After a competitive figure skater loses his partner to injury, he searches for a new one... only to find more than he expected.
A sequel to the 1992 The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold
, The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream
is a romantic tale about believing in oneself, which emphasizes hard work, persistence, and the importance of listening to one's heart. Figure skaters Zack Conroy (Matt Lanter) and Celeste Mercier (Sarah Gadon) are headed for nationals, but when Celeste injures her ankle trying a new move, it looks like the pair is out of the competition unless Zack can find another partner. Problem is, Zack has a reputation for trying wild and crazy stunts that endanger the safety of his partner and virtually no one wants to skate with him. A chance meeting with hockey player Alexandra Delgado (Francia Raisa) sparks a heated argument followed by Zack's grudging respect for her talented skating. The unlikely duo pair up to skate, but Zack's coach (Stefano Colacitti) is skeptical of their commitment and refuses to coach them. Enter Zack's old friend Jackie Dorsey (Christy Romano), daughter of the famous hockey player Doug Dorsey from the first Cutting Edge
movie, pairs star from the second movie, and now instructor at the local skating school, to make Zack and Alexandra work harder than either has ever worked in his or her life. Tempers and romance flare and fade, and eventually Zack and Alexandra find themselves in Paris for the world championships where they must figure out the true nature of their relationship with one another as well as execute the ultimate in dangerous skating moves to have any chance of victory. While The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold
was a somewhat disappointing follow up to the first movie because the relationships seemed superficial, the characters were extreme to the point of being unbelievable, and the skating footage was fairly unconvincing, The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream
redeems itself somewhat with more believable characters and more realistic skating footage. It's not the best skating movie ever, but it is entertaining. Bonus features include three deleted scenes and an 11-minute making-of featurette with director Stuart Gillard; actors Matt Lanter, Francia Raisa, Sarah Gadon, and Christy (Carlson) Romano; and ice skating choreographer Jamie Isley. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references. --Tami Horiuchi