A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the developing relationship between Alex and James in this TV movie makes for plenty of innuendo and some sexual content. One scene shows the young couple engaged in a game of strip poker, which (predictably) ends with both of them in their underwear, and a passionate make-out scene fades away as he lays her down on a table and gets on top of her. Language is another concern; in addition to “damn,” “hell,” and “ass,” there are also instances of name-calling like “hoochie” and “skank.” The story does attempt to promote feel-good messages about dependability, teamwork, and going against the grain, but most of it is overshadowed by the romantic story.
What's the story?
Figure skating star Alex Delgado’s (Francia Raisa) career came to an abrupt halt when her partner (and boyfriend) left the sport and their relationship ended. With few options, she turned to teaching skating, but her passion for competing never faded. When an unexpected offer arises to team up with an unlikely partner -- James McKinsey (Brendan Fehr), the egotistical “bad boy” of speed skating, whose off-rink antics got him booted from the national team -- Alex agrees, tempted by the thought of another world title. But the more Alex and James get to know each other, the more their personalities clash, putting the success of this partnership in serious doubt.
Is it any good?
Like its two predecessors, FIRE & ICE falls slightly short of the magic fans of the first installment might hope for. (In case you’re keeping count, this is the third sequel attempting to cash in on the popularity of the 1992 original, The Cutting Edge.) But it does have some positive points of its own. Raisa and Fehr make a believable pair onscreen, even if their characters’ impossible overnight success story is far from believable itself. James’s inner struggle between his lucrative speed-skating career and his newfound affection for figure skating (and allegiance to Alex) boasts messages about self-acceptance and dependability.
While most of the content is fine for teens, the developing relationship offers plenty of room for sexual content (innuendo and implied sex, for instance), so parents might want to be cautious in giving impressionable teens the go-ahead. Language is also a concern, with words like “damn” and “ass” common fare, as well as derogatory terms like “hoochie” and “skank.”
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the media portrays relationships. Is James and Alex’s relationship believable? Why or why not? Does the media shape our impression of acceptable relationships, or is it a reflection of society’s views of them?
Teens: To what degree are today’s sports stars good role models for young fans? Who are some of the most upstanding celebrities you can think of? Who are some of the worst? What message does it send when a star athlete gets into trouble?
Teens: What are some of your life goals? In what disciplines would you like to succeed? What does success mean to you? If your success puts you in a position to be a role model, how will you handle it?
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