Chalet Girl (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

Chalet Girl (2011)



Critic Consensus: Chalet Girl is light comedic fun geared for teenage girls, featuring a charming performance from Felicity Jones.

Movie Info

Pretty tomboy Kim (Felicity Jones) used to be a champion skateboarder, but now she flips burgers to support herself and her dad. Opportunity comes knocking when she flukes a winter-long catering job in one of the plushest ski chalets in the Alps. At first, Kim is baffled by this bizarre new world of posh people, vintage champagne, epic mountains and waist deep powder. Then Kim discovers snowboarding, and her natural talent soon sees her training for the end-of-season competition, with a chance to win major prize money. But before she can become a champion again, Kim needs to overcome her deepest fears - and figure out what's going on with Jonny (Ed Westwick), her boss' handsome but apparently unavailable son. -- (C) IFCmore
Rating: R (for some language)
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Williams, Tom Williams (XXV)
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 2011
Box Office: $1.2k
IFC Films - Official Site


Felicity Jones
as Kim Matthews
Bill Nighy
as Richard
Ken Duken
as Mikki
Gregor Blob
as Bernhard
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Critic Reviews for Chalet Girl

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (5)

Pleasant if timid...

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Jones may be a charismatic comedian, but no amount of her skilled mugging, Britpop tunes or help from supporting stars can transform this derivative ugly duckling into a comic Anglophile swan.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Hot Dog... The Movie and its disreputable ski-comedy ilk might have been a low point in cinema history, but at least their unbridled crassness had energy; Chalet Girl embraces similar '80s tropes for a lethargic you-go-girl fairy tale.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's hard not to instantly forgive all the script's occasional faults and just be swept up in the feel-good nature of such a charming, easily-likable release.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012

Unashamedly aiming at a teenage audience, the film's lack of pretension is oddly refreshing

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
The National (UAE)

There's just not enough to hold attention, eventually succumbing entirely to convention in a particularly insipid finale. Who knows, maybe even teenage girls will be rolling their eyes at the predictability of it all.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011

Audience Reviews for Chalet Girl

I watched this with my daughter, and we both enjoyed it. Very much an enjoyable, British, teenage, romantic comedy...but really well done.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Cast: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields, Tamsin Egerton, Bill Bailey, Sophia Bush

Director: Phil Traill

Summary: Ex-skateboarder Kim Matthews is transplanted to the world of alpine sports, an environment she finds foreign ... until she tries snowboarding. When her Finnish friend Mikki offers to coach her, Kim is on her way to being tops in a new event.

My Thoughts: "I didn't really know what this movie was about going into it since I didn't read the summary or watch a trailer on it. You ever do that? Well silly me, I did. So I was surprised by the emotions this film had brought with what I thought was going to be a silly comedy that would pass the time. There was some funny moments, but it was really a more of a sad story about a girl who loses her mother and her biggest cheerleader. After the death of her mother she refuses to pick up a skateboard again but soons picks up the next best thing, a snowboard. Great little movie with much heart as it has comedy with a bit of romance. Not bad acting either."


Super Reviewer

Watched most of this, but just couldn't get into it. The story was just boring to me. Maybe the sports element was putting me off.
Felicity Jones is okay, and Ed Westwick, though I didn't find him all that convincing. I guess the poor little rich boy thing was irritating too here.
Maybe just me. A lot of people seemed to have liked this one.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Chalet Girl Quotes

Bill: Right, Austria, good for 3 things; breaded food, the Sound of Music, and the invention of physco analysis.
– Submitted by Krista B (3 years ago)
Jonny: Sanity is overrated. Tried it once, didn't get it.
– Submitted by Hera B (4 years ago)
Kim: No, irony is free. It's sarcasm you're paying for. Ironically.
– Submitted by Nishit D (4 years ago)

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