Chalet Girl

October 14th, 2011








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Chalet Girl

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Plot
Pretty tomboy Kim Matthews, 19, used to be a champion skateboarder - but now she's stuck in a dead end job trying to support her Dad...

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.0/10 (4,259 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Phil Traill

Stars: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy

Storyline
Pretty tomboy Kim Matthews, 19, used to be a champion skateboarder - but now she's stuck in a dead end job trying to support her Dad. Opportunity comes knocking in the form of a catering job in the one of the most exclusive chalets in the Alps. At first, Kim's baffled by this bizarre new world of posh people, champagne and skiing - but then she discovers snowboarding, and the chance to win some much-needed prize money at the big end-of-season competition. But before she can become a champion again, Kim's going to have to dig deep to overcome her fears. Hard enough, without the complicating factor of Jonny, her handsome - though spoken for - boss...

Cast:
Felicity Jones - Kim
Ed Westwick - Jonny
Bill Nighy - Richard
Brooke Shields - Caroline
Tamsin Egerton - Georgie
Bill Bailey - Bill
Sophia Bush - Chloe
Gregor Bloéb - Bernhard
Adam Bousdoukos - Willy
Nicholas Braun - Nigel
Tara Dakides - Herself
Ken Duken - Mikki
Abbie Dunn - Amy
Patrick Finger - Race Guy
Thomas Goersch - Dinner Party Guest



Details

Official Website: Official Blog | Official Twitter |

Release Date: 14 October 2011

Filming Locations: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany

Opening Weekend: £677,716 (UK) (20 March 2011) (381 Screens)

Gross: $1,201 (USA) (23 October 2011)



Technical Specs

Runtime: Germany:  | UK:

Quotes:
Richard: [pointing at a helicopter] You ever been in one of these things?
Kim: [impressed but ultracool] Yeah, we have one at home. This one's pretty small actually.
Richard: Do we pay extra for irony?
Kim: No, the irony's free, it's the sarcasm you're paying for. Ironically...



User Review

Amazingly predictable but watchable all the same

Rating: 5/10

There surely can't be too many people who come away from Chalet Girl saying that it didn't deliver what they expected it to. It's almost charmingly clichéd and completely predictable at every moment. Whether or not this will bother you or not is entirely down to your tolerance for the romantic-comedy genre. I personally would classify it as a perfectly watchable movie; although it is 100% unremarkable.

Its main angle I suppose is its setting. The Alps are very beautiful and this doesn't harm the film. The snowboarding part is dealt with in a relatively minor way, as the main thrust of the plot is of the comic and romantic kind - the snobbishness of skiers, the almost angelic goodness of the boarders, the tart with a heart, the posh boy who falls for the chalet girl, etc etc. It's all very one dimensional, although it does have to be said that leading actress Felicity Jones does make for a good enough principal girl; however, her male counterpart Ed Westwick did seem very wooden to me. And I still can't fathom why they went to the trouble of hiring a skilled comedian like Bill Bailey when all his character amounts to is a man who can't cook his dinner.

At the end of the day Chalet Girl is a chick-flick with snowboards. There's nothing new here but I've also seen Snowboard Academy, and that film makes this one seem like The Godfather by comparison. So there's a positive note to end this on.




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