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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some gay-bashing language: "pansies," "lessie." Plus the old "limp wrists" reference.
Violence & Scariness
Some hockey-related violence, including smashing into walls and a near fistfight. Alexis throws things and breaks them. No one is injured. Beulah wrestles Alexis to the ground in the mitds of a fit. Marcus and Nick go hunting together. They carry guns but don't shoot them. Alexis has a tragic fall on the ice rink that leaves her mostly blind.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some making out shown amongst teens and sex is implied. Nick is seen in his underwear.
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Considerable swearing, including "hell," "goddamn," "scared s--tless," dammit," "ass," "bitch," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beulah drinks liquor from the bottle and later drinks beer. Marcus drinks beer, too, and Lexie drinks wine at a party even though she's 16.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 16-year-old Alexis is thrown into a world too fast and big for her. As a consequence, she makes some self-destructive decisions. She cheats on Nick with another skater, and drinks wine at a party. Alexis also feels gross and sexualized by her sponsors. A tragic accident disables Alexis. Teen characters make out and teen sex is implied, not shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With a plot that will engage romantics young and old, this Academy Award-nominated film is an excellent illustration of what happens to a girl when she becomes successful too soon. She's isolated from everyone, and her relationships suffer. The other girls gossip about her, sponsors treat her like a piece of meat, and her coach pressures her to be perfect. A girl could be excused for a drink of wine at a party -- or even a more destructive act. It's an intriguing, and more benign, cautionary tale than those being played out by the successful and self-destructive starlets of today.
For those raised on MTV, prepare yourself for some slow moments here. The pacing does a good job of conveying the sadness and sense of loss in the movie -- the theme song does, too -- but it's overdone; Director Donald Wrye and his actors seem to be from the slow-equals-dramatic school of acting.
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