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What Breaks the Ice

By Jordan Elizabeth, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fast friends and reckless decisions in teen crime drama.

Movie NR 2021 99 minutes
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This is the classic story of an innocent teen pulled into partying and crime by an unlikely, troubled friend. (One is blonde and the other brunette -- can you guess which is the innocent one?) When Sammy and Emily meet, Emily's shoplifting is what "breaks the ice" in their friendship. But as their crime escalates, the ice breaks completely, and Sammy is left in the freezing water on her own.

What Breaks the Ice is also a story about class and the protection against consequences that money can afford some and not others. The girls' friendship is tested and their loyalty to each other prevails, but not without more problematic choices. In order to save Sammy, Emily concocts a story of sexual assault -- an irresponsible storyline that adds to the misinformed belief that people frequently lie about sexual assault. While there are themes of friendship and loyalty, Sammy and Emily are asked to make choices against their own interests to preserve their friendship, which shouldn't be a condition of any true friendship.

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