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Ice Princess A teenager is torn between her desire to please her mother and following her own ambitions in this family-friendly comedy drama. Casey Carlyle (Michelle Trachtenberg) is a high-school student who has a keen mind for math and looks to be on the fast track to Harvard, which is just the way her mother (Joan Cusack) wants it. However, Casey also has a dream of becoming a competitive ice skater, which is not a popular notion with either Casey's mom or her school's clique of aspiring skaters, led by the egocentric Gen (Hayden Panettiere). However, one day at the rink Casey wins the attention of Tina (Kim Cattrall), a former skating champion who now trains her daughter and is trying to live down an incident that grounded her career on the ice. Tina thinks Casey has what it takes to be a champ, but neither Gen nor Casey's mother are happy with this news, leaving Casey and Tina to go it alone, though Casey soon wins the emotional support of Teddy (Trevor Blumas), Gen's handsome older brother. Ice Princess also features champion skater Michelle Kwan in a small role as herself, doing television commentary at a skating event. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Another good family movie
Posted by: Gregster from: Austin, Texas on
The Actors and all was good and funny just a great movie
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Posted by: quayva from: on
This movie is about a girl stepping out of her comfort zone and finding something she's good at. It's uplifting and fun to watch as she grows in strength and confidence.
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Cute, but Inaccurate and a Bit Stretched.
Posted by: fiddler from: on
From books to looks--that's the basic lowdown of this movie. A stereotypically nerdy girl who, from what she knew, could recite the principles of physics more easily than she could apply lipgloss learns that her strength of smarts is not her passion, rather, a newfound glory, skating is what her heart yearns for.
It's about her convincing herself and her Get-into-Harvard-Single-Working-Needs-the-Cash-mother that she herself really does have her heart set to getting into the Ivy League and getting the best education, and accepting that it's okay to fall in love with something that may not require the best of education or award you the highest pay, or last a whole lifetime (physical strength fades as intellectual strength grows).
After rereading what I wrote, I make this move sound 10x better than it really is. The fundamental flaws of this movie is what makes it appear less than it could have been, but the heart at least makes this movie enough to suffice a dreamy little girl's craving for passion.
The Big Problem: The girl may have been excellent on computers and science, but any ice skater will tell you that this girls extremely quick jump into some of skating's most difficult moves is HIGHLY unrealistic. It just doesn't happen. It gives girls the false pretense that anyone can jump into it and excel, which just leads to disappointment. Now, in general, encouraging people to never fear trying something out is not bad... but I think they should have made everything a bit less stretched and it could have been just as warming.
Some may have an issue of the movie being less universal by having a bit extreme stereotypes behind the smart girl and the ice princesses. The smart girl being so absorbed in books that her social skills lag entirely and the ice princesses so spoiled and snobby and glamorous that not just anyone could be accepted. I think I agree with that to a certain extent. Perhaps, the movie was meant to show girls that anyone...no matter how lacking they are in a certain department, has an equal chance to become something glamorous.
Another inspiring girls to enter the glamor world movie/show, eh?
Despite all this, while watching the movie, I never thought "I want to watch this again and again!" It was okay, nothing spectacular. Warm and feel-good. I loved Michelle Trachtenburg when she was a kid in The Adventures of Pete and Pete and Harriet the Spy. This movie takes a more serious, teenage role and puts her back on TV screens.
All and all, I actually feel this movie can be skipped. It seemed that this movie really wanted the skating to be a big focus, and making it unrealistic didn't help. Watch 'Bend it Like Beckham' instead. This movie is a too good to be true, why can't something like that happen to me type movie. I mean, this beautiful girl is BOTH is a spectacle in science and in skating.
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IF YOUR A FIGURE SKATER BE DISAPPOINTED
Posted by: ShopGirl23 from: on
It does not really following "figure skating" like the athletes know it.
The story line is good i suppose
but not as intense as one would image.
but its a disney movie not much more to expect
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