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This is a well-acted film I like Michelle Trachtenberg, who plays Casey. Even better, my favorite, Joan Cusak, plays Casey's mother, and this was brilliant casting. She has the ability to transmit the sense of intellect, anxiety and love all at once. I don't see enough of Cusak in films, so I was pleased she had a supporting role in Ice Princess.
Kim Cattrall as the coach is intense--she has to portray someone who is almost living vicarious through her students while she, a failed Olympian hopeful, has to struggle with the conflicting emotions of jealously and pride. Loved her.
The sport of figure skating is competitive to a fault (remember Tanya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan?) This film gets that message across well. But the theme of growing up and finding onself by challenging oneself to grow and achieve is one that will suit the entire family and provide a lot of dinnertable discussion material.
This is a nice production, with a few extras (two music videos and audio commentary by the four actors, the obligatory deleted scenes, and surprisingly, an alternate opening.) This is a good selection for the family home DVD library--one that will probably get played over and over by the teens and pre-teens.
Michelle Trachtenberg plays Casey Carlyle, a science geek who loves skating out on the pond but is focused on winning a physics scholarship to Harvard. The story doesn't really work the high school misfit angle very hard, but it's not really the focus of the movie, anyway. Casey needs to come up with a personalized physics project to impress the Harvard recruiters, and so it is that she turns to ice skating with all of its angles, velocities, vectors, and mathematical implications as her ticket to achievement. It's not enough to watch and study the skaters training under the local coach Tina Harwood (Crow T.Read more ›
Which is probably why Ice Princess works so well. It's a fun, beautifully acted, and marvelously entertaining film that is all about following one's dream and making the most of opportunities when they arise. It's a great message movie; good for teenagers and adults alike which is probably why the film can be forgiven for somewhat misrepresenting the difficult and complex sport of figure skating.
Obviously artistic license had to be taken, but in reality, it takes at least ten years of hard work to reel off the triple jumps and arrive at the same advanced level that the lovely Casey Carlyle (Trachtenberg) reaches in this film. Take it from me; I know what it takes, as I live with a figure skating coach who is a twenty-five year veteran of the business, and it just isn't that easy! The talented Casey, complete with her rigorous sports science analysis, her obvious innate talent, and her undeniable passion, seems to accomplish her goals all in a single season!
Casey's Mother Joan (Joan Cusak) is determined to keep Casey on the Ivy League track, so Casey is forced to find an original science project that will impress Harvard College.Read more ›