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Sixteen-year-old Poppy (Emma Roberts) is an LA teen diva who does what she wants, whenever she wants. But after an over-the-top prank pushes her father one step too far, she finds herself shipped off to the one place where everything will change: a British boarding school. No cell phones, no designer clothes…no way. Desperate to break free, she sets in motion the ultimate escape plan involving the head mistress’ son – only to discover that this could be the reason she wants to stay. Co-starring Natasha Richardson, Aidan Quinn and Nick Frost, it’s the fun and fabulous comedy that’s LOL!

Poppy is spoiled. OK, Poppy, played with snottiness galore by Emma Roberts, is wicked-impossible spoiled. As Wild Child opens, Poppy is having a Malibu meltdown, in the form of tossing her dad's new girlfriend's clothing into the Pacific--just past the edge of the infinity pool."This is the last straw, Poppy!" shouts her beleaguered dad (Aidan Quinn). So off Poppy goes--to boarding school. In England. Where it rains 200 days a year. If Wild Child has few plot surprises--selfish kid learns respect for others with the persistence and pluck of new friends and firm authority figures--it's still a lark, because of Roberts' considerable winsomeness, and because the dreaded England ends up showing considerable charm of its own, which draws in both Poppy and the viewer. Wild Child also marks something bittersweet, the last film performance of Natasha Richardson (who died in March 2009). Richardson is winning as the strict but warmhearted headmistress, Mrs. Kingsley, making what could be a one-dimensional character complex. Richardson is totally self-possessed and grounded, and in some shots seems to channel another great British actress, Emma Thompson. The great Scottish character actress Shirley Henderson also makes a sly appearance as the matron with the dry-as-bone-china sense of humor.

"What is this place, Hogwarts?" sneers Poppy when she arrives at the remote 18th-century school. But what happens to Poppy is in some ways even more transformative than the goings-on at Harry Potter's school. Flirtation and love hover in the air, in the form of Mrs. Kingsley's hunky son, Freddie (Alex Pettyfer); and Poppy's flair for the dramatic and her undeniable leadership skills galvanize the student body, in some unexpected ways. Roberts is becoming a delightful actress with charisma and nuance. And as the Wild Child is tamed, a lovely young woman is revealed. --A.T. Hurley

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Making of Wild Child
  • Head Girl Tour
  • Lacrosse
  • Ghostville
  • School Memories
  • Feature Commentary with Director Nick Moore and Writer Lucy Dahl

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Emma Roberts, Natasha Richardson, Shirley Henderson, Alex Pettyfer, Nick Frost
    • Directors: Nick Moore
    • Writers: Lucy Dahl
    • Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Diana Phillips
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
    • Run Time: 99 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B002GIBVQ6
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Wild Child" on IMDb

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    23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Margaux Paschke VINE VOICE on August 12, 2010
    Format: DVD
    This film is full of cheesy goodness. If you are looking for a young chick flick with with a dash of romance, this one is a great choice.

    This movie has been done before... A LOT. What sets this film apart is the stellar cast. It is the last movie made by Natasha Richardson and casting Alex Pettyfer as the love interest doesn't hurt. The lead is played by Emma Roberts (the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and Julia Robert's niece), who obviously has taken some pointers from family members. She shines in this role as a snotty rich kid who transforms into the young woman she was meant to be. She got caught up in the fast lane of California living after her mother passed and when her dad has had enough, she gets carted off to her mom's old boarding school - in England! There is an obvious clash of cultures as she has to find her way in a foreign school with it's own caste system. Enter the mean girls and a handsome son of a headmistress and there's your plot. You know how it ends but getting there is pure fun!

    We all know what is going to happen but isn't that half the reason we watch this kind of movie? As a viewer, you are not looking at this dvd as an option and thinking -- I want to watch award winning cinema! You know you are getting a lighthearted teen romp. You'll discover a young woman finding herself, real friends and love as she searches for meaning in her life. The belief that anyone can be transformed is a powerful message even if it is told in silly ways. So sit back, grab a bowl of popcorn with extra butter and enjoy a fun movie.
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    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lyds on June 2, 2011
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    I had my doubts about this movie, but I knew I had to buy it after watching only 20 minutes. I found the portrayal of American California girls very interesting. I am from Indiana, and I admit, several things that Poppy (the main character) and her friends did line up with prejudices that I've developed through American media. So, seeing that was amusing, but made me wonder if Europeans thought all Americans acted that way (because we do not). I know not all Californians do, either.

    I could not stop laughing, and these were laughs, not chuckles. I LOVED seeing Poppy's hand sanitizer. I had bought my own bottle a few days before watching the movie.

    There was not a single character that I did not like. Though, Alex Pettyfer's hair could be improved. ;) I like his style in "I Am Number 4" better, but I digress. The actors were beyond amazing, and consequently, I loved the characters. I loved their hair, accents, clothes, facial expressions, everything. The movie was a true delight, and I'm planning to watch it with my Mom. ^_^

    ALSO: I am a Christian, and I personally loved the way the headmistress handled Poppy's case. Too many times in Church we encounter wild child Poppys, and we condemn them. We yell at them, order them to clean their act up, show disgust to them, etcetera. Then, we usually chase them out of the Church because they're just too wild. I think Christians should watch this movie because of the valuable lesson in it: Call out the good in people.

    Poppy acted the way she did because she was hurting inside. She missed her mother. Many times in real life, people commit negative, hurtful deeds because they are hurting inside. As Christians, we are called to do what Christ did, which was HEAL them and NEVER condemn them.
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    22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michela on October 24, 2009
    Format: DVD
    I saw this movie when I was in Britain last summer. Emma's character wasn't as wild as the title may suggest but there were a lot unexpected twists in this movie that made it more than your regular romcom. I highly recommend this movie and I will definitely buy this.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin Adler on August 16, 2010
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    I first rented this movie to see what it was all about and right after I watched it I knew that I had to own it. It is entertaining from the very first scene!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine Stephens on January 3, 2014
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    This movie is great for adolescents. It details how "Poppie" (Emma Roberts) is from Beverly Hills and is out of control. She gets her friends to intercept her father's girlfriend's possessions as the movers are moving the boxes into her father's home. Her father, a businessman, has had enough of her hijinks and decides to have her go to the same boarding school that her deceased mother attended in England. The only thing is, her father does not disclose that her mother went to this school. Natasha Richardson is the Headmistress of Abbey Mount Academy and neither Poppie nor the school (faculty and students) is ready for the "culture clash" that is to ensue. She discovers that her mother also played La Crosse and was captain of the team.

    This movie was received in the time specified and I would purchase from this seller again.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. O on January 9, 2014
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    I liked the premise although pretty predictable and formulaic: Rich spoiled girl put in a tough environment and gradually changes from spoiled brat to compassionate mature teen who gets to understand that life is all about meaningful friendships rather than money -- and that was my presumed summary BEFORE I even saw the movie. Sort of like "From Prada to Nada", one of my favorite movies

    Had never heard of the movie and it started out like the B movie I suspected -- superficial and poorly executed. Thus the surprise when over time it got better and better and in the end had some nice twists and turns that made it less predictable and formulaic.
    Solid 4 stars -- was even tempted to give it 5
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