Wild Child

August 14th, 2008


Wild Child

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

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.8/10 (10,598 voted)

Director: Nick Moore

Stars: Emma Roberts, Aidan Quinn, Natasha Richardson

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 of staff disciplinarian 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.

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 - Jane
Eleanor Turner-Moss - Charlotte
Kimberley Nixon - Kate
Maisie Preston - 'Wow' Girl
Juno Temple - Drippy
Sophie Wu - Kiki
Linzey Cocker - Josie
Shirley Henderson - Matron

Taglines: New Girl. New School. New Rules.


Official Website: Universal Studios [United States] |

Release Date: 14 August 2008

Filming Locations: Balls Park, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £1,177,472 (UK) (17 August 2008) (359 Screens)

Gross: $21,972,336 (non-USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA:

Did You Know?

The song Real Wild Child is in both Wild Child with Emma Roberts and Pretty Woman with her Aunt Julia Roberts.

Continuity: When Molly is Making her pb and j sandwich, she has a blue top with a pony on it. But when we see her again in the upstairs landing she is wearing a blue shirt.

Poppy: I can't eat this.
Drippy: Is it anorexia or bulimia? If it's bulimia, I would appreciate it if you wouldn't eat someone's birthday cake on their birthday. It's such a waste."

User Review

Good Teen Fun

Rating: 6/10

While this film won't be winning any prizes for being particularly deep and probably won't make you rethink your outlook on life, it's still good fun. There's some promising new talent, good laughs and sweet lines in this delightfully cheesy romantic comedy.

It's about a stereotypical Malibu Princess who annoys her father one too many times, resulting in her being sent away to an English Boarding school (much to her horror - the rain, the rain!). The film pretty much centers around her trying to get expelled from the school, and therefore sent back to LA with her father and sister. The film is about her journey from spoilt brat to English Boarding school-girl.

If you're into Rom Coms and you're between 12 & 19 years of age I would definitely recommend this one for a good night in with the girls.

+ there's some magnificent Alex Pettyfer moments ;)

JUST WANT TO ADD - That there have been many complaints (mostly from British girls - of which I am) about the way British girls are portrayed in this film, but please rethink this and look at how Americans are treated! Our main character starts as a lying, self obsessed and vain brat and her best friend Ruby (American) proceeds to steal her boyfriend and backstab her! So you British girls who saw fit to complain - don't. This is only light-hearted fun, and Americans are treated far worse!


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