, played by the insanely gorgeous Alex Pettyfer.
      Along the way she makes the best friends she could ever wish for, and dates the best guy she has ever met, but will this be enough to make her want to stay?
      This has a great cast, including the late Natasha Richardson as the stern yet fair Headmistress, who plays a fundamental role in helping Poppy discover who she is and who she wants to become.
      This truly is a laugh out loud, feel good comedy - perfect for a rainy day.

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      14.10.2013 20:25
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      A good chick flick

      Wild child

      Certificate: 12
      Running time: 98 minutes
      Price - Amazon -£4.01 - great price I would pay double that

      Starring
      Poppy Moore- Emma Roberts
      Freddie - Alex Pettyfer
      Mrs Kingsley- Natahsa Richardson

      When Poppy Moore over steps the mark her Father sends her off to Abbey Mount which is a boarding school for girls. Poppy gets a bit of a surprise as she turns up to the school and it's the complete opposite to the luxury life she had been living in California. Poppy doesn't make a great first impression, the head girl Harriet despises her and she gets her room mates and herself detention on the first night. Dreadful start to a new start. Poppy soon becomes friends with her room mates and they try and help her come up with a plan to get expelled and sent home back to her sunny life in Malibu. Poppy must snog Freddie. Freddie is the head teacher Mrs Kingsley's son and is strictly off limits to all. Harriet the head girl has a huge crush on Freddie so when she seems Poppy and Freddie getting close at the school dance she is green with envy. Poppy's ticket out of Abbey Mount suddenly starts to become the reason she wants to stay.


      This film is great, it's so upbeat and perfect for a lazy day in front on the tv, which is exactly how I spent my Sunday off work. I've always been a fan of Emma Roberts I think she's a brilliant actress and although a lot of her roles are very similar I think she acts them well. The soundtrack to the movie is also a great aspect it consists of songs from great artists such as Adele and Robbie Williams

      I would recommend this film for a girl night in

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      07.02.2013 16:30

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      One of my favourite films

      Wild Child is a fantastic film starring Emma Roberts as Poppy Moore as she is sent to boarding school in England.

      After giving away her dad's girlfriends belongings she has pushed her father too far and he sends her to Abbey Mount School in the UK. Coming from California this is a big shock to her system.

      When she arrives at boarding school she is greeted by her headmistress, Mrs Kingsely (Natasha Richardson), her enemy, Harriet and Kate who is assigned to be her 'big sister'.

      On arrival at school she continues to make trouble but soon discovers it is not tolerated.

      As she struggles to fit in at the school she lies to her roommates but she soon realises they are her friends and want to help her. The only way she can get out of the school is expulsion but will she go through with it?

      The headmistresses son is a love interest of Poppy but will she get her own way when he doesn't date students.

      The film is 98 minutes long and by Universal Pictures. I paid £10 for it when it was first released but it can be bought for a few pounds now, this is good because mine has been watched so many times it is getting scratched and I may need to buy a new one. This is well worth the money.

      Some bonus features are the making of wild child, head girl tour and school memories (I found this quite interesting).

      It is rated a twelve.

      My favorite part of the film is the end but I won't spoil it. This is a film I have watched over and over again and never get bored of.

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      23.04.2012 17:15
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      A pleasant teen comedy for girls.

      ~Plot~
      Poppy Moore is a spoilt American teenager who lives in sunny Malibu. Her mischievous behaviour goes one step too far prompting her father to send her to boarding school in England. Initially she is determined to get herself expelled but after realising this is the school her late mother attended, she changes her focus. The course of the film sees Poppy's character change from spoilt brat to down to earth teen as she realises there is more to life than being the it girl. Whilst in England she learns the value of true friendship and rethinks her ways.

      ~Cast and Charatcers~
      Poppy is played by Emma Roberts (niece of Julia) who brings plenty of attitude to the character. The other young actresses in this film are lesser known and form Poppy's new circle of friends in England. Young actor Alex Pettyfer plays the headmistresses son, who also happens to be Poppy's love interest. The headmistress herself is played by Natasha Richardson, and Shirley Henderson does a great turn as the matron.

      ~My Thoughts~
      This is what I would describe as a typical teen girls comedy that's in the same rank as the likes of Mean Girls and Clueless. It's a not too serious, light and airy film ideal for a sleepover. It mostly focuses on Poppy's character transformation but also features plenty of laughs and reminds me a little of St. Tinian's because of what the girls get up to.

      ~Soundtrack~
      The film soundtrack is thin on the ground with much less music in the film than in most. It is what you would expect considering the age group this film is aimed at; Rhianna, Adele, The Saturdays and Nelly Furtardo songs all feature. It's a mostly upbeat soundtrack which fits with the film.

      ~Other Stuff~
      Released in 2008
      Running Time: 98 minutes
      Age Certificate: 12A
      Available for £4.04 (Amazon 23/04/12)

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      03.10.2011 16:46
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      A wonderful girly feel good film!

      'Wild Child' is a 2008 film written by Lucy Dahl and directed by Nick Moore. Poppy (Emma Roberts) is a rebellious teenager who's wild antics, since her mothers death, has driven her father to the decision to ship her off to Abby Mount, a boarding school. From Malibu to London, Poppy's attitude is unwelcome with her new room mates and especially Harriet, the head of the lacrosse team. Although Poppy's main goal is to escape from Abby Mount, someone might be her only reason to stay...Headteacher, Mrs Kingsly's (Natasha Richardson) handsome son, Freddy.

      During the film we see Poppy transition from a demanding princess to a mature young lady resembling her mother, who was a former student at Abby Mount which Poppy discovers during her stay at the English boarding school.

      I own this feel good film on DVD and I have enjoyed each time I have watched it. This chick flick has everything you want, romance, comedy, fashion, enemies... it has it all.

      I would recomment this film to all girls out there who want a laid back girly movie to watch!

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        05.10.2010 22:37
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        A good movie but don't set your sights too high

        I've seen adverts for this movie a few times and always wanted to see it. So when I saw it in HMV, reduced to £3, I had to buy it! I only brought this last week so it is probably still in the sale.

        *The Movie*
        The movie follows Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts) a spoilt rich girl from LA. When Poppy throws a party at her house and throws all of her dad's new girlfriend posessions into the ocean, her dad snaps and sends her to a boarding school in England.

        Poppy soon causes a stir in the school, refusing to shake the hand of the head girl and treating the teachers like servants. However, the girls in her communial room offer to help her get herself expelled from the school so that she can go home.

        Their plan is for Poppy to kiss the head teacher's son, as this will definately annoy both the head teacher and the head girl and result in her being expelled.

        To her surpirse, Poppy finds that she is falling for this boy and building an amazing relationship with the girls in her room.

        After causing a lot of trouble in the school, Poppy decides that she wants to stay and tries to better herself and become a part of the school. However, the head girl has other plans and fakes emails from Poppy's account to a friend in LA describing how much she hates the school, her friends and the boy that she has fallen for.

        Poppy struggles to convince her friends that she did not send these emails but none of them believe her. As with all of these movies, everything turns out fine in the end.


        *What did I think?*
        The adverts for this movie made me think that we would see a bit more of Poppy's life back home before she is sent to England, I was very disappointed that there was only one scene of her throwing a party before she was sent to the school as I thought the LA scenes would be a bit more exciting.
        As with all American movies, the English accent is very annoying (does anyone in England actually have an accent like this?) and drove me crazy throughout the whole movie.
        I knew that this would be a basic chick flick, where the girl falls in love and makes lots of new friends. But I was hoping that they would put a twist on it. I was wrong.
        This movie was like 100s of others that I have seen, I did enjoy it but it wasn't anything different.

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        19.05.2010 19:34
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        Amazing 10/10

        Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts) is a spoilt, mad girl from America whose Dad has had just about enough of her. Her Dad's fuse went when she sold all of her Mum's old things.
        Poppy's Dad sends Poppy to a posh, English Boarding school. She doesn't get it she thinks everyone posh snobs who have a strange accent and so she doesn't communicate with anybody! Poppy throws strops and hates everybody.
        As Poppy get's used to the "English" way of life she gets to meet new people and makes friends, people also start to like Poppy.
        Poppy helps people customise their charity shop clothes, improves the lacrosse team, develops an English accent and emotionally finds out that her dead mother used to be the captain of the lacrosse team to!
        When Poppy's wants to take her back to America in the Summer Holidays she gets to find out how her bad, old life used to be!
        I think Wild Child is a great film it shows us the different ways of life and there are alot of Drama's on the way!
        I would recommend Wild Child to any fun loving girl who likes a comedy!

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        30.04.2010 23:45
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        Addictively Brilliant!

        Wild Child (DVD)

        In all honesty, I only discovered this film about 6 months ago. Sice I first seen it I have never been able to stop watching it! Its a chick flick and I think "St Trinians meets Mallory Towers", it's absolutey addictive and makes you giggle time and time again.

        "Wild Child" Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts) is shipped out from Malibu, America to Abbey Mount High boarding school in the UK for being too much to handle. Her Mother died and it was left to her Father to bring her up but all she seemed to do as run rings around hiim. The final straw for her Father was when his new girlfriend was moving in and Poppy invited all her friends to participate in a free-for-all with the items of the removal van!

        From the moment she arrives at the school you can tell that things are going to be very different. She is still this spoilt little rich girl who is used to getting her own way and having everything done for her. She does not fit in well at all!! She sees the only way to get back to LA is going to be getting herself expelled, easier said than done, what she doesn't know is that the school only expells in the most extreme of circumstances!
        The other girls in her dorm are backing her all the way with this idea because everything that she does wrong backfires because the whole dormitory is punished so the best way would be for them to help her and maybe it will happen sooner rather than later. During this process, Poppy actually finds that she is really enjoying herself there, and discovers a family secret that makes her more determined to stay, she has made some real friends, apart from the Head Girl Harriet but
        Harriet has an affection for Headmistress' son Freddy.........and so does Poppy so Harriet sees that the only way to get rid of Poppy once and for all is to frame her for something really really bad...................

        Really worth watching a brilliant film and superb acting. The storyline is amazing as not many Chick Flicks are set in the UK, least of all in this scenery, usually all glitz, glamour and spoiled little girls in the USA so bringing her to the UK and putting her in the quaint but picturesque school makes a refreshing change.

        No matter what your age it is guarenteed that you will enjoy this film!!

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          24.02.2010 03:26
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          wild child

          Wild child was one of the many films that i bought cheap not expecting much from it but actually really enjoyed.

          The film is about the character called poppy (which is played by julia roberts niece, Emma Roberts) Who is amercian and after becoming too much to handle for her father because of her rebelious ways she gets sent to a boarding school in england to straighten her out.

          As soon as she gets to the boarding school she decides to do anything that she can to get expelled and go home, she gets befiended by a group of girls from her room and they try to hatch up a plan to get her expelled.

          I love the fact that nick frost is in this he plays a camp hairdresser and i really enjoyed his chatacter. He doesn't have a large part but its enough to give you a few giggles. I also love the montage bit where they try to find outfits in the towns charity shop 'cancer research'

          One of my favourite bits in this movie is when Poppy first gets there and sees the food and doen't really touch it. She gets questioned by the members of her table (her room mates) about her eating habits and asked whether shes bulimic 'because we'd rather you didn't eat any birthday cake on peoples birthdays cause its just a waste' or something similar!

          One of the reasons that i like this film is because i love the person who plays drippy (juno temple) I think that she is beautiful and i love all the films that she has been in!

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            19.02.2010 00:44

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            good teen chick flick

            This film is a classic teenage chick flick, starring Emma Roberts (Julia Roberts' niece) and Natasha Richardson (although she only has a minor part). The film tells the story of a young girl named Poppy Moore who lives in America and begins to rebel after her mother dies. Her father decides he has had enough and chooses to send his daughter to boarding school in England. The moment Poppy arrives she is constantly trying to get expelled but something happens which makes her want to stay. I really enjoyed this film. Yes it is cheesy and predictable but it is a nice easy watched film and the eye candy in the form of the Freddy is definitely worth watching! Having said that although he is rather cute he really can't act. I would recommend this film to any young girls - it isn't rude like some of the teenage teen flicks that come out and it is very funny at times. Emma Roberts is definitely an actress to watch - she is likely to go far and shows that she is a good actress in this film with a great sense of humour.

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            05.12.2009 20:28
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            Perfect film for a girlie night in!

            Wild Child had been on my 'DVD : to buy' list for quite some time ; since it was released in fact , although being my usual self , still hadn't got round to buying it. However , the other week , I decided that I had 'run out' of DVDs to watch and fancied some new ones , but didn't want to pay full price for them. So I logged on to www.play.com and clicked on the 'DVD Sale' page , and was happy to discover that a lot of the DVDs , some quite recent , were on sale from as little as £2.99 ; Wild Child was one of them , and I instantly clicked the 'add to my basket' button.

            Wild Child is a teen comedy film released in 2008. The film was directed by Nick Moore and stars Emma Roberts (Julia Robert's niece), Alex Pettyfer and the late Natasha Richardson. Running time of the movie is ninety eight minutes (eight minutes over one hour and a half). The movie is a twelve which means it should not be watched by children under the age of twelve. Unfortunately this DVD is now not available at the sale price of £2.99 which I bought it for at play.com , although they are offering it at £5.00 , which I don't think is that bad of value considering the DVD was released only one year ago!

            Poppy Moore has it all ; she's rich , popular , has a gorgeous house by the sea in L.A, and has all the latest designer outfits! Although there is a problem ; Poppy is a spoilt brat who is slightly 'wild'. When Poppy throws a party , and sets out to humiliate her father's girlfriend , he decides he's had enough of Poppy antics , and sends her off to Boarding School in England. Not happy with her father's decision , and annoyed that she hasn't got her own way , Poppy decideds to rebel ; determined to get herself expelled. But what will happen when she meets the guy of her dreams ? Watch Wild Child to find out!

            First of all this movie is perfect for a girlie night in as it's such a girlie film which definately comes under the chick-flick genre! It's such a cute film which I think even some adults will like , not just teenagers.

            There are some great characters in the film ; my favourite being Poppy , although I did find her quite annoying to begin with , but as soon as the movie got going , I actually felt sorry for her because although she was trouble , she did come across as quite innocent. I thought the part where she realised she liked Freddie was so sweet!

            There are some extremely funny scenes in this film. One of the scenes which stands out for me is the scene where Poppy and her friend are lying under the matron's car , and make 'naughty sounds' as the hot boy in the film is talking to her! So funny!

            Although I really enjoyed the film , it definetely does not have an original plot. I have seen many films with similiar plots , however despite this , it was definately not enough to put me off the film. Wild Child actually reminded me of a nicer and more girlier and less darker version of St Trinians , so if you liked that film , then I am sure that you will like this one!

            I would definetly recommend this movie!
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            December 5th 2009
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            27.10.2009 17:50
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            Worth a Watch!

            Wild Child released in 2008 is a romantic comedy aimed at what i would say is a teenage audience. It is also aimed at families.

            Plot

            This film is based on 16 year old Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts), a teenager from Malibu who is spoilt and superficial. After learning her father's partner is moving into the family home, she decides to rebel against her father and lets her friends move/take her father's partners stuff. Her father has had enough and sends Poppy to a British Boarding School. Just like her mother attended.

            Poppy arrives at Abby Mount and mets the headmistress (Natasha Richardson) and the schools head girl Harriett.

            Poppy has no friends, and shortly after finding out she is unable to use her phone decides she wants to leave the school. The only way to do this though is to get expelled. Poppy teams up with the girls in her dorm and plans to leave by fraternising with Freddie (the Headmistress' Son) which isn't allowed and getting into and creating trouble.

            However, this hilarious journey also sees Poppy realise who her friends are and the fact that Freddie and her friends are the real reason she may want to stay.

            My Opinion

            The Film is a really positive movie and is a girly feel good film. This film has a strong storyline and is well written and has some really funny moments. The strong acting potrayed by Emma Roberts as Poppy shines through in this film. Even when she is spoilt at the beginning of the film, she still remains a popular character throughout the film and also remains likeable throughout. Her enemy in the film Harriett, is also a great character and portrays the nasty character well.

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              26.09.2009 15:34
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              A story of finding who you are

              Ok i admit, i only went to see this at the cinema because it had Alex Pettyfer in it!! But i loved it anyway!! Wild Child is a romatic comedy and just a perfect chick flick for us girlies when we need a good chilling out time with a bar of chocolate and some popcorn!! Made in 2008 and being 1hour 34minutes long, this film stars; Emma Roberts as Poppy Moore, Alex Pettyfer as Freddie Kingsley, Natasha Richardson as Mrs Kingsley, Shirley Henderson as Matron and Aidan Quinn as Gerry Moore.

              Wild Child sees Poppy Moore, a sixteen year old girl that lives in L.A, who is really rich and has so many designer clothes, shoes and bags! When throwing an over the top party Poppy sends her dad over the edge and he ends up sending Poppy to England to Abbey Mount all girls boarding school. Here, Poppy meets a group of girls and together they embark on a plan to get Poppy expelled but things don't exactly got to plan. Problems come in the form of head girl Harriet, who disliked Poppy from the moment she arrived, and now dislikes her even more now that the gorgeous Freddie is on the scene and has expressed a liking for Poppy! The plan that the girls come up with is quite simple; Poppy has to snog Freddie, the headmistress's son, which is forbidden. While on a date, however, Poppy and Freddie share a kiss. Now the ticket out of there for Poppy, may just be the reason she wants to stay...

              This film is full of laughs and great characters. This is a great chick flick and will keep you entertained! With many missunderstandings and a heartwarming story line this is a fab film! It also has a great soundtrack! I would recommend watching this film to any one that loves a good girly film!

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              14.09.2009 22:24
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              Typical chick flick

              An upbeat girly film that is easy to watch and quite funny, it is really aimed at a teenage female audience. It is comparable to other chick flicks such as mean girls and legally blonde.

              Following the death of her mother 16 year old Poppy Moore is sent away from her spoilt LA life to a dreary Abbey Mount, an English boarding school where she has to learn to play lacrosse, wear a school uniform and cope without her mobile phone and other creature comforts. After resisting the school rules she learns that there are more important things in life such as family and friends, however does she learn her lesson too late?

              It is terribly cliche and cheesy but is basically a feel good film with the obligatory love interest with the school heart-throb.

              My favourite part is the fancy dress ball and the American portrayal of English schools and fashion. I like how the only shop available is a charity shop because really rural english towns have little else than a wine shop and a second hand clothes shop......

              As with all good chick flicks set in an English boarding school there is romance, pranks that go wrong, snobby upper classes and the down to earth friends. There the usual ups and downs but all ends up happily ever after.

              Starring: Emma Roberts (Poppy), Lexi Ainsworth (Molly) and Natasha Richardson (Headmistress).

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                27.08.2009 00:10
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                Teen movie to watch if there's nothing else to do

                I was quite looking forward to seeing Wild Child after seeing the trailer, and hearing my sister who went to the cinema to see it telling me it was pretty good. So I watched the DVD at the first chance I got.
                The story starts with bratty American teenager Poppy Moore throwing a bit of a party (and a tantrum) about her dads new girlfriend moving in with the family, trashing all her stuff, and ultimately being sent to an English boarding school as punishment. As expected, she hates being there and tries her hardest to get expelled with the help of her new roommates. She soon finds reasons to stay, including her new friends, the headmistress's rather lovely looking son, and becoming captain of the lacrosse team. This all happens pretty early on, so why they tried to stretch the plot is a bit of a mystery, maybe the film wasn't long enough? Of course there are some trials and tribulations along the way, but they are in general pretty flat, and don't last long.
                There isn't much depth to the story; it's kind of funny, but nothing special. It's probably aimed more at an American audience, as the attempts at British humour, and pointing out English words as funny just doesn't come across well to me. It's an okay-ish girly teen movie, I assume that girls who're ten years younger than me would appreciate this more, but I got a bit fed up watching it half way through, and as I expected it to end it just kept carrying on. Not bad to watch once, but I probably wouldn't want to see it again.

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