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How 2000s boarding school drama Wild Child became a hidden cult hit

The story of a misbehaving Malibu princess sent to an English boarding school was a box office bomb. But its release on Netflix this winter hints at a secret afterlife

By Rebecca Liu  

A vivacious American woman moves to Europe, where her breezy confidence and self-entitlement clashes with the haughtiness of her old-world counterparts. Her clothes, full of pastel-bright, sophisticated designer items that do not befit her youthfulness, brighten up the muted grey tones of her surroundings. She meets and falls in love with a hunky blond local, who finds her American forthrightness—unlike the humourless sceptics around her—simply captivating. 


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