The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream

 
Skating romance is cute, if trite. Tamest of trio.
  • Review Date: March 30, 2008
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

What parents need to know

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

"Ass" is as bad as it gets.

Consumerism
Not applicable
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.

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.

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 13, 2008
DVD release date:March 31, 2008
Cast:Francia Raisa, Matt Lanter
Director:Stuart Gillard
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Drama
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some sexual references.

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Kid, 12 years old April 5, 2009
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It is an awesome move.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
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Teen, 16 years old Written byBlondie_42069 April 9, 2008
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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 wanted since she was little. Thats what i liked about this movie the most

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