Ice Princess 2005

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(35) IMDb 6/10
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Brainy Casey Carlyle has never quite fit in. Caught between her fantasy of becoming a championship figure skater and her strong-willed mother, who has her on the fast track to Harvard, she can only hope to be like Nikki, Tiffany and Gen -- three elite skating prodigies who are ruthlessly competing on the U.S. National circuit (and have attitudes to match).

Starring:
Joan Cusack, Michelle Trachtenberg
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

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Ice Princess

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Genres Drama, Children & Family, Romance, Teen & Young Adult, Comedy
Director Tim Fywell
Starring Joan Cusack, Michelle Trachtenberg
Supporting actors Hayden Panettiere, Kim Cattrall
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman VINE VOICE on 25 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
It's funny how a physics geek has to get physical to get respect--hey, it's the US and athletics always win over academics. So then, here's the premise of ICE PRINCESS: a school misfit Casey Carlyle finds herself when she leaves the sidelines of the ice rink where she's observing ice skating for a science project. Casey transforms herself into a swan of a skater. I have to say, having studied hard and long in the sciences, including physics, it's annoying that academic discipline alone don't get you no respect. But that's life--nothing dramatic about burying your nose in a book and everything dramatic about the beautiful and difficult sport of skating.
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.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec 2005
Format: DVD
It's amazing that the wonderfully brutal sport of hockey and the graceful sport of ice skating take place on the same surface - it took a while, but I've actually come to appreciate the sport of figure skating (well, women's figure skating, anyway). Ice Princess, naturally enough, is all about figure skating - but it's really about so much more than that: pursuing a dream, doing what you love, having the courage to take chances and make big decisions, dealing with parental pressure at its best and worst, competing with honor, and basically just figuring out what you want and taking control of your own life - and, yes, it's also about Michelle Trachtenberg looking absolutely gorgeous. Disney always puts out good films; Ice Princess is fairly predictable, but there's nothing wrong with a predictable story that inspires you and makes you feel good - and the film actually isn't quite as predictable as I thought it would be.
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.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Clarke on 18 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
My 8-year old added this to my rental list and i fully expected it to be another mediocre kids' film, yet another re-hashed variation on the Cinderella theme but i couldn't have been more wrong. we both thoroughly enjoyed the movie, the story line although light (come on, it is a U!) was not full of the expected cliches and had some interesting twists. Good family movie (albeit a bit on the girly side!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dodster TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
Although the title may suggest a movie aimed at children, this is an enjoyable family movie.

The main character, although mildy unbelievable in places, is well written and,if watched with an open mind, this movie can be enjoyed for what it is. A touching story of pair a girls pursuing their dreams despite overbearing mothers.

The ice-skating scenes are exciting, and some of the falls look genuinely painful. This movie is recommended for anyone who enjoys watching figure skating, or movies with moments that almost make you cry, or movies where people find happiness.

Well worth watching.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 July 2005
Format: DVD
One of the great attributes about Ice Princess, an uplifting fantasy about a sweet-natured teenager (Michelle Trachtenberg) who braves unapproachable odds to become a regionally qualifying figure skater, is that adolescent girls are finally portrayed in a positive light. For the most part, there is no nastiness, spite, or mean spiritedness here, just affable, friendly, and like-minded girls who are intent to support their friends in achieving their dreams.
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.
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