Ice Princess

  • Review Date: July 17, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sweet, inspiring story tween girls will love.
  • Review Date: July 17, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

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What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Some tense scenes. A brief shot of a painful-looking wound.

Sexy stuff

Some kissing.

Language

None, although there are a few "shut ups," "that blew," and some talk about "looking hot."

Consumerism

Mention of Nike.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has some tense confrontations, some mild language ("that pretty much blew") and a few kisses. There is a brief shot of a painful-looking wound.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

This is a story of a girl with a dream, but it's also the story of two mothers with dreams for their daughters, both based on dreams of their own that didn't come true. Casey's mother (Joan Cusack) wants her daughter to become a brilliant scholar. She also wants Casey (Michelle Trachtenberg ), an aspiring scientist/skater, to dress in sensible (dowdy and middle-aged) clothes. She doesn't like the "twinkie little outfits" that figure skaters wear and admits that "no matter how old the rest of us get, we will still always hate the prom queen." Coach Tina (Kim Cattrall) was once a figure skating champion who made a mistake that cost her a chance at an Olympic gold medal. She wants her daughter Gen (Hayden Panettiere) to get the gold medal she could not have. And when Gen tells her that she wants more than skating in her life, she doesn't listen. Both mothers have to learn that their daughters are entitled to their own dreams. The daughters have to learn that, too.

Is it any good?

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When you hear the premise -- brainy but shy girl dreams of being champion figure skater, has anything-to-win coach, likes cute Zamboni driver -- you may think that there won't be any surprises. But there are, and they're all nice ones. The first surprise is the characters, who rise above the usual bland, interchangeable stick figures for movies of this kind. Michelle Trachtenberg brings a nice shy spirit to Casey, the, and she has able support from the always-engaging Joan Cusack as her mother and the nicely flinty Kim Cattrall as the coach. But the nicest surprise is that after a spate of "mean girl" movies, this one gives us a character who competes with Casey who is honest, loyal, and supportive.

The story had an assist from The Princess Diaries author Meg Cabot, which may be why it feels like it should be called "Ice Princess Diaries." But the formula is nicely played out, with sincerity and sweetness enough to inspire the young viewers to come up with some dreams of their own.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the most important advice that Casey gets from Gen. Why does Casey decide to trust Tina? How does Casey decide what is most important to her? What does she learn from her mother and what does she learn from Tina? They could also discuss the mothering styles of Joan and Tina. How are they alike, how are they different, and what do they have in common with your family?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 18, 2005
DVD release date:July 19, 2005
Cast:Joan Cusack, Kim Cattrall, Michelle Trachtenberg
Director:Tim Fywell
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Kid, 8 years old November 9, 2009
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7
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its great

This movie is great, I loved it! I think that girls 7-14 will think it is cool.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byRob79 March 22, 2009
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7
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Sends the WRONG message to our smart girls!

This movie is pretty innocuous on the surface, but the message is incredibly wrong for this era's young people. A very intelligent girl - highly gifted in math and science - is portrayed as making a good choice to pursue a VERY unrealistic dream of ice skating, mostly to flaunt what is percieved as her mother's dream that she go to Harvard. While some parents may be trying to fulfill their own dreams, most are just trying to get their children to make good and wise life choices about what the future really holds. This movie would otherwise be OK, but the message is all wrong for our smart young girls.
Parent of a 5, 7, and 9 year old Written byMom of 3 Girlz February 19, 2013
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11
QUALITY
 

Not quite for seven year olds

I think common sense missed the boat on this one. Girl lies to mom about going to a party, uses the mousy unpopular girl as her cover story. Not a 7 year old story line. Other girl lies to mom about what she does after school. Moms act irresponsibly. Ok, it's a movie. But I don't think 7 year olds quite get the fine lines and gray areas these characters cross. Also, the whole let's throw away our brilliant mind & hard work to chase our out-of-nowhere incredible skating talent is an uninspiring plot line.

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