Ice Princess (2005)
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.
Starring: Michelle Trachtenberg, Amy Stewart, Joan Cusack, Kim Cattrall, Hayden Panettiere, Trevor Blumas, Kirsten Olson.