Ice Castles DVD review

Awful ice skating-themed love movie

(TBA) US. Lynn-Holly Johnson, Robby Benson, Colleen Dewhurst

The pirouetting free-skater heroine Lexie Winston (Johnson) leaves the backwoods of Iowa for the rigorous discipline of Olympic coaching. Escaping the claustrophobia of home (where her father sees her as a substitute for her dead mother), she attains independence comparable to that of her dilettante ice hockey-playing boyfriend Nick (Benson).

She gains success and fame – at a price: the loss of her native innocence, the estrangement of Nick, and the tragic loss of her eyesight. What this three-hanky weepie really says is, ‘Don’t get ideas above your station,’ for Lexie can only come to terms with her handicap by re-accepting the dominance of her father and Nick, and rejecting her ambitions and herself. You’d have to be blind to miss the moral.

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