CHALET GIRL (PG)
D: Phil Traill
IFC (Wolfgang Becker, Pippa Cross, Dietmar Guentsche & Harriet Rees)
UK/Germany/Austria 🇬🇧 🇩🇪 🇦🇹 2011
W: Tom Williams
DP: Ed Wild
Ed: Robin Sales
Mus: Christian Henson
Felicity Jones (Kim), Ed Westwick (Jonny), Tamsin Egerton (Georgie), Bill Bailey (Kim's Dad), Brooke Shields (Caroline), Bill Nighy (Richard)
Dirty Dancing meets Bend It Like Beckham with snowboards, starring beautiful English rose Felicity Jones as a poor London girl who takes a job as hired help at a ski chalet, where in-between being in the service of a family of posh arseholes she practices snowboarding for an upcoming contest.
Though the script is turgid, predictable and quite irresponsible, the film succeeds where it needs to, with Felicity Jones rising above all the dross with a delightful leading performance as the natural and very likeable lead character. It's just a shame that the script called for her character to spending way too much time chasing a tedious pretty boy who doesn't deserve her... and the worst part is, she actually ends up with the superficial douchebag instead of the friendzone character who actually seemed to have a connection with her.
Personally, I think this presents a terrible message to impressionable young girls. It actually takes the piste!