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Wild Child (2008)

Emma Roberts , Natasha Richardson , Nick Moore  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GIBVQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wild Child" on IMDb

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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

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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!

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIGHTHEARTED TEEN FLICK THAT WORKS August 12, 2010
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Fun 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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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! October 24, 2009
By Michela
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not A Single Complaint :) June 2, 2011
By Lydia
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loves it! emma roborts love her! March 27, 2011
By kristen
Emma roborts is so good in this movie . I love her Character in it ! I love poppy ! cute name 2! FYI this movie was the best! I dont know why people are so picky these days! wouldnt` you would watch twilight but not wild child??? lol ps Im like so in love with twilight 2 lol not more then wild child though I like a gossip girl style movies to it! those are movies I love!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THIS MOVIE March 7, 2011
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Very entertaining movie. Kept my interest beginning to end. Great acting. Wonderful cast. Alex Pettyfer as Freddie is nice to look at also. Very handsome young man. And I loved the countryside sceneries in England. It's the kind of movie I could see more than once and not tire of it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not meant for under 13 November 17, 2013
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Lots of inappropriate language, not meant for kids under 13. Could have done without the language. Had a good message at the end, but really didn't need the language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No troubles. April 21, 2014
By Louise
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Bought this DVD along with a few others because I need something new to watch other than the same 4 DVDs I have previously, works well and ships quick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny pre-teen to teen movie
Very much a girl gone wild and spoiled turned to a truely good natured and heart teen. Great to watch with a group of girls. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Craftybayler
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Child
Cute funny movie to lose your brain in. Well written and acted and I would watch it again. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Joyce
3.0 out of 5 stars Emma Roberts needs to make more movies
It has a good story and it's funny. Emma is funny in this movie. Can't wait to see what other movies she does.
Published 1 month ago by Torrie Blevins
5.0 out of 5 stars Naughty
She needs spanking!!!

Yes, she is wild and stubborn...Disrespect her dad, so her Dad send her away to Europe for better training schools...her life has change.
Published 2 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars price is right
buy if you want it.:) it was an amaing movie and it is also a great price hells yeah. buy it
Published 2 months ago by Briianna
1.0 out of 5 stars No Way!
I saw this movie and I did not like this movie at all. Why watch this movie when I rather watch Lost and Delirious, Tart or All I Wanna Do? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Barton
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly great movie that gets better and better
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. O
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection.
Emma Roberts gives a performance that will rival and Academy Award winning actress. Pure perfection. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Drew Gaworski
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Child
This movie is great for adolescents. It details how "Poppie" (Emma Roberts) is from Beverly Hills and is out of control. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christine Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
This is a nice movie! The actors are cute and it has great settings, such as the entire school area.
Published 4 months ago by Megan Craft
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