Chalet GirlOctober 14, 2011
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
Stars: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy
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…
Dinner Party Guest
Release Date: 14 October 2011
Filming Locations: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
Opening Weekend: £677,716
(20 March 2011)
(23 October 2011)
[pointing at a helicopter]
You ever been in one of these things?
[impressed but ultracool]
Yeah, we have one at home. This one's pretty small actually.
Do we pay extra for irony?
No, the irony's free, it's the sarcasm you're paying for. Ironically…
Amazingly predictable but watchable all the same
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.