Chalet Girl review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
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.