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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes of perseverance, family, friendship, teamwork, and self-sacrifice. Messages include not judging by appearance, putting others first, and that kindness ultimately pays off.
Positive Role Models
Many characters are initially selfish, spiteful, and judge too quickly. But most grow to become more accepting, learn to support others. Two characters bet on success of the main character. Some troubling stereotypes, including a clichéd Russian character, gendered difference between girls on hockey and skating teams, and only non-White character performing magic blessings.
Violence & Scariness
Some ice hockey scenes are rough, with characters targeted, knocked down. Verbal bullying and pranks are played on a number of occasions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is a kiss on the cheek and a dinner date offered as a bribe.
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Negative words such as "dork," "geek," and "weenie" are used. A character is called a "Tonya" in reference to disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding.
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Products & Purchases
A skating outfit is purchased online, but there are few references to consumerism.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Go Figure is a tween comedy-drama about a 14-year-old girl who dreams of becoming the best figure skater in the world. She starts off very self-centered and arrogant, putting skating and her personal success above everyone around her. But she gradually comes to understand the importance of family and friendship. Bullying is rife among the skaters and a strong onus is placed on looks and presentation. There is some stereotyping: The figure skating girls are presented as attractive and elegant, while the girls on the hockey team are large and inelegant with "unconditioned hair." The central character, Katelin Kingsford (Jordan Hinson), thinks she "needs a Russian" in order to get the best training, and her Russian coach -- who refers to her as "Sputnik," -- is a walking stereotype with a strong accent and a cold and strict demeanor. Katelin is bullied verbally on a number of occasions, has tricks played on her, and is pushed over during hockey games. The overall message is one of perseverance and understanding that life is richer with other people in it. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Very typical of a Disney TV movie, this one has a strong message but a fairly predictable plot. As her mother says, "You're going to learn there's much more to life than figure skating," and Katelin does. The acting in Go Figure is a little hit and miss and the script lacking much originality or nuance, but younger viewers will enjoy the energy and sparkle Hinson attempts to bring to the table. Reminiscent of a young Reese Witherspoon, she channels Legally Blonde vibes with her girly pink outfits, cute hairstyles, and sparkly makeup. Like Witherspoon's Elle Woods, she is a fish out of water, initially overlooked by both the coaches and the other players on the hockey team, but she gradually proves herself indispensable.
The skating scenes are well filmed and the behind-the-scenes locker room environment is realistically competitive and cliquey. Some of the stereotypes and the lack of diversity in the cast make it feel dated and somewhat lacking in self-awareness, but what it misses in intricacy it makes up for with a great pop soundtrack and an uplifting finale. Parents and younger viewers looking for a simple movie with some fun moments and a teachable story will love this innocent tale that will thaw the iciest of hearts.
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