Ice Princess

Ice Princess

Like The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Ice Princess is a fairy tale for girls who dream about what they can be. Casey Carlyle (Michelle Trachtenberg of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is a physics geek who discovers a mathematical formula for those tricky figure-skating jumps that her fellow high schoolers are performing. It's all part of her plan to nab a juicy college scholarship, but a funny thing happens on the way to Harvard: Casey decides that in the name of research she should try the jumps herself, and she discovers that not only does she have talent, she likes figure skating. Will she throw away her Ivy League dreams in favor of those frilly dresses? Ice Princess isn't a movie that will change the world, and it treads lightly on the downsides of the sport (it costs a lot of money, rivalries are bitter, careers are short, and long hours mean less time to party!); there's also more than one unfortunate reference to how skating makes Casey look "hot." But just as Casey says: "What's wrong with wanting to feel strong and graceful and beautiful?", what's wrong with a movie that lets people explore their options and make decisions for themselves? The on-ice action is believable, and Trachtenberg is especially appealing in the lead role. With Kim Cattrall as the snarling coach, Joan Cusack as Casey's anxious mom, Trevor Blumas as the light romantic interest, Hayden Panettiere as the rival, and champion skaters Michelle Kwan and Brian Boitano as themselves.--David Horiuchi

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
 
IMDB:
6.0
Metacritic:
55
Rotten Tomatoes:
52%
G
Year:
2005
98
$24,381,334
Website
2,081 Views

Gen:
(tries to talk to Casey before class) Casey! (as she walks away) I'm in good shape! I can keep up with you!

Casey:
Go away!

Gen:
Casey, I didn't know!

Casey:
(storms off upset) Right!

Tina:
(catches Gen bunking off skating to go to school) Where have you been? You are aware you had practice half an hour ago!

Gen:
(turns around from her locker) Yes, I'm aware!

Tina:
And?

Gen:
And I'm done!

Tina:
Done?! (walks toward Gen)

Gen:
I'm quitting!

Tina:
You've got to be kidding. That's ridiculous!

Gen:
No; I was ridiculous for putting myself through this for so long! We both know I don't have the talent!

Tina:
Gen, perseverance is nine-tenths of mastering any sport.

Gen:
Do you know what I want? No, you don't know what I want! Because you never cared!

Tina:
(to onlooking crowd) If you have any sense of self-preservation, you'll scatter. (to Gen) I'm listening!

Gen:
I want to stop missing school! I like school! And you know what? It's stupid! And the band will probably be horrible, but you know what I want? I want to go to the homecoming dance! And I want to go with Brian! And I want to stop feeling like an idiot for flunking math because I don't have the time to learn it! And I want–!

Tina:
(shouts) All right! (says softly) All right. I can see that maybe we've overdone it!

Gen:
Overdone it? Just a little! Casey's skates, Mom?

Tina:
We'll continue this discussion at home!

Gen:
(slumps down the wall, crying. Then Casey offers her hand to help her up) You heard the whole thing?

Casey:
Yeah! Are you okay?

Gen:
(nods her head) It's your slot, Case! If I drop out you're right next! You're going to sectionals!

Casey:
No. Thanks, but tomorrow's my Harvard interview! That's my slot! That's what I should be doing.

Gen:
Are you sure about that?


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