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High School physics geek Casey Carlyle (Michelle Trachtenberg) is a science whiz whose love of ice skating leads here to develop a special "how to" computer program to apply to the sport in the hope of landing an illustrious scholarship to Harvard University. Combining her own natural skating ability with the new-found formula, Casey becomes good enough to compete at a national level, much to the chagrin of her over-bearing, academically minded mother (Joan Cusack) and local ice skating school owner Tina (Kim Cattrall) whose own daughter Gen (Hayden Panettiere) competes on the same circuit.

Review by Craig Miller:
A tween-targeted sports flick that trades in the football grunts for figure skating grace, Ice Princess takes the formulaic approach in storytelling but adds a believable, whimsical charm, and touches on some important social issues that make it something of a surprise compared with the standard genre fare.

The sentiment is all modern Disney, from its young girl chasing her dream storyline through to its positive routine plotting, but it's also got the warmth that the studio so typically brings. While this would be ultimately far more enjoyable (and much less predictable) if you were viewing as a pre-teen girl, there are moments that work well.

The competitive nature of the skating world is mirrored throughout by the battle the young heroine faces against her own mother's values and the perceived path of her life, and it's the little conflicts that arise between characters that give it depth. But that's all just reviewers' talk!

All the young cast are suitably pretty little things and Trachtenberg, as well as the majority of the cast, are able to find the truth in their characters which does gives the film a likeable centre.

Seriousness aside, Ice Princess may not offer to much too many people who have out grown slumber parties and braiding your best friend's hair, but it is sweet, it is spirited and it has got a ex-cast member from Buffy the Vampire Slayer in it! What more do tweenagers need?

Published January 19, 2006

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(US, 2005)

CAST: Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack, Kim Cattrall, Hayden Panetteire, Trevor Blumas, Connie Ray, Kirsten Olsen

DIRECTOR: Tim Fywell

SCRIPT: Hadley Davis

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

PRESENTATION: Widescreen 1.85:1, 16:9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast commentary, deleted scenes and music video.

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: December 22, 2005

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