Wild Child (film)
Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Nick Moore|
|Produced by||Tim Bevan
|Written by||Lucy Dahl|
|Music by||Michael Price|
|Edited by||Simon Cozens|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|August 15, 2008|
Wild Child is a 2008 British-French-American teen romantic comedy-drama film starring Emma Roberts, Georgia King, Alex Pettyfer and Natasha Richardson. Wild Child is Richardson's last film appearance.
Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts) is a spoiled teenager living in Malibu with her father Jerry (Aidan Quinn) and her sister Molly (Lexi Ainsworth). After she ruins all her father's girlfriend's belongings on the day that the latter was due to move in, her father tells her that he is sending her to a boarding school in England.
Arriving at Abbey Mount, Poppy makes an instant enemy of the school's head girl, Harriet Bentley (Georgia King), when she refuses to acknowledge her authority. Harriet, who has manipulated her position and her family's connections to Abbey Mount to behave as an obnoxious bully towards any pupil she disapproves of, has an obsessive crush on Freddie (Alex Pettyfer), the headmistress' son. However, it is implied that the headmistress, Mrs. Kingsley (Natasha Richardson) is not fond of Harriet despite her efforts to ingratiate herself with the former.
Poppy does not get along with her roommates: Kate (Kimberley Nixon), Kiki (Sophie Wu), Josie (Linzey Cocker), and Drippy (Juno Temple). She refuses to abide by school rules and sneaks out of her room after lights out. Unfortunately, there is a fire drill before she can get back to her room and when she tries to hide, she comes across Freddie, although they cannot see each other. She tells him her name, thinking that he's a teacher, and he tells her the way out.
Later, Poppy displays her contempt for the lacrosse team and gets into a fight with its captain Harriet. Freddie sees them fighting and flirts with Poppy, who realises that it was his room that she entered on the night of the fire drill. This makes Harriet jealous and Poppy taunts her about her obvious crush on Freddie.
Poppy is called to see Mrs. Kingsley, who displays understanding and support instead of punishing her. Poppy tells Kate about her mother, who died in a car crash when Poppy was eleven. Kate agrees to help Poppy get expelled and enlists the support of their roommates. After a series of pranks, however, Mrs. Kingsley shows no sign of wanting to punish Poppy further angering Harriet. Drippy suggests that Poppy kiss Freddie at the social as it is sure to infuriate Mrs. Kingsley.
The girls go into town together, where they shop for outfits for the social and Poppy dyes her hair brown, emphasizing her resemblance to her mother. Although the social is generally themed, Drippy says that the only people who dress up are the teachers, idiots, and Harriet. Poppy upstages Harriet, who was dressed as Kiera Knightly from the film Pride and Prejudice to attract Freddie. Poppy dances with and nearly kisses Freddie. However, Harriet's lackeys and deputy prefects, Jane (Ruby Thomas) and Charlotte (Eleanor Turner-Moss), are the only people to witness and stop this, and they are too scared to tell Harriet fearing her anger. The next morning, Poppy takes Drippy's place in a lacrosse match because she realizes that Harriet doesn't want her to play. Poppy discovers her talent as a lacrosse player and replaces Harriet as team captain. She trains the Abbey Mount team and leads them to victory after victory.
Poppy goes on a date with Freddie and realizes that he is more than just a pawn to be used to obtain her expulsion from the school. However, before she leaves, she forgets to log out and her emails are rewritten, printed out and taped to Freddie's and her roommates' doors. The emails ridicule the girls and Freddie, suggesting that Poppy has just been using everyone all along. Freddie and her roommates are hurt by the lies and they all stop talking to her.
Feeling alone and upset, Poppy retreats to a quiet corner of the school kitchen and plays with her lighter. She accidentally sets fire to the kitchen curtains, but extinguishes the flames. At the sound of footsteps, Poppy leaves the room but forgets to take her lighter with her. Back in her room, she sees the building in flames and tells Kate that it was an accident, and they quickly wake the others and the rest of the school. However, they can't find Drippy. Poppy realizes that Drippy is probably in the freezer because of her love of ice-cream. She runs in to the building, disregarding her own safety, and rescues Drippy. Freddie finds Poppy's lighter after the fire has been put out and returns it to her, still upset.
Mrs. Kingsley informs the girls that the fire was no accident and asks the culprit to come forward by the end of the day or the matter would be turned over to the local police. Poppy confesses that she started the fire and asks Mrs. Kingsley to give Freddie a letter where she apologized and explained everything. She tells Kate that she is going to the honour court, and Kate assumes that Poppy is overjoyed.
Poppy discovers that her mother had once been a student at Abbey Mount and the captain of the lacrosse team. She and Freddie make up, and Kate tells her roommates that Poppy is going to the honour court. However, Drippy says that Poppy cannot have sent the e-mails because they were sent at 11:40, but Poppy left to go meet Freddie at a little after 11:00. Josie checked the system and discovered that Harriet was the only other student logged in at the time. Furthermore, Drippy confesses to having read Poppy's diary, where Poppy shows nothing but affection for her friends.
The honour court is called into session with a gleeful Harriet prosecuting Poppy and demanding her expulsion, to Mrs. Kingsley's disapproval. Poppy admits that at first, she tried hard to leave the school, but only now has she realized how much she wants to stay. She apologizes for her behaviour and says that her mother's death had left her with a hole in her heart, which had somehow slowly started to heal with her time at Abbey Mount. Harriet is contemptuous of Poppy's speech, and Mrs. Kingsley takes over the proceedings. When Mrs. Kingsley asks Poppy if she was alone when she started the fire, all the girls rise and say that they were with her: her roommates, the rest of the year, and even the girls who Harriet bully. Harriet is furious, and in her anger she inadvertently mentions the lighter, incriminating herself. At first, Harriet denies it, but questioning by Jane, Charlotte and Mrs. Kingsley unnerves her and she flies into a rage screeching that Poppy had ruined everything for her at Abbey Mount and she had only finished what Poppy started.
A now shattered Harriet is expelled from Abbey Mount in disgrace and is shown being humiliated by Jane and Charlotte as she leaves the school. The film ends with Poppy leading the lacrosse team to the finals. Poppy's father comes to visit and is taken aback by how much she looks like her mother. Abbey Mount wins the finals and Poppy hugs her father. The credits show Poppy, Kate, Josie, Kiki, Drippy and Freddie at Poppy's father's house in Malibu, where she declines a call from one of her old friends, calling her a "horridious cow" that she used to know. Later, despite their doubts, the girls make the jump to the cliff, which made Poppy arrived at Abbey Mount.
- Emma Roberts as Poppy Moore, a spoiled teenager living in Malibu.
- Kimberley Nixon as Kate, Poppy's roommate.
- Juno Temple as Drippy, Poppy's roommate.
- Linzey Cocker as Josie, Poppy's roommate.
- Sophie Wu as Kiki, Poppy's roommate.
- Natasha Richardson as Mrs. Kingsley, the headmistress of Abbey Mount.
- Alex Pettyfer as Freddie Kingsley, Mrs. Kingsley's son and Poppy's love interest.
- Georgia King as Harriet Bentley, the head girl of Abbey Mount.
- Ruby Thomas as Jane, Harriet's friend/lackey.
- Aidan Quinn as Gerry Moore, Poppy's father.
- Lexi Ainsworth as Molly Moore, Poppy's sister.
- Shelby Young as Ruby, Poppy's friend.
- Johnny Pacar as Roddy
- Eleanor Turner-Moss as Charlotte, Harriet's friend/lackey.
- Shirley Henderson as Matron.
- Kelsey Sanders as Skye
- Nick Frost as Mr. Christopher, the hairdresser.
- Daisy Donovan as Miss Rees-Withers, the sports mistress.
- Jason Watkins as Mr. Nellist, the French teacher.
Wild Child was released in the United Kingdom on August 15 taking fifth place at the box office with $2,196,366[clarification needed] from 359 cinemas with an average of $6,118[clarification needed]. In its fourth weekend, it dropped to twelfth place. As of November 2, 2008, Wild Child has made an unexpected $8,235,794[clarification needed]. In Australia, Wild Child was released September 18 taking fourth place with only 93 cinemas, making $315,114. The following week, it made a 60% increase with $566,918 but still slipped to 6th place. On October 16, Wild Child fell to 11th. As of November 14, 2008, Wild Child's release in Australia has yet again surprised officials with its success making US$3,268,424 (A$4,236,579. The film has been released in many other countries, proving popular in some: the Netherlands ($1,553,825[clarification needed]) and not so popular in others. As of January 4, 2008, the film had grossed $19,786,125[clarification needed] worldwide but was expected to reach $20 million[clarification needed] once released in bigger markets: France, Germany and Russia around December or January. Universal had planned a North American release in the summer of 2009, but canceled it and chose to release the movie directly to DVD.
Wild Child has a 42% "rotten" rating at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 21 reviews with the consensus that "More mild than wild. This tween comedy mess falls flat on its face due to poor characters, poor direction and poor jokes". The Sun Online gave the film 2/5 saying "WILD? More like mild, unless you think short skirts and “horse face” put-downs are outrageous." Though Urban Cinefile gave Wild Child a much more favourable review stating "The film has an energy and honesty about it: it's lively, funny and smart and the characters are appealing."
Wild Child was released on DVD in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2008. In Australia, it was released on January 15, 2009. In the United States, it was released directly to DVD on November 17, 2009.
The "Movie Soundtrack Party Album" is the soundtrack for the film of the same name. The soundtrack was available in the United Kingdom and Australia on August 18, 2008. In the United States, the soundtrack has not been released and it was expected for early 2009.
- Track listing
- "Shut Up and Drive" - Rihanna
- "Let Me Think About It" - Ida Corr feat. DJ Fedde le Grand
- "About You Now" - Sugababes
- "Say It Right" - Nelly Furtado
- "I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me" - Annie
- "If This Is Love" - The Saturdays
- "Heartbreaker" - will.i.am feat. Cheryl Cole
- "Sweet About Me" - Gabriella Cilmi
- "Can't Speak French" - Girls Aloud
- "Murder on the Dancefloor" - Sophie Ellis-Bextor
- "Ice Cream" - New Young Pony Club
- "Kiss with a Fist" - Florence and the Machine
- "Foundations" - Kate Nash
- "You Think I Don't Care" - Jack McManus
- "Come Around" - Timbaland ft. M.I.A.
- "Tambourine" - Eve
- "Real Wild Child" - Sarah Harding
- "Wild Child" - The Cat Eat Cat Dog Game
- Other songs
The following songs appeared in the movie and in trailers, although they were not included on the soundtrack for the film.
- Imran Hanif - "Set 'Em Up"
- Goose - "Black Gloves"
- Robbie Williams - "Angels"
- Children of Bodom - "Roadkill Morning"
- Britney Spears - "Toxic" (Instrumental only, used on trailer)
- Lindsay Lohan - "Playground"
- Everlife - "Real Wild Child"
- will.i.am - "I Got It from My Mama"
- Belinda Carlisle - "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
- Adele - "Chasing Pavements"
- Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand-"Let Me Think About It"