Movie Review: Wild Child (2008)

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Plot:Since Malibu brat Poppy Moore’s mom passed away, she has pushed her rich, usually absent dad Gerry shamelessly. When his patience wears out, she’s shipped off to her mother’s former English boarding school for girls, Abbey Mount. On her first day she makes enemies of most dorm mates, especially dominant lacrosse school captain Harriet, and of staff disciplinarian Mrs. Kingsley. Unwilling to accept the strict regime, she decides to misbehave and take the blame for everyone until she’s dismissed. The school only appealing feature for her is Kingsley’s dashing son Freddie. When the dream prince transfers his favor from ambitious, uptight Harriet to unruly Poppy, that changes everything

Rating: 7.5/10

Wild Child was released when I was a measly 18 years old, and it made such an impression on me. I can watch this film back to back and won’t complain – it is so much fun and has everything that makes it the perfect teen movie.

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Poppy Moore is the epitome of brash American at the start – that loud voice, the insufferable attitude and the knowledge that she will have the best no matter what. Still, the attitude is hilarious when thrown into a respectable English boarding school, where class is the rule and not silly outfits and bad boyfriends. Her struggles to fit in with her English classmates and how they are really too nice with her, the ridiculous and improbable teachers, the drop dead gorgeous Alex Pettyfer (why can’t he be in more movies like this?!), who plays the perfect teen heartthrob Freddie and all those hilarious girls makes for a really lighthearted and entertaining two hours.

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Team sport? Who wasn’t part of a team at some stage in their teenage life? I used to love that part of school – the events and team spirit. Poppy turning her Lacrosse team around while learning them that it is okay to be competitive and want to win provides a lot of laughs and that little war dance is SO high school!

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A movie with girls being friends and sticking together rather than backstabbing each other? Count me in! The English actresses were all very refreshing – Kimberly Nixon, Juno Temple, Sophie Wu, Linzey Cocker and the Georgia King as the ghastly Harriet were unique and seemed like real high school girls.Who didn’t love them extra much when they decided to help Poppy get out of school?

Freddy is the reason I love Alex Pettyfer so much. He is the perfect high school heartthrob boyfriend, who manages to be sweet, decent, in an enviable position and very handsome at the same time. I wish Alex Pettyfer could be the pretty boyfriend more often! Being so British suits him.

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The end is perfect – Harriet is caught out, the Lacrosse team wins their tournament, Poppy’s dad arrives to see her become what he knew was under her blonde exterior and Poppy reunites with all her friends. Who didn’t love this ending?

Wild Child is the perfect movie to love because it is so easy to watch. I thoroughly recommend a watch if you want something girly and fun!

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March to May: Watched, Read, Loved

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I was all over the place with this post , claiming that I would do some monthly rundowns. I was planning to, I really was, but as you know life is a busy little bastard and all you can do sometimes is hold on for dear life and hope not to fall off the wagon.

In Cinema:

I’ve been to cinema quite a lot the last couple of months. There were a few films I wanted to watch before the internet spoiled everything, and for the most part I walked out relatively pleased.

  1. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

The biggest problem with Batman vs. Superman? It lacked heart. Not all films should be lighthearted, but BvS had no comic relief and no passion – you need either of the two. I didn’t hate it though, but I do think that DC should have worked a little harder if they really plan to have a fighting chance in an environment so dominated by their biggest rivals.

  1. The Huntsman: Winter’s War 

I will definitely watch this again – it is easy, comfortable watching, not necessarily great but it was quite fun. It also contains my husband, and that can’t be ignored!

  1. The Jungle Book

Beautiful and charming, it impressed me with its gorgeous CGI and traditional storyline. Not my favorite Disney live action film, but it was good nonetheless. I am still the most excited for Beauty and the Beast next year. I CAN’T WAIT.

  1. Captain America: Civil War

Woohoo!! This was so great! It probably deserves a higher score from me, because on reflection I had a blast with it.

At Home:

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March: Love Actually – it was OKAY. Not really my favourite romantic comedy and I won’t be watching it again.

April: Home Alone – not gonna lie, I hated this. I am way too old for this shit

May: Warrior Sooo good, but not something I’d recommend as a pick me up.

Other films:

Begin Again (2013) – I really enjoyed it! It is surprising and not really as close to a romcom as it might sound, and I especially enjoyed the track.

The Fast and The Furious (2001) – This way Throw Back was the best and entertaining. I had the best time even though it is as ridiculous, gawdy, a murky story line and terrible acting. It’s all about investing in the future films, you see.

Wild Child (2008) – Wild Child is a favorite movie of 2008 for me. It has everything – the teenage drama, the love story, the gorgeous hero, friendship, everything! I had to force myself not watching it again right after!

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Series:

I’m rewatching The Vampire Diaries at the moment and having a complete and utter blast.  I stopped half way into Season two to focus on exams, but I am so onboard getting my ass to season 7 eventually! Can we just say #teamDamon all the way?!

Reading:

Last Chance Salloon (Marian Keyes) – hmmm, not my favorite Marian Keyes. It was good in some places but it took me ages to get through it – long, laborious reading.

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Me Before You (JoJo Moyes) – surprising and good, well thought out, not overly sloppy.

The Welcoming (Nora Roberts) – for the life of me I can’t write a review on this for some reason. It is very bland, definitely some of Nora’s most basic work. It isn’t bad or offensive, just pretty tame and nearly put me to sleep in some places.

I finally finished Big Magic after months of searching for it! I’d love to read it again, with a highlighter and a note pad.

Currently also reading:

Evening Class by Maeve Binchy. – this book is a real drag, to be honest. I don’t get why the author is compared to the likes of Marian Keyes – Binchy writes books that make me fall fast asleep. I thought perhaps this book was different from the other one I read by her, but it is shockingly the same – the exact same format and story if you take away all the frills.

Collaboration:

I reviewed over on T9M’s site The Help (2011) – such an awesome flick!

I also reviewed for Kim and Drew‘s 80’s blogathon – When Harry Met Sally – what a great film, definitely worthy of a classic status.

What have you been up to?

Movie Review: Magic Mike (2012)

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Plot: A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

Rating: 5/10

The five reasons I liked this:

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Without them, it would have been horrendous. There is no storyline, no character development, no chemistry, no imagination. That’s it. The female characters are one dimensional and Cody Horn has less facial expressions than Bella Swan. If you don’t expect too much, you will enjoy it. Just have a high threshold for embarrassment because trust me, it is HIGH.

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