Wild Child (film)
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|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 film starring Emma Roberts, Georgia King, Alex Pettyfer and Natasha Richardson. Wild Child is Richardson's last on-screen film appearance.
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Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts), an affluent Californian teenager, executes a wild prank to ruin all of her father's girlfriend's belongings in front of her friends, telling everyone to throw away whatever they want and take it for themselves. When her father arrives on the scene, he announces that he is sending her to a boarding school in England. Arriving at the school, Abbey Mount, Poppy meets the headmistress Mrs. Kingsley (Natasha Richardson), who she initially finds annoying, head girl Harriet Bentley (Georgia King), a tall, bossy girl who has two "friends" named Jane and Charlotte that she treats like slaves, who follow her around, fag for her and agree with whatever she says, and her "big sister" Kate (Kimberley Nixon). Poppy's entire suitcase is left out in the rain, soaking everything. She meets the Matron and orders her to wash, dry and iron all her clothes. This lands her entire dormitory of four other girls with three Sunday's detention, leaving her with no friends and her dorm mates expressing their hate to her. She is miserable in her new life, feeling that she does not fit in as an outsider.
After a small fight with Harriet in gym class, Poppy is called to the Headmistress' Office, where she is given a punishment; read a book. Sitting on a bench outside sulking, Harriet spots her and orders her "maid", an intimidated Year 7 student, to drench Poppy with dirty coffee-filled water that was being used to age Harriet's Kiera Knightley costume for the school dance, but this ultimately results in Poppy and Kate starting to form a friendship. Revealing that the girls' mobile phones, confiscated earlier on, were always intended to be decoys, Kate lets Poppy use her actual phone to call her friend Ruby in the US. However, when Ruby sees Poppy's message, she is disgusted and it is revealed that Poppy's boyfriend, Roddy, has been cheating on Poppy with her.
After Poppy reveals that her mother died several years ago in a car accident, her roommates decide to help her get expelled so that she can return home. Together they carry out several pranks which gradually bring them closer together. When none of their plans work, they decide to seduce the headmistress's son, Freddie, who is strictly forbidden from fraternizing with any of the girls. She dances with Freddy at the school dance, much to Harriet's dismay, but Poppy trips and hits her head. This prompts Freddie to take the concussed girl outside for air, where he asks her out on a date.
The next day, Poppy discovers her talent for lacrosse and whips the school's team into shape, getting them into the finals. On the date, Poppy finds herself falling for Freddie. They kiss before returning to school. Entering her room, Poppy finds her roommates reading an email supposedly sent by herself, expressing that she thinks all of her new friends are losers. She then finds that Freddie has been sent a similar email and is thereafter ignored by all of her friends. With no one else to turn to, Poppy sneaks down to the cook's room and calls Ruby. Ruby, however, accidentally reveals how much she dislikes Poppy and the fact that she is seeing Poppy's boyfriend. Feeling even more alone, Poppy starts playing with her lighter and accidentally sets a curtain on fire. 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 immediately wakes the school. When they find that Drippy is missing, Poppy runs into the burning school to rescue her. After the fire is put out, Freddie finds her lighter and gives it back to her, refusing to listen to what happened. Just as she realizes that she no longer wants to leave, Poppy goes to the headmistress and confesses. Afterwards, she finds a portrait of her mother in the 1976 Abbey Mount lacrosse team and begins to cry upon realizing that her mother also attended the school.
While Poppy waits for the Honour Court to decide if she should be expelled, Freddie finds her crying and becomes convinced that the fire was an accident. During the hearing, Poppy tells her story. Meanwhile, her roommates find out that Poppy did not send the emails. Going to the Court, they stand up for Poppy and Harriet accidentally confesses to restarting the fire after Poppy had put it out; Poppy is absolved. Poppy's father comes to the game of the lacrosse finals, and is shocked by Poppy's dramatic change in appearance and how much she looks like her mother, also captain of the lacrosse team at Abbey Mount. Abbey Mount wins the lacrosse finals and Harriet is expelled. Some months later, Poppy and her friends (including Freddie) are shown relaxing in Malibu. Poppy ignores Ruby's phone calls, now fully aware that she was not the friend she thought she was. The film ends as they prepare to jump off the cliff that helped her towards finding herself and making proper friends.
- 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/boyfriend.
- 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.
The interiors of the boarding school were filmed at Cobham Hall in Kent. They also filmed in Haworth in West Yorkshire. The facade of the school was filmed at Balls Park.
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"
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