Ice Princess

Rated G 2005

Though Disney's incessant promotion of Hilary Duff has made casual moviegoers run from teen-girl flicks as fast as they can, Ice Princess may bring a few back. Star Michelle Trachtenberg is a serious actor and, unlike many of her peers, actually looks like a normal teenager. Hayden Panettiere, playing her beautiful blonde best friend, has a more traditional look, but a much better singing voice than Duff (seriously, her song at the end credits is quite good). Director Tim Fywell (I Capture the Castle) takes us through the preposterous premise with ease -- you'll believe, if only momentarily, that a science geek can suddenly discover she's a brilliant ice skater. Other than the standard "follow your heart" theme, the movie's message seems to be that moms suck, from Kim Cattrall as Panettiere's ball-busting coach mom to Joan Cusack as Trachtenberg's amusingly uptight feminist mom, who thinks ice-skating outfits are sexist. Oh, and the love interest is a cute Zamboni driver. Silly, yes, but sweet and fun too.

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