Film Review: Chalet Girl (2011)

| 1 September , 2011 | Reply

Directed by: Phil Traill
Staring: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Tamsin Egerton, Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 3/5

Felicity Jones shines in this fun British romantic comedy with a dash of fresh powdered bite.

When skateboarding sensation Kim\’s (Jones\’) mother dies in a car accident, the devastated teen abandons the sport and takes a summer job in a fast food restaurant to help her struggling father (the wonderful Bill Bailey) pay the bills. So when Kim is offered a well paying job as a chalet girl at a prestigious Austrian ski resort, she reluctantly accepts. But this working class tom-boy is going to be one serious fish out of water; and not just because she has no idea how to ski.

A $25 000 prize in a local competition entices Kim to learn how to snowboard and she works to overcome the demons that forced her to abandon skateboarding. A sweet, if abrupt, romance also blossoms as the boss\’s son Jonny (Westwick) catches Kim\’s eye. Unfortunately, Jonny is about to be engaged to a woman who couldn\’t be more opposite to the flailing Kim (Sophia Bush).

With the stunning Austrian Alps as a background Chalet Girl is a simple romantic comedy that uses a time-honoured formula to worm its way into your heart. What really pumps this film up is the energetic snowboarding storyline, which turns on the adrenaline and injects some unobtrusive girl power into the updated romance. Kim is going to achieve her dreams, and they amount to more then finding Mr Right.

Chalet Girl also boasts a great cast, delivers an entertaining script and some impressive cameos including snowboarding royalty Tara Dakides. Jones in particular has an understated charisma, which keeps the film\’s saccharine inclinations at bay.

With an upbeat soundtrack and impressive snowboarding action Chalet Girl is definitely feel good spring entertainment.

Chalet Girl is in cinemas now.


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