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 on-screen film appearance.
In a wild prank with her friends, Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts), an affluent Californian teenager, ruins all her father's girlfriend's belongings. When her father angrily arrives, he tells her that he is sending her to boarding school in England. Arriving at the school, called Abbey Mount, Poppy meets the headmistress Mrs. Kingsley (Natasha Richardson), head girl Harriet Bentley (Georgia King), and her 'big sister' Kate (Kimberley Nixon). She is miserable in her new life as she does not fit in and has no friends.
After getting dirty water on her by Harriet's "maid", Poppy and Kate become semi-friends. Revealing that the girls' dinosaur cell phones were decoys meant to be confiscated, Kate lets Poppy use hers to call Ruby. When Ruby sees Poppy's message, she is disgusted and goes to sleep with Poppy's boyfriend, Roddy. After Poppy reveals that her mother died several years ago, her roommates decide to help her get expelled. Together they carry out several pranks which gradually brings them closer together. When none of their plans work, they decide to seduce the headmistress's son, Freddie, who is strictly forbidden to fraternize with any of the girls. After dancing with Freddie at the school dance, Poppy trips and hits her head which leads 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 Poppy returns to school. In her room, she finds her roommates reading an email supposedly sent by Poppy, stating that she thought all of her new friends were losers. She then finds that Freddie has been given a similar email and is thereafter ignored by her friends. With no one else to turn to, Poppy sneaks down to the cook's room and calls Ruby who accidentally reveals how much she dislikes Poppy and that she is seeing Poppy's boyfriend. Feeling even more alone, Poppy starts playing with her lighter and accidentally setting 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 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.
While Poppy waits for the Honour Court who will 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 while 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. The movie is left off at the lacrosse finals. Poppy's father comes to the game and is shocked by Poppy's dramatic change in appearance and how much she looks like her mother who was 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 in the process of 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.
- 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 boarding school in the film was filmed at Cobham Hall in Kent. They also filmed in Haworth in west Yorkshire. The outside 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 from 359 cinemas with an average of $6,118. In its fourth weekend, it dropped to twelfth place. As of November 2, 2008, Wild Child has made an unexpected $8,235,794. 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) and not so popular in others. As of January 4, 2008, the film had grossed $19,786,125 worldwide but was expected to reach $20 million 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 âhorse faceâ 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"
- Official website
- Wild Child at the Internet Movie Database
- Wild Child at Box Office Mojo
- Official trailer on YouTube
- Production information at sadibey.com