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This review is from: Ice Princess [DVD] (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.