Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Nick Moore|
|Produced by||Tim Bevan
|Written by||Lucy Dahl|
|Music by||Michael Price|
|Editing by||Simon Cozens|
Working Title Films
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||August 15, 2008)|
|Running time||98 minutes|
In a wild prank with her friends, Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts), an affluent California teenager living in Malibu, ruins all her father's (Aidan Quinn) girlfriend's belongings. When her father angrily arrives, he tells her that he is sending her to a boarding school in England. She angrily answers back telling him it's just another threat, but this time he means it.
Arriving at the school, called Abbey Mount School, Poppy meets the headmistress, Mrs. Kingsley (Natasha Richardson), head girl, Harriet Bentley (Georgia King), and her 'big sister', Kate (Kimberley Nixon).Poppy is first looked at as a filthy rich american whore. She is miserable in her new life as she does not fit in and has no friends. After two weeks, Poppy sneaks out after lights-out and writes an email to Ruby (Shelby Young), her best friend in Malibu, complaining about her new school and classmates. She sees one of her roommates, Drippy (Juno Temple) walking through the hall, Poppy follows her to the school's freezer, where Drippy is indulging her ice cream craving.
Disgusted at Drippy's craving, Poppy walks back. As she is, however, there is a fire drill, and she sneaks out the window to avoid being caught in the halls without permission. She ends up in the bathroom of an unknown man, who she assumes is a teacher, and tells him her name and is directed on how to get out. During a fight that ensued with Harriet, she learns that the person was actually Freddie Kingsley (Alex Pettyfer), the headmistress's son, and Harriet becomes embarrassed and angry when Poppy exposes her crush on Freddie.
After getting dirty water on her by Harriet's "maid" a year 7 student, Poppy and Kate become friends. Revealing that the girls' old mobile phones were decoys meant to be confiscated, Kate lets Poppy use hers to call Ruby. When Ruby sees Poppy's message, she is disgusted at Poppy's appearance and it is revealed that Poppy's boyfriend, Roddy, has been cheating on her with Ruby. After Poppy reveals that her mother died several years ago in a car accident, 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 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 Poppy outside for air where he attempts to kiss her, but is caught by Harriet's followers. Before she leaves, however, he asks her out on a date. The next day, after being scolded by Mrs. Kingsley for her behavior and drinking the previous night, Poppy discovers her talent for lacrosse, whips the school's team into shape, and gets them into the finals (to the annoyance of Harriet, who was the former captain of the team). On the date, Poppy finds herself falling for Freddie. They kiss before Poppy returns to school.
In her room, Poppy finds her roommates reading an email supposedly sent by Poppy, stating that she was only pretending to be friends with them so they would help her get expelled. She then finds out 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 sets a curtain on fire. Hearing footsteps, she puts out the fire and runs off. When she has returned to her room and in bed she has a terrible feeling that the school actually is on fire. Horrified, she looks out her window and is shocked to see a real fire she then, feeling responsible, wakes up the entire school.
When they find that Drippy is missing, Poppy, realizing Drippy's ice-cream craving, runs into the burning school to rescue her in the freezer. After the fire is put out, Freddie finds her lighter and gives it back to her, refusing to listen to what happened and assuming that Poppy was the one who lit the building on fire. Feeling guilty, Poppy tells Mrs Kingsley and she gets sent to honor court. After she leaves Mrs Kinglsey office, Poppy discovers that her mum went to Abbey Mount and that she was the captain of the lacrosse team too. As she feels emotional, she takes the picture of the wall and goes alone to think.
While Poppy is sitting in the room, Freddie finds her crying and realizes how sorry Poppy is and how much pain she has been through. During the hearing, Poppy tells her story, and at the same time, 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 (telling them about the lighter) 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.
In an end-credits scene, we can see Poppy back in Malibu with the girls and with Freddie (now an official couple), presumably on summer vacation. The girls are in the pool, and Freddie is above the pool on a ledge. When Poppy's cell phone rings, he picks it up for her and hands it over. It is revealed, through a question by Freddie, who the caller is. The caller turns out to be Ruby, and Poppy clicks the "ignore" button, and says that Ruby is a "horrideous cow" that she used to know. In another end-credits scene, the girls are seen about to jump off the ledge and into the ocean. The film ends when Poppy and the girls are in mid-jump.
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 “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
- 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"