Oh the glories of a trilogy
Laura | Ohio | 03/20/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream is the third and final installment in the Cutting Edge series that started with everyone's favorite 90s film about an ice skater and ex-hockey player who banter their way to the Olympics. The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream added an extra twist to the story by making the female lead a hockey player and the male lead is the one in need of a partner. The concept was cute, but there wasn't a lot of follow through.
The original movie The Cutting Edge was rated PG, but at a time when PG meant that you could include more adult themes. The character depth in the film was believable as you saw these characters evolve. In this film, because of the changed standards on movie ratings were limited on what could be discussed. Now, the film is meant for the family which means quite a bit is simplified for a younger audience and overall less believable.
Overall, fans of the original film will be glad to see references made to the original. The Pamchenko Twist makes another appearance along with an almost identical ending. However, like all sequels, the original will always be the best. The references to the original made the movie cute and worth watching once, but not good enough to stand on its own.
If you're a die hard fan looking for a cute movie, give this one a chance. However, if you're actually going to look at this movie with a realistic or slightly critical eye, you're not going to care for it one iota. If you're not sure - just stick to the original. It's the best by far."
The Better Sequel
Jennifer McCoy | Clinton, IL United States | 03/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, I have to admit that I was a little skeptical of another sequel to a movie which I love and watch over and over as though I'm going to find something that I missed the first million times I've seen it. But to be honest, after watching Chasing the Dream right after the Cutting Edge marathon on ABC Family, I have to say that I liked this one a lot better than I did the second one, Going for the Gold.
If you've seen the second one, you might agree with me when I say that it is a lot like the first via plot and character wise. Jackie has a temper similar to her mother from the first, and Alex plays the happy-go-lucky kid who's got nothing to lose much like Doug in the original.
However, in this third one, there seems to me much more going on with the characters - there's more history to them compared to the second movie. Zack is a bit of a risk-taker, which lands to his partners getting hurt, but he learns from his mistakes (meaning that you can't always takes risks all the time) in part because he falls in love. (Remember though he does admit to Celeste his mistake after her accident.)
Alex had the dream as a child, but due to her family's situation was never able to follow through with it, and is now determined to go for it, with or without Zack at her side at times. As a reference to the original, she plays hockey with her older brother and his friends, and unknowningly shows Zack moves from her figure skating days. She does like him from the beginning, but is able to put her feelings aside when he gives her the cold shoulder on the advice of Celeste.
Then there's Jackie, brought back to coach them after Zack's coach leaves to coach his rivals. Let me tell you up front that I didn't like the idea of Jackie being divorced in the film (we think from Alex though it's never said). I have to agree with other fan reviews when I say that it's not doing much to promote marriage (I'm an old fashion traditionalist who feels marriage is forever, I can't help it - sorry), and if the reason for her divorce was simply because they couldn't get the actor back to revive his character, there were other ways around it - not divorce. But underneath the hardcore, champion skating persona from the second film, we do see Jackie producing feelings for her skaters, particularly when Zack nails Alex in the head with his blade (which by the way was interesting, but not quite believable. I'll let it slide though.)
Overall, it was pretty good, and filled with more humor than the second one (though the best section in the second movie was when Jackie and Alex were tied together). The characters evolved during the film when they began to understand what was more important in life. And to be honest, being female, Matt Lanter is much better looking than Ross Thomas from the second sequel. :) Much better than the second one for me, and looking forward to getting it on DVD."
Nicole L. Will | Prior Lake, MN United States | 03/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The telefilm centers on ice skating's most eligible bachelor Zack Conroy (Matt Lanter), who suddenly becomes available when an accident causes his partner and ex-girlfriend to break her leg. He defies convention when he replaces her on the ice with newcomer Alejandra "Alex" Delgado (Francia Raisa), a comely hockey player whose fierce sportsmanship translates into fierce moves on the ice.
Zack's coach and choreographer can't deal with this new twist, however, and quits. Time is running out for the International Championships in Paris, so Zack turns to the once-famous skater Jackie Dorsey (Christy Carlson Romano) who mysteriously left the business for an early retirement. She takes on the challenge of mentoring this impossible team because she too once took a non-skater and made him an ice skating champ in "The Cutting Edge 2."
As with all "Cutting Edge" movies, the unlikely partners find that while training, they begin having feelings of the romantic variety for each other. Somehow, they must reconcile their moves on the ice with their relationship outside of the rink."
Not very good
Alan A. Elsner | Washington DC | 09/17/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed the original "Cutting Edge" quite a bit and so had moderately high hopes for this one. I love a good date movie and am prepared to accept a certain formulaic quality from the genre. But I'm afraid this offering fails to meet the required standard.
It's the usual plot: star figure skater needs new partner after his established partner is injured. He plucks an unknown out of nowhere -- they train together, fall in love, have a romantic crisis and end up winning the gold.
To make this enjoyable, the lead characters need to have chemistry and the movie needs to make at least some minimal effort to avoid cliches.
Unfortunately, almost every line in this script is a cliche -- my wife saw several coming before they were uttered -- and the leads, while attractive don't exactly melt the screen with their passion.
Pretty harmless fare -- just not very good."