The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream

Movie review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Skating romance is cute, if trite. Tamest of trio.
  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

There's some vague implication that main character Zack is gay -- and that there's something wrong with that. On the other hand, there's the gender flip -- with the girl as the hockey player -- and a strong message about the benefits of working hard and going for your dreams.


Two scenes in which skaters are injured on the ice. One woman slaps a man, and another flat-out decks someone. A hockey scene shows some checking.


Reference to sexual activity; a pair of woman's panties is held up to imply that a character had someone in bed with him. Other talk of sleeping together. But all that's shown is some kissing.


"Ass" is as bad as it gets.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In one of the opening scenes, there are two almost-empty wine glasses; in another scene, two characters hold beer bottles at a celebration party.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this movie is tamer than the two Cutting Edge titles that came before it, there's some kissing and talk about sexual activity. In one scene, a woman's panties are held up as evidence that a main character was sleeping with someone; another character confesses that she slept with Celeste's fiancé. Zack and his new partner, Alex, are told not to sleep together and don't. There's not much language or drinking, and kids who watch may take away a positive message about working hard for your dreams.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAcuraT July 11, 2018

Movie is at best for teens or older

Movie has sexual references insinuating sex in certain scenes of the film (main character holding up panties in an early scene for example). While it does dem... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 5, 2009
It is an awesome move.
Teen, 16 years old Written byBlondie_42069 April 9, 2008

It was the best out of all of the mvies

what i like about this movie was that it gave a rich guy who say talent in a good who own a resturant with her family and gave her a chance with what she really... Continue reading

What's the story?

Filled with tributes to the original The Cutting Edge, THE CUTTING EDGE 3: CHASING THE DREAM follows a similar plotline, adding a gender flip. When pairs figure skater Zack Conroy (Matt Lanter) loses his partner to an injury, he discovers hockey player Alejandra Delgado (Francia Raisa), who had to give up figure skating because her parents could no longer afford the lessons. With the help of coach Jackie Dorsey (Christy Carlson Romano) -- the daughter of the characters in the original film, whose own story was told in The Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Gold -- Zack and Alex work hard and try not to fall for each other.

Is it any good?

Sure, you know how everything is going to come out, but there's just enough tension to make it interesting. It probably won't change anyone's life, but it is a reasonably amusing way to spend an evening.

If you go in with the understanding that you're going to get hit with just about every cliche in the skating movie play book -- and knowing that credibility will be stretched almost to the point of tendons snapping -- The Cutting Edge 3 is actually kind of fun. The point of the movie is silly romance, and it's quite good at that. The characters are mostly engaging -- Raisa, in particular, puts a nice spin on the spunky-but-beautiful heroine.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this movie follows a "formula" for sports and/or romantic movies. What elements of the story have you seen before? What's new/fresh? What does this movie have in common with the two that came before it? Families can also discuss how the skating scenes were filmed. Do you think stunt doubles were used? How do you think the death-defying move at the end was shot so that it looked like all one move?

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