Kim (Felicity Jones) is a 19 year old ex-skateboarder, working in a burger bar for a living. When she stumbles into a chalet girl job, she's completely out of her depth, both on the snow - she can't even ski - and with the Mad sen ^ family, her uber-posh employers and their ultra-cool son Jonny (Ed Westwick). Desperate to fit in, Kim dusts off an old snowboard and takes to the slopes. Unleashing her talents, she enters the resort's pro-board na * & competilion. As she and Jonny grow closer and m the finals draw nearer. Kim could have the world at her feet - but can she overcome the obstacles and odds to triumph?
Silly, badly-written, wish-fulfillment girlpower Brit comedy
- Chalet Girl review by PV
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I see that lottery funding and the Film Council partly funded this film. Well, on this basis, I'm glad the Film Council is gone! This really is such a lame comedy - with trite predictable jokes and a ropey script wasted on the good actors. There is also a crude misandrist feminist message throughout: that girls are great and men are vile and/or useless. I look forward to the lottery funded a film that promotes the equal and opposite! According to this movie, all men are such useless cooks that they can only make beans on toast and can't even use a microwave! Yeah, right... According to this, all businessmen are vile abusive perverts. According to this, it's quite OK for a woman to physically assault a man by hitting him in the testicles with a ski pole. Well, would it be so funny if the man hit the girl between the legs with one? If not, why not?Discuss........
Anyway, I suppose this is aimed at young teenage girls with brains full of fluff and hormones - so aims for a wish fulfillment fantasy for every girl was wants BOTH to be like a boy AND to be a girly girl who marries a rich prince... Yuck.... The problem is, the sports footage is not good enough to appeal to the snowboarders - the vast majority of whom are boys anyway, so will be turned off by a girl actor pretending to do it!.............And the script is not good enough to make a good believable comedy - I didn't laugh once, but groaned throughout looking at my watch.............................................In short: this film is a good example of how not to make a comedy, and should be watched by all who mourn the loss of the Film Council, though 13 year old girls might like it. All others, avoid. Unless you want to watch Bill Nighy phoning it in with his usual posh defuddled character...
Chalet Girl is a British romantic-comedy starring rising star Felicity Jones as a once accomplished snowboarder whose life is kicked into backtrack mode when her mother dies. She finds herself serving fast food and then working as a liaison and slave-about-the-place in a ski lodge chalet.
Surrounded by the thing she once loved Kim finds herself involved in a rather hopelessly predictable romance with Ed Westwick’s character Jonny.
It seems as though much of the anticipation and apprehension centred on Chalet Girl was about it’s representation of the skier’s life. Fears that it would continue the stereotype of the rich and “Sloaney” Brit or look like some horrendous 18 to 30’s holiday rep documentary were both unfounded however as the characters lack any of the humour or personality of these identities.
This is not to say that the film is bad, far from it, it is sweet and funny in places but it is exactly what you would expect it to be: a rather generic rom-com.
Appearances from Bill Bailey and Brooke Shields make the film more bearable and the issues of class the ripple beneath are enough to keep you interested throughout, but somehow the film seems like it’s trying to do too much with itself and it basically leaves all its strongest points a little weakened.
If what you’re going for is a rom-com with an alpine twist then this is it, no more, no less.