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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Skate Away Productions Ltd., Walt Disney Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Tim Fywell
Producer(s): Kristin Burr, Richard Cowan, Karen Glass, Bridget Johnson, William W. Wilson III
Story by: Meg Cabot, Hadley Davis
Screenplay: Hadley Davis
Cinematography/Camera: David Hennings
Music: Christophe Beck, Alyson Michalka, Amanda Michalka
Film Editing: Janice Hampton
Casting: Ross Clydesdale, Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Lester Cohen
Art Direction: Dennis Davenport, Aleksandra Marinkovich
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
If you enjoy portrayal of parents, mothers anyway, as brutal dictators stealing the freedom of choice of their teenage daughters, and portrayal of teenagers as having magnitudes more wisdom than their mothers, Ice Princess is the film for you. Ice Princess is a well made and exceptionally well performed flowing and sometimes moving, touching and maybe even convincing story of a "mathlete" turned athlete on the ice who decided to defy her feminist mother's dreams for her and march to the beat of her own drum.
As Ice Princess crosses dimensions as it escapes the formula beginning, at times it may try the patience of the parent with the adolescent watching the film with the parent. Or without when the self-proclaimed autonomy of characters in the film is brought home embedded in the person of your child. The dissonance generated by the two quintessential mothers being in the wrong and being taught a thing or two by the daughters and by the defiant ones being in the right just might appear within the walls of your home. So many films that feed defiance of authority take their toll. Usually at home.
Ice Princess earned a final score of 90 which places it comfortably in the scoring range earned by G-rated movies (100 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. But one of the features of the CAP analysis model most useful to parents -- the fractionation of findings into six investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O, M) - revealed a strong concentration in the Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area. The film earned a score of 58 in Impudence/Hate which makes that programming area content equivalent to some PG-13 movies. Each of the other five investigation areas (W, S, D, O, M) revealed programming equivalent to G-rated movies in the comparative baseline database but the score of 58 in the Impudence/Hate investigation required the display of the yellow CAPCon alert light. This means you should give serious consideration to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before deciding whether this film is fit for your children.
"The computer doesn't make the jumps. You do." Star Michelle Trachtenberg as the beautiful Harvard-bound physics whiz kid Casey Carlysle spoke these words of encouragement to Gen Harwood (Hayden Panettiere) who enjoyed the social position of high school beauty and student body snob ... until she got to know Casey. Casey spoke those words to Gen after inventing a special physics computer program that analyzed skater moves, enabling refinement of them. Casey invented the program after being encouraged by her science teacher to prepare a personal and unique physics project with which she could convince Harvard to accept her.
Gen's mother, Tina Harwood (Kim Cattrall) was owner of the Harwood Skating Club and previous contender for Olympics skating until she was disqualified at Sarajevo for what I gather were character flaws. Now , having no college education to fall back on, Tina coaches skaters. Including her daughter Gen. Including Casey who now wants not to go to Harvard but rather to harvest her recently-discovered talents and become a pro skater. Casey's mom Joan (Joan Cusack) told Casey the likely end of a pro skater is less than desirable and pushed Casey even harder to vie for Harvard acceptance. According to Casey's mom professional skaters have no half-life and must soon meld into routine and doldrum life, implying the fate of a fast-food service career at best.
Of the relatively few matters likely of parental concern, as mentioned above, include a number of demonstrations of defiance of parental guidance and authority and even deceit to a mother. Nothing of an extreme nature but present nonetheless. [Col. 3:20, Luke 17:2, Matt. 18:10, Eph. 6:4]
The only "violence" in the entire film was an episode of an animated argument between Casey and her mother. While the film is free of any uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, it does present God's name in vain once but then without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]
At a teen party thrown by Gen for her boyfriend there are, of course, no adults and many multi-colored bottles with metal screw-on caps. It was not obvious they were alcoholic beverages but the implication was there. [Eph. 5:18] No tobacco use or drug use was found.
Sexual matters were limited to things such as camera angle to force the viewer on private parts, semi-thong nudity of a girl's posterior and excessive cleavage exposure on a teen. No matter how "small" issues of sexual immorality may seem, they each make a mark in your child's respect for sex and his/her natural inhibition. [1Ths. 4:3 - 7. Luke 17:2]
The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was found. Please consider inspecting it closely to determine whether this film is suitable for your children.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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