Chalet Girl

Chalet Girl

Phil Traill (2010)

92min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The class barrier appears to block the path of true love (though it's more of a slippery slope) in this Alpine-set comedy. Now a household name thanks to her eye-catching turn in The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones makes a winning heroine as a working-class Cinderella tending to a well-to-do family at a jet-set resort while learning to snowboard. Her aim is to bag a cash prize in an upcoming competition and save widowed dad Bill Bailey from total despair. It's a formulaic yarn from first-time film-maker Phil Traill, with the central romance suffering because the object of Jones's affection - played by Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick - seems more in love with himself than anyone else. The compelling journey here is the personal one that Jones takes as she battles fear and insecurity to realise a sporting ambition. Her friendship with Tamsin Egerton (posh totty Chelsea in the St Trinian's films) is also fun to watch, not least because Egerton can be simultaneously snotty, hilarious and endearing. Chalet Girl won't melt your heart, but it at least leaves a warm glow.

Summary

A 19-year-old skateboarding champion gives up the sport as she struggles to support herself and her father. She gets a job working in a ski resort, where she feels out of her comfort zone in high society, but she finds a way to put her old skills to good use by competing in a prestigious snowboarding competition. Comedy, with Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick and Bill Nighy.

Cast & Crew

Kim Felicity Jones
Jonny Ed Westwick
Georgie Tamsin Egerton
Mikki Ken Duken
Richard Bill Nighy
Bill Bill Bailey (2)
Chloe Sophia Bush
Caroline Brooke Shields
Nigel Nicholas Braun
Jules Georgia King
Director Phil Traill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Edited for language, sexual referencesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Mar 2011
Comedy