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Wild Child Review

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A rebellious Malibu princess is shipped off to a strict English boarding school by her father.

★★★★★

Nancy Drew’s Emma Roberts gets a Malibu makeover for this girlie comedy - but she doesn’t stay that way for long. Sent to an English boarding school by her father (Aidan Quinn), petulant princess Poppy must swap her jewelled iPhone for a lacrosse stick and learn some life lessons in the process. There’s mild fun along the way as her new pals try to help her get expelled - faintly risqué pranks include setting up the school bitch with pervy sex-line callers. But clumsy direction means most jokes fall flatter than the paper-thin plot, and actors such as Shirley Henderson are marginalised in favour of monotone sprogs. Tweens may forgive it, but even St. Trinian’s was better.

Clumsy direction means most jokes fall flatter than the paper-thin plot.