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Wild Child

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Too much teen drinking/bad behavior for Emma Roberts fans.

Movie PG-13 2007 99 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+

This is a comedy with a lot of cultural irony

Just read the review . This is not a movie that encourage consumerism, and it looks like girls about age 13 will be capable to see the obvious humour in it. Watch it with your kids and use it as an opening to discuss typical early teens challenges.

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age 13+

Great Movie About Redemption of the Layers of Being Human

A movie with depth and, although predictable, quality acting. Definitely better suited for 13+, but there are some lessons to be learned here about friendship and growing as a person.

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Kids say (60 ):

The ending of WILD CHILD is satisfying, but only because Emma Roberts is bright enough to allow a redemption for her rotten character to shine through. Here is a girl so spoiled that she can't think straight. Don't parents in Malibu have boundaries too? Ostensibly, she has been acting the spoiled brat because her mother has died and she is mourning. But what excuse do her spoiled friends have?

Luckily, there is a world outside of Malibu populated with adults and peers who are emotionally balanced and loyal to one another. Does it take such an extreme life change to knock sense into a girl like Poppy? Does Poppy deserve the kindness that her peers at Abbey Mount prep school shower her with? These real-life questions hang over the movie, detracting from what could amount to an effective moral tale. However, we viewers can suspend our disbelief only so long before we question whether the means justify the end.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 30, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: November 17, 2009
  • Cast: Aidan Quinn , Emma Roberts , Natasha Richardson
  • Director: Nick Moore
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 99 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some crude sexual content, language and drinking - all involving teens.
  • Last updated: August 4, 2023

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