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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Ross Thomas lights up the film with a brio and zest not often seen. He nails the transition from a boyish inline skater to a figure skater of maturity and spunk. While the theme is similar to the original "Cutting Edge" they are not truly comparable.

Both leads use their eyes to startling effect and I found some of the scenes mesmerizingly haunting. This is a movie that makes you fall in love with the lovers. I've watched it multiple times and I'm still finding nuances in it.

I highly recommend this film.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 13, 2006
I was extremely disappointed in this movie both as a skater and a fan of "The Cutting Edge." The first negative was believability; #1 took place at the Albertville Games, but here Kate and Doug are middle-aged parents of Olympic hopeful Jackie. They didn't even bother to cast the original actors (the extremely likable and photogenic Moira Kelly and DB Sweeney) and TRY to make them up to look older; we get Scott Thompson Baker, the wooden-faced soap opera actor, as the dad. Strike 2.

The producers didn't do their homework either. While it's true that many skaters do turn to pairs because of the increased emphasis on jumps, their presentation of having Jackie and Alex break new ground by doing side-by-side triples is absurd. Pair skaters have not only done triples in their programs for the last quarter century, they're a *necessity* for any world class pair team now. Some teams are even attempting throw quadruple jumps. Hollywood, do your homework if you're going to do a movie aimed at figure skating fans! Strike 3. And, like their parents, Jackie and Alex do a move invented for the camera: the overhead throw twist while Alex does a triple toe loop jump beneath. Pretty, but not possible.

One of the worst parts for me was having Alex continually sleep with his old girlfriend although he's supposed to be in love with Jackie. He comes off looking like a jerk instead of a real hero, and Jackie just smiles and takes him back. (Doesn't anybody in the movies worry about AIDS, STDs, or fidelity anymore) Big strike 4.

The movie has its moments, but it's nowhere near as fun as the original. Cutting Edge was so much fun we could suspend belief (hockey player becoming a world class skater so fast, the secret weapon move that's in reality impossible) but #2 doesn't deliver. If there's a III, get it right this time. Only two stars.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2006
As a quick response to offset all the bad reviews, I'd just like to say that I enjoyed it very much. I didn't think the actors were bad at all. Maybe it wasn't as good as the original, but what movie is? If it's lacking in some things, it's not enough to ruin the entire film as many people seem to think. Personally, I thought it was a cute and highly entertaining movie, and I'll stick with that opinion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2007
I saw a lot of negative feedback when I was looking to buy this movie. I'll be the first to admit, I don't watch figure skating. I rented this because I was in the mood for a "chick flick". To me, the skating was good, and the story off the ice was even better. There is a chemistry between the two main characters. This movie made me happy when things were going well and sad for them when they weren't. Any movie that makes you feel (well anything other than revolusion) is worth seeing atleast once, and despite the reviews, I will be adding this movie to my collection.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2006
This movie was OK as entertainment goes - I liked the idea of in-line skater goes ice - and the idea was a good one it could have been better. I feel they should have added more acrobatic type moves to incorporate the in-line skater talent a little more.

I was also dissapointed that they did'nt get the original people to play the parents.I feel that Moira Kelly and DB Sweeney would have been able to incorporate their own interpretations of their characters(I thought she had softened a bit) and made it more believable as a sequile. I also feel that there should have been more loving play and sparring between them as parents than there was, as well as support for their daughter. They were made out to be a stiff dull father and an over worrying mother. I don't feel that the original characters would have turned out like that, and I feel that although the daughter would be demanding, she wouldn't be stuck up.

I also didnt like the wishy-washy back and forth with Alex's ex girlfriend. It didn't take him long to go running back to her, even though they were supposedly a done deal. Once was enough.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2006
I liked the Cutting Edge so I thought I would watch this when it came up on the Family channel right after the original. The story is basically the same - two mismatched skaters pair up to try for Olympic pairs skating gold, fight a scrap and eventually fall in love, a sort of Taming of the Shrew on ice. Unfortunately, seeing one after the other allows the two to be compared and the sequel does not match the original. The first Cutting Edge had much better and snappier dialogue (Doug to Kate: "So what do you do for fun, polish your knife collection?", not to mention "Toepick!"), better acting and more interesting subsidiary characters. Both movies are pretty much by the numbers in terms of plot, but the acting and chemistry between Moira Kelly and DB Sweeney somehow made it more believable. Also, if the second movie is supposed to be a sequel to the first you would have thought they might have paid some attention to the first, i.e. watched it at least once. For example, in the original, the climactic scene is the finals of the Olympics, and Kate is wearing a black dress, whereas in the sequel they show a photo of them supposedly on the victory platform and she is wearing a red dress. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy! As a final comment, the original was a theatrical release back in 1992, the producers of the sequel had so little faith in it that it was direct to DVD, which just about sums it up.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2006
i loved the first cutting edge and i was glad to see that there was a 2nd one coming out i couldnt wait to watch it but i was disappointed too see that the originals didnt play the parents and i also did not like the shower scene and how she forgave him he seemed to defintly go back and forth between his feelings for his girlfriend then his feelings for her if he loved her so much he would of never went back with his girlfriend and then gotten engadged was very disappointed in it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2008
If you're a die hard fan of the original Cutting Edge movie (as I am), you can't help but compare them. This movie definitely doesn't throw even a shadow to the original one... The dialogue is a bit lame (downright unbelievable sometimes) and the acting isn't all that good. I've read that #3 is better... hopefully, but you don't need to work too hard to achieve that.. :( It's sad, because even though I had read all the negative reviews, I still gave it a shot... but I'm disappointed... I've watched the original movie about 50 times =) but I don't think I'll be watching this one again...
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
`The Cutting Edge - Going for the Gold' released in '06 is a classic case of going to the well once too often. Actually I find it hard to believe they even bothered to make this film. Whether you consider this as a remake of the '92 film of the same title starring D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly, or a sequel to an ongoing storyline it fails miserably on both counts. In the first case, who does a remake of a film that's only fourteen years old? Even worse, if this is supposed to be a part two than why is the plot almost exactly the same?

To quote from the movie, "To win you have to be willing to fail." That line turns out to be nothing short of prophetic. This one definitely is a flop. Watch the '92 version and just pretend this one doesn't exist.
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on May 18, 2014
I love these skating movies and have seen all 4 movies. Would anyone had guessed that this title would get 3 sequels!?!?! I sure didn't. I honestly didn't know there was any, but I just finished watching all 3 sequels today. Out of the 3 movie sequels, I felt this one is the best sequel!

Let me first start off by saying, I don't mind watching the same movie plot thrown at me. At least these movies were under the same name. Other movies will try to copy or steal other movies plot's, but these movies have the right to do so. That's why I watched all 3 sequels. I knew that they were going to just do the same thing as the original, but with different lead actors. I don't mind that. I watched this movie for the chemistry and see if the actors are believe able and the skating.

Now, the acting was great. I really believed the main actors were in love with each other and really had a hard time trying to find the right mix of love and work. Christy Carlson Romano really played a very believable Jackie Dorsey. She really made me believe she was hurt and had a hard time getting back into skating. Ross Thomas played Alex well. He looked and sounded like a strong athletic that could master figure skating by just working really hard at it. Together they made the movie come alive. Jackie's mom and dad played their roles well, especially the mom as the coach.

I felt this movie did the most to show much team work is needed to become great pair skaters out of all the sequels. It started at Regionals to Nationals and finally the Olympics. This is also the movie that showed the most skating. The rests of the sequel did not have nearly enough skating compared to this movie. This movie also did have a finisher move that wasn't talked about or builded up to end the movie. It just happened and it was so awesome to watch. Alex throws Jackie into the air and she does a spin, while Alex does a spain right below her at the same time. Jackie ends up landing into Alex's arms at the end to finish off the move. This was way better than the Pamchenko.

If you are going to watch any Cutting Edge sequels, this is the sequel you need to watch. You can forget the rest because nothing beats this one.
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