Coming-of-age comedy starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack and Kim Cattrall. Though she longs to become a graceful champion figure skater, gawky Casey Carlyle (Michelle Trachtenberg) has always been just a brainy high school misfit, and with a strong-willed mother pushing her towards a top university, it seems as if she'll never get the chance to be like the elite skating prodigies she sees at the rink. But when Casey uses her head and follows her heart she'll find herself transformed beyond her wildest dreams.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English, Italian, Spanish
- Product dimensions : 13.5 x 1.5 x 19 cm; 95 Grams
- Item Model Number : BUA0004301
- Dubbed: : Italian, Spanish
- Subtitles: : Italian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Finnish, Greek, Icelandic, Norwegian
- Language : Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Disney
- ASIN : B0009ZCPD6
- Number of discs : 1
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I won;t spoil the joy of discovery for anyone who has not yet seen the film with spoilers.
The premise that transforms Casey from pond-skater to competitive ice skater is entirely daft, but perfectly amiable. She turns up at the rink to film the would-be champions as part of her physics project, analyzing jump trajectories and spins etc, but decides that for her project to be truly "personal" she must be more hands-on (or skates-on), so she enrolls in a beginners class. You can guess the rest, really.
What makes it particularly nice, and removes it from dreadful predictability, is that instead of putting down the upstart, all the other skaters from her school actually make her welcome, encouraging the new talent in their midst. A foil to all this goodness is Casey's coach, played with confidence and charm by Kim Cattrall. An ambivalent character, she is in two minds whether to help Casey or sabotage her.
There's also some very mild love interest, which is also charming, between Casey and the driver of the ice-cleaning machine.
For those who bought the film because of a love of ice-skating, there's plenty of opportunity to enjoy some well-choreographed figure skating sequences during the bits of the film when the girls are shown in competition. I spent most of my childhood on the ice and was always glued to ice skating championships on TV, and I thought that these were very well done.
A slightly dubious moral in the story is when Casey decides, in the middle of an apparently successful interview for Harvard University, to give up the possibility of a brilliant education to try to make it as a competitive ice skater. Her mother, at first horrified, eventually supports her. I don't have kids but that made my blood run fairly cold! I was already making arguments in my head for advising her re gap-years etc. But this is, of course, a fairy tale, not an argument for a life strategy!
Overall this is a generously feel-good movie with some really well put together ice skating sequences. It is full of gentle and often self-deprecating humour. In its own quiet way, there's never a dull moment. I was completely charmed by this well crafted film.