The Cutting Edge 1992

The Cutting Edge

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Part contrived romance, part hackneyed sports drama, The Cutting Edge shows how difficult it can be to figure skate through cheese.

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Stuck-up figure skating whiz Kate Moseley (Moira Kelly) is denied a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics after a fall. As Kate drives off partner after partner, her coach, Anton (Roy Dotrice), must quickly find her a new one in order to be ready for the next Olympics. Enter arrogant former Olympic hockey player Doug Dorsey (D.B. Sweeney), who briefly encountered Kate years before. Reluctantly teaming up, Kate and Doug's icy rapport begins to thaw, resulting in a chemistry both in and out of the rink.

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  • Jul 31, 2012
    The Cutting Edge is a fun romantic comedy, and a beloved cult classic from the '90s. It's the story of a washed up hockey player and a stuck-up figure skater that must work together in order to reach their dream of winning Olympic gold. The cast includes D. B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly, and Terry O'Quinn, who all deliver good performances. Sweeney and Kelly have great chemistry and really work well together. However, the directing is a bit weak and doesn't build the tension of the skating competitions well. Yet, The Cutting Edge holds up as an entertaining film with a touching story.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2012
    Somewhat a cult classic, and more than anything a vapid romantic comedy, The Cutting Edge is a slightly mindless film about a figure skater and a hockey player who need each other in order to succeed and go to the 1992 Olympics in pairs figure skating. I shouldn't say it's completely mindless, because though the plot is low and meandering, and the actual film itself borders on boring in originality, the characters aren't too bad. Their banter is probably the most enticing aspect of the film, and the reason many people love this enough to grant it another two movies in the late two-thousands. The characters themselves aren't very bright or intuitive and they follow the standard calibration for a romantic comedy: she's rich and privileged, he's blue collar rogue. It's very simple and neat as we expect, but there are some things that really bother me about this film, to an extent. Well, I found that formula without wanting, but the skating routines in this film are lazy. The nineties didn't yield the best slow motion, CGI, or freeze frames, and certainly didn't have music that doesn't make us cringe today. The routines are shown mostly from the skates, and leave much to the imagination They pan to the actors' faces, and then it's back to the skates. It's not that big a deal, but the final scene that clenches their victory is based on a singular move they pull off, and we as the audience don't even see it because they're focused on their faces. I saw a lot of the spoof Blades of Glory in this, especially in the last scene, and weirdly I think that film did a lot better in showcasing the actual skill and beauty of figure skating compared to this, which was far more focused on this partnership. Don't get me wrong about the actors, as Moira Kelly already enchanted me in Chaplin, and D.B. Sweeney is likable though pretending to be rough and tough whilst wearing spandex. There's nothing new or passionate about this, but you'll generally like it if you're into ice skating or want to lie around and watch a goofy romantic comedy.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2012
    I may have watched this movie 20 times in 2001.
    Lily L Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2010
    Only watch this movie if you dreamed of being an ice skater when you were little. And you are super depressed, lying on the couch, eating chocolate, and thinking of simpler times.
    Juli R Super Reviewer

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