DVD Review: 'The Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice'

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Rated ON For Ages 14 and Up

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the developing relationship between Alex and James in this TV movie makes for plenty of innuendo and some sexual content. One scene shows the young couple engaged in a game of strip poker, which (predictably) ends with both of them in their underwear, and a passionate make-out scene fades away as he lays her down on a table and gets on top of her. Language is another concern; in addition to "damn," "hell," and "ass," there are also instances of name-calling like "hoochie" and "skank." The story does attempt to promote feel-good messages about dependability, teamwork, and going against the grain, but most of it is overshadowed by the romantic story.

The good stuff

  • Messages: The movie includes messages about being true to yourself, being dependable to others, and resisting pressure from others.
  • Role models: James must choose between a lucrative sports career and fulfilling his commitment to Alex, and in the end, he does the right thing. Alex learns it's best to not judge a book by its cover when James surprises her with his work ethic and dependability.

What to watch out for

  • Violence: James punches a teammate in the face, which gets him tossed off the national speed-skating team.
  • Sex: The relationship between Alex and James is fraught with sexual tension until the two admit their feelings for each other. A strip poker game ends with both of them in their underwear, and Alex often walks around in their shared apartment in revealing clothing. A few kisses culminate in what's implied to be a sexual encounter in a locker room.
  • Language: Numerous instances of "damn," "hell," and "ass," as well as name-calling like "skank," "hoochie," "whore," and "tool."
  • Consumerism: Not an issue.
  • Drinking, drugs, & smoking: A couple of scenes show adults drinking in bars.

What's the Story?

Figure skating star Alex Delgado's (Francia Raisa) career came to an abrupt halt when her partner (and boyfriend) left the sport and their relationship ended. With few options, she turned to teaching skating, but her passion for competing never faded. When an unexpected offer arises to team up with an unlikely partner -- James McKinsey (Brendan Fehr), the egotistical "bad boy" of speed skating, whose off-rink antics got him booted from the national team -- Alex agrees, tempted by the thought of another world title. But the more Alex and James get to know each other, the more their personalities clash, putting the success of this partnership in serious doubt.

Is It Any Good?

In case you're keeping count, this is the third sequel attempting to cash in on the popularity of the 1992 original, "The Cutting Edge." Like the two before it, "Fire and Ice" falls slightly short of the magic fans of the first installment might hope for, but it does have some positive points of its own. Raisa and Fehr make a believable pair onscreen, even if their characters' impossible overnight success story is far from believable itself. James's inner struggle between his lucrative speed-skating career and his newfound affection for figure skating (and allegiance to Alex) boasts messages about self-acceptance and dependability.

While most of the content is fine for teens, the developing relationship offers plenty of room for sexual content (innuendo and implied sex, for instance), so parents might want to be cautious in giving impressionable teens the go-ahead. Language is also a concern, with words like "damn" and "ass" common fare, as well as derogatory terms like "hoochie" and "skank."

This review of "The Cutting Edge: Fire and Ice" was written by Emily Ashby.

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