Walt Disney Pictures releases its second family-oriented film this month. Following on the heels of The Pacifier, director Tim Fywell presents Ice Princess, starring Michelle Trachtenberg in the title role. Whereas The Pacifier relied heavily on bathroom humor and slapstick comedy, Ice Princess is about as clean and graceful as can be. Girls of all ages will fall in love with the movie—and parents should enjoy the ride (or the glide) as well.
Casey Carlyle (Trachtenberg) is no ordinary girl. She's a straight-A high school student with her eyes on a Harvard physics scholarship. In order to impress the scholarship committee, though, Casey has to find a way to make her physics experiment personal. The committee wants to see Casey's personality; Casey's not sure she has much of one, but she does like to figure skate. And, as she begins to watch some local skaters at Harwood Skating Rink, Casey's scientific mind kicks into gear: "I bet there is an exact aerodynamic formula [for landing jumps on ice skates]."
At Harvard, Casey meets Tina Harwood (Sex and The City's Kim Cattrall), the mother and coach of junior level skater Gen Harwood (Racing Stripes' Hayden Panettiere) and the owner of the rink. Casey also meets Teddy (Trevor Blumas), Tina's son and manager of the rink. From nearly first glance, Casey and Teddy's romantic sparks nearly melt the ice under their feet. But both characters inadvertently play hard-to-get due to Casey's intense focus on her experiment.
As Casey's interest in skating grows, she takes a beginner skating class with Tina, towering over the 8 to 10-year-olds in the class along with her. Tina recognizes Casey's talent, but Tina wants the best for her own daughter—and isn't afraid to say or do so. ...1
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