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Wild Child/The House Bunny/Sydney White [DVD]
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Triple bill of teen comedies. In 'Wild Child' (2008) pampered LA princess Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts) is sent off to a strict English boarding school after pushing her indulgent father too far with an over-the-top prank. Poppy decides to do everything she can to get expelled from the school as quickly as possible - including snogging the son of the headmistress, Mrs Kingsley (Natasha Richardson). But would the rebellious Poppy really go so far as to burn down the entire school to get her way? 'The House Bunny' (2008) stars Anna Faris as Shelley, a blonde and bubbly Playboy bunny who is thrown out of the Playboy mansion and ends up becoming house mother in a college sorority that is home to seven socially-challenged and downright dysfunctional young women. It turns out that Shelley and the college girls, despite their differences, have a lot to teach other about life and love. The original playboy Hugh Hefner makes an appearance as himself. Finally, 'Sydney White' (2008) transposes the fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves into a modern US college setting. Amanda Bynes stars in the title role as a beautiful young student who pledges her allegiance to her late mother's once dignified sorority when she starts college on a scholarship. But she soon realises that sorority life is far from what it was in her mother's day, and decides to find a home outside the college. She ends up sharing a house with seven social outcasts - but soon discovers that every one of the 'seven dorks' has a special quality of his own...
Familiar in feel but lifted by its execution, Wild Child finds Emma Roberts--she of Nancy Drew fame--in the lead role as Poppy. Poppy is, as the title of the film hints, not the most well behaved of young ladies, and this leads her father (played by Aidan Quinn) to promptly send her across the water to boarding school in England. Thus, the stage is set for lots of culture clash comedy, and a genial little movie aimed at teenage girls. The strengths of Wild Child lie firmly in its cast, who happily make the most of the generally slight material. Roberts, who has to make the transformation from selfish brat to more rounded and generally pleasant human being, is on fine form, while Georgia King offers good support too. There are notable turns too from Alex Pettyfer (remember him from Stormbreaker?), Daisy Donovan and Natasha Richardson. Wild Child’s plot inevitably injects a romance angle, and treads heavily on clichés as it attempts to wring out what laughs and entertainment it can from the material. But for its target audience, you suspect it pretty much hits the bullseye. It might not be a film with much edge to it, but there is a solid hour and a half’s entertainment here. --Jon Foster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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DVD plays up to half hour and then doesn't work due to 4 scratches. Company did not get back to me as I had brought it 2 months before actually watching it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Miss JE Donaldson
Good teen film, should have been released state side. Young cast has a lot of talent.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer