Wild Child
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Sixteen-year-old Poppy is a self-obsessed, incorrigible brat who lives a pampered life in her L.A. world. Although she's handed credit cards with unlimited balances and surrounded by countless hangers on, Poppy can't escape the mounting frustration she feels with her family situation. And she makes sure that everyone knows it. After an over-the-top prank pushes her father one step too far, Poppy is shipped off to an English boarding school. Finding herself in a foreign world of early curfews, stern matrons and mandatory lacrosse, the American princess has finally met her match: a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Competent if mechanical helming debut by editor Nick Moore."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Mildly entertaining and utterly innocuous..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The screenplay by Lucy Dahl (daughter of Roald) dwells unpleasantly on cruelty and humiliation, and finally Poppy does little more than exchange one form of snobbery for another."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
"Bright and silly, with just enough wit and intelligence to make it watchable, this British-American teen comedy doesn't break much new ground, but is pretty entertaining while it lasts."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"On balance, gouging one's eyeballs with a chopstick would be more fun than watching this crummy tween comedy about a Californian princess."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"This celebration of mid-Atlantic compromise is one for the youngest and most forgiving of teenage girls."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"A project broad-based enough to make tween competitor Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging feel arthouse."
‑ Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
"It's an unoriginal story but one with potential, and the actors who play Poppy's school chums are lively company."
‑ , The Australian
"Despite a shaky start, Wild Child is actually a surprisingly entertaining teen flick, thanks to likeable performances and a script that highlights the importance of friendship. Worth seeing."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The types are such extremes that the partisans in the audience will continue to hate American brats and English snobs respectively, rapprochement between two sets of caricatures seeming unlikely."
‑ Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
"A slight but tart teen comedy, Child carries some surprising bite, subverting the norm with a fine British cast helping to sell the pixy stick fantasy, buttressed by Roberts's refreshing angry streak."
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"What begins as tedious teen comedy/drama about a Californian brat turns out to be a surprisingly agreeable popcorn flick."
‑ , FILMINK (Australia)
"The film has an energy and honesty about it: it's lively, funny and smart and the characters are appealing"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"It may be manna for teen girls but any kind of critical eye will find it about as convincingly made as the last St Trinian's movie. It is played, though, with lively abandon."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"WILD? More like mild, unless you think short skirts and "horse face" put-downs are outrageous."
‑ , Sun Online
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