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2.0 from this judge. Fails to medal
on 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.