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Chalet Girl (2011)

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79

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 9

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

60

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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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

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Art House & International, Comedy

Tom Williams (XXV)

Sep 9, 2011

$1.2k

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (9) | DVD (1)

Pleasant if timid...

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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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.

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The dialogue is more sensible than the plotting, allowing us to forgive the film's more serious trespasses.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A chirpy, tween-skewing, snowboarding-themed romantic comedy.

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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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.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

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

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The National
The National

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.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Chalet Girl is what it says on the label - feel-good, unpretentious, snowbound fun.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieFIX
MovieFIX

Undemanding, forgettable, formulaic teen rom-com.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Chalet Girl is a pedestrian affair that limply modernises the Cinderella fairytale for fun and profit.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

It's an unassuming film but a surprisingly beguiling one.

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Sure, it's predictable, implausible and clearly skewed toward a young female demographic, but it's also enjoyable escapist fun.

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

This is a very benign comedy that is elevated by the completely natural performance of Felicity Jones.

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

With its down to earth heroine ... the film underplays the triumph of the spirit theme, while delivering a satisfying, textured experience

August 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The scenery is gorgeous and although the plot is predictable, it's a pleasant interlude with some laughs and surprising observations

August 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Chalet Girl comes as a breath of fresh, Alpine air in that it's a very British, no-nonsense story of a working class girl who falls for her posh employer.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

It's all very third division école de Richard Curtis.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A sort of goofy celebration of female self-empowerment, one in which the standard romcom goal of scoring a dreamy boyfriend takes a back seat to finding yourself through being good at something exciting.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

The humour is aimed at teens but Jones' likeable presence make this a pleasant watch.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Felicity Jones confirms her reputation as one of our brightest talents in this comedy about a young woman's struggle to vanquish her inner demons.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

Pursues its way to its feelgood conclusion with just a little wit and a goodly lump of sentiment.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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.
November 29, 2012
itsjustme2004

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."
June 16, 2012
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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.
May 26, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

What would otherwise be a mindless, sports comedy, the likes of "Grind" or "Out Cold", aimed mostly at the female sex, "Chalet Girl" is wholly saved by the always impressive Felicity Jones, who makes it utterly impossible to not be drawn into her natural radiance and adorable, mousy demeanor. With Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields, Sophia Bush and Ed Westwick rounding out the cast, the film is plucked from its straight-to-dvd nature and given some much needed credibility. Although the scenes involving Jones and her fear of doing jumps is completely overdone and the ending needlessly predictable, giving any reason to have Felicity Jones in the starring role of any film is means enough for me to see it and enjoy it.
December 16, 2012
xas5

Super Reviewer

    1. Bill: Right, Austria, good for 3 things; breaded food, the Sound of Music, and the invention of physco analysis.
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    1. Jonny: Sanity is overrated. Tried it once, didn't get it.
    – Submitted by Hera B (2 years ago)
    1. Kim: No, irony is free. It's sarcasm you're paying for. Ironically.
    – Submitted by Nishit D (2 years ago)
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