An abandoned zebra (voice of Frankie Muniz) grows up believing he is a racehorse, and, with the help of his barnyard friends and a teenage girl (Hayden Panettiere), sets out to achieve his dream of racing with thoroughbreds.
Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing, and soon he's ... See full summary »
After a run-in with the law, Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) is forced to return to the world from which she fled some years ago. Enrolled in an elite gymnastics program run by the legendary Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges), Haley's rebellious attitude gives way to something that just might be called team spirit.
A former sports star who's fallen on hard times starts coaching his son's soccer team as a way to get his life together. His attempts to become an adult are met with challenges from the attractive soccer moms who pursue him at every turn.
A high-school bookworm transforms into a swan. Brainy Casey Carlyle has never quite fit in. Caught between her fantasy of becoming a championship figure skater and her strong-willed mother, who has her on the fast track to Harvard, she can only hope to be like Nikki, Tiffany and Gen--three elite skating prodigies who are ruthlessly competing on the US National circuit (and have attitudes to match). But when Casey gets the chance to train with Gen and her coach, a disgraced former skating champion who also happens to be Gen's mother, she must dash her own mother's hopes in order to pursue her dream. Now, with only the support of Gen's teenage brother, a hunky Zamboni driver, Casey takes on the challenge of her life when she finds herself competing against the best to make it into the championship circuit and become a real "ice princess." Written by
Just like kids, The Ice Princess is both about growing up as well as the growing up of juvenile/youth movies. The Ice Princess dances rings around most figure skating movies because perhaps the movie industry is growing up. The focus on skating, on relationships is great and there is some nice skating shots as well as some surprise cameos. Instead of the usual comedy romance genre as in The Cutting Edge, a standard of such movies, The Ice Princess actually focuses on the biting, raw under the surface issues surrounding youth girls and their mothers today. Without stereotypes, without the usual hype, this movie successfully avoids the juvenile movie traps and plays it both softer of the stereotypes and more on the real and the harsher edges of drama in this movie. This an entertaining, educational, well done movie about going for one's potential, about dreams lost and hoped for, about conflict and doubt, about mothers and daughters, about rivalry and sharing. One of the best girl movies this year and last year. Highly recommended. Eight out of Ten Stars.
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