No matter how big a fan you are of CUTTING EDGE (1992), you don't need to watch this light, made-for-TV sequel that originally aired on ABC Family. But for teens and tweens unfamiliar with first film, and/or youngsters with an irresistible desire to watch figure skating movies, this romantic comedy is probably just the ticket. Jackie Dorsey (Christy Carlson Romano) daughter of Kate (Stepfanie Kramer) and Doug (Scott Thompson Baker), CUTTING EDGE's bickering lovers wants nothing more than to win an Olympic gold medal. She's so driven that her parents force her to take a Los Angeles vacation, where she meets rollerblading surfer dude Alex Harrison (Russ Thomas), a rising star on the X-Games circuit. After a brief flirtation, the two end on bad terms, and Jackie heads back to her Connecticut home and demanding training schedule. But they're reunited when she suffers a devastating injury that eliminates her chances of competing with in the elite solo group, forcing a switch to the less demanding couples skating, and he loses his sponsorship. She's less than happy about her new partner, but on ice their feet work together in a natural rhythm and the sparks begin to fly. Then, naturally, the complications arise. Though the story revolves around the quest for Olympic gold, the film's goals are noticeably less lofty. The plot is remarkably similar to the original film's, and even borrows that movie's most memorable catchphrase, "toe pick." But the leads are appropriately adorable; Romano has perfected her stubborn pout and Thomas knows how to work his grungy-but-fit look. Older viewers will have to get past details like Kate and Doug being played by completely different actors, the fact that their daughter's age in no way jibes with the timeline established in CUTTING EDGE and the pesky long shots of the actual skating in which it's oh-so obvious that much of the fancy footwork was done by doubles.
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