Go Figure (2005)
Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Jordan Hinson, Cristine Rose, Ryan Malgarini, Tania Gunadi, Amy Halloran
Director: Francine McDougall
Release Date: 10 June 2005
Length: 88 minutes
Movie Rating: G
View Format: TV
My Rating: 3/5 stars
Katelin (Jordan Hinson) is a talented figure skater who just needs the right coach to push her to the big time. Her dreams come true when a Russian coach (Cristine Rose) who has trained champions offers to coach her. Unfortunately, that means Katelin has to go to an expensive private school and her family just cannot afford it. The coach really wants her, however, so she works out a deal with the hockey team’s coach to offer Katelin the last hockey scholarship available. There is just one catch – Katelin knows nothing about hockey!
This is another Disney Channel movie that features a completely implausible storyline, but somehow manages to come off cute and fun. The lead in this movie (Jordan Hinson) is better than some, though nothing special. She is bubbly and full of energy and is able to be airheaded and likeable at the same time. I actually quite liked her and found myself rooting for her to find a way to merge hockey and ice skating so that she could achieve her dreams. That is not to say that she is a great actress, she has a tendency to overplay her roles like most of the teens who star on Disney movies, but I still liked her and thought she was able to deliver lines like “but I love sparkles” with complete believability. This is true for the supporting actors and actresses as well. The Russian ice skating coach (Cristine Rose) is a hoot, as are Katelin’s original ice skating coaches as they have a fun time making some tongue-in-cheek jokes about the coaches involved in this sport.
I appreciate the fact that they addressed sibling rivalry in a realistic way. Her younger brother (Ryan Malgarini) actually quits hockey because his sister ends up taking up the sport and becoming pretty good at it. But, in the end, the brother would do anything for his sister because blood is usually thicker than water. He was one of my favorite characters and I looked forward to the few scenes that he was in. The other thing that I liked about this movie was how they tried to link math, specifically geometry, to hockey plays and teach young viewers that some of what they teach you at school can actually have practical application.
If you are looking for a cute, sports-oriented movie that will appeal to tweens and teens, you could do worse than this film. There is a romance subplot with the lead and a cute guy. There are also over-the-top villains who are pretty tame in their efforts to sabotage the lead, but are pretty funny while they try to sabotage Katelin’s chances. Some of the supporting characters are fun to get to know and young viewers will enjoy this movie despite the cliché Hollywood ending. Fans of ice skating will recognize cameos by figure skating stars such as Kristi Yamaguchi. Unfortunately, this movie is not available on DVD at this time so you have to wait and catch it on TV.
This movie features mild rivalry between teammates and competitors, sibling teasing, and mild hockey/sports violence. Recommended for ages 8 and up.