Beyond the Geek
Release Date: March 18, 2005
Starring: Michelle Trachtenberg, Hayden
Panettiere, Joan Cusack, Kim
Cattrall, Trevor Blumas,
Kirsten Olson, Joselyn Lai,
Juliana Cannarozzo, Michelle
Kwan, and Brian Boitano
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures/Buena
Vista/Walt Disney Company
Director: Tim Fywell
Executive Producer: William W. Wilson III
Producer: Bridget Johnson
Writer: Hadley Davis
Address Comments To:Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO
Buena Vista Distribution Co.
(Walt Disney Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood, Miramax, and Touchstone Pictures)
Dick Cook, Chairman
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
Casey Carlyle is a brainy bookworm who secretly dreams of becoming an Olympic ice skating champion, but pursues her feminist mother’s goals of helping Casey get into Harvard. To land a scholarship, Casey decides to do a science project on the physics of skating. Casey is surprised to find out that her book smarts have helped her to become a late-blooming skating prodigy. She goes behind her mother’s back, however, to take lessons from the tough mother of another skater, whom Casey also befriends. Casey is not prepared for the cutthroat competition at the ice rinks. Her situation is not improved when her disapproving mother finds out about Casey’s lies.
ICE PRINCESS is an entertaining, though sometimes unbelievable and corny, look at the world of competitive ice skating. Michelle Trachtenberg is absolutely adorable as Casey. Her energetic performance and the solid performance of the rest of the cast make up for the script’s shortcomings.
In one way, our heroine, Casey Carlyle, discovers her motivational talent and pursues it with great passion. In another way, the movie helps people who have thought only for themselves start to consider the needs of others. In fact, the movie says quite plainly, love is thinking of others, a paraphrase of Romans 13:10.
Although the mother’s feminism is not completely rebuked, the mother is clearly wrong about her disdain for ice skating. She comes to recognize her daughter’s talent and accept her desire to fulfill her dream. Casey’s deceit also may not be strongly rebuked enough. On the good side, however, Casey pays for her ice skating pursuits by becoming an entrepreneur and selling her knowledge of physics to help the other girl skaters. Thus, Casey does not have to cheat in order to compete with them and uses capitalism and intelligence to succeed. That’s a wonderful message to send today’s children and teenagers.
ICE PRINCESS is an entertaining, though sometimes unbelievable and corny, look at the world of competitive ice skating. Michelle Trachtenberg is absolutely adorable as Casey. Her energetic performance and the solid performance of the rest of the cast make up for the script’s shortcomings. Although the lying and feminism depicted in the movie are not fully rebuked, the story comes together to produce a triumphant fairy tale of discipline, sacrifice, honest competition, love, compassion, and overcoming adversity.