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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Parents should accept their children the way they are. Constant criticism damages a child's sense of self-worth. Parents should encourage kids to do what they love. Showing forgiveness is more important than winning.
Positive Role Models
Mattie, who is hardworking, focused, and forgiving, loses her temper when her mother's inability to make a living forces the family to move in with an aunt in a new city. Mattie supports a skating rival, encouraging her to compete when she loses her nerve. The rival had stolen Mattie's skates but brought them back in time for the competition. A mother constantly derides her skating daughter for weighing too much and makes the daughter promise to win an important competition. Her father appreciates their daughter just the way she is.
Violence & Scariness
A skater misses a jump and slams into a wall, sustaining an injury that keeps her off the ice for months. A skater's bruised feet are shown. Thugs threaten a teen whose father owes money.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An old beau helps Kelly find a job as a used car salesperson, then hopes she will date him in return. She lets him down gently. A woman wears extremely short skirts and displays some cleavage. A high school boy and girl hug as friends.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A doctor prepares to inject Botox into a woman's face. That woman later suggests that her figure skater daughter have some, too, to give her face a more relaxed and judge-pleasing look while competing. Adults drink wine. A doctor injects a girl's injured knee.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ice Girls is a feel-good movie about competitive girls' figure skating, focusing on good sportsmanship, perseverance in the face of injury, and encouraging versus demoralizing parenting styles. A single mom struggles to raise her two girls when her finances crumble. She's too proud to accept help until generous family and friends reach out with financial and moral support. "Crap" is mentioned. Adults drink wine. Thugs try to shake down a teenager whose dad owes them money. A skater misses a jump and slams into a wall, sustaining an injury that keeps her off the ice for months. A skater's bruised feet are shown. A doctor prepares to inject Botox into a woman's face. That woman later suggests that her figure skater daughter have some, too, to give her face a more relaxed and judge-pleasing look while competing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie seems to be a labor of love, successfully depicting the grit and behind-the-scenes determination young skaters must bring to the ice day after day, year after year. Director Damian Lee cowrote the script for Ice Girls with his wife, Lara Daans (Kelly), who was a competitive skater before she turned to acting. Scenes of Hunsley and du Toit executing spectacular moves on the ice are well photographed and the story, though sometimes formulaic, is told with professional precision. Young skating fans will find lots to enjoy.
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