Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Chalet Girl (2011)

Number Rolled: 20
Movie Name/Year: Chalet Girl (2011)
Genre: Romance
Length: 96 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Phil Traill
Writer: Tom Williams
Actors: Felicity Jones, Bill Bailey, Rebecca Lacey, Tom Goodman-Hill, Tamsin Egerton, Georgia Kind, Gregor Bloeb, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields, Sophia Bush, Nicolas Braun, Ken Duken, Tara Dakides, Adam Bousdoukos

Kim was a big deal in the skating world before her mother’s accident took her out of commission. Suddenly, she’s facing the prospect of flipping burgers for the rest of her life. A lucky break opens for her when she learns about a job opening to wait on much better tippers than those one would find in the fast food industry.

If I had to combine two works of creativity in order to describe “Chalet Girl” it would be “Blue Crush,” with much better actors and better writing, and this series I used to read when I was a teenager called “Sunset Island,” by Cherie Bennett. Of course, it was a little grown up to fully resemble the teenage-level romance series, but not nearly grown up enough for an R rating, in my opinion. I get the reasons behind it, but I think the rating was a case of stick-up-ass-dom instead of an objective view of the film.

I thought it was cute. I really enjoyed Felicity Jones and Ed Westwick as actors. Bill Nighy is always a welcome presence in a movie and I think British movies just have a more relaxed tone to them. If this same movie were created with an American tone, I feel like it would have gone the way of every other sport-romance-competition-themed nonsense that we put out. I’m not saying I only like British movies, but they definitely have found a spot in my heart they don’t intend to give up.

It’s not the most original movie that’s ever been made. It’s not even the most original movie I watched today. None-the-less, it worked its recipe well and the final product is fun. That’s really the whole point of this kind of film.

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3.3/5
Overall Opinion – 3.5/5

P.S. Small scenes and bloopers are played during the credits.

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