When I began this column, I originally intended to devote it to the teen actors who filled my childhood days with adolescent longing – cute youngsters like 3 Ninjas star Michael Treanor, the subject of last week's post – but watching the Olympics this weekend got me nostalgic for a certain figure skating romantic comedy that earned multiple replays in my VCR throughout the mid-90s. In a weekend filled with thrilling hockey games and the opening rounds of the pairs figure skating competition, I couldn't help but think back to the movie that combined the two ice sports in glorious fashion in the spring of 1992: The Cutting Edge.
My Movie Crush: Doug Dorsey in The Cutting Edge (1992)
Played by: D.B. Sweeney
The Cutting Edge opens with a prologue set during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, where hockey player Doug Dorsey (D.B. Sweeney) and pairs figure skater Kate Moseley (Moira Kelly) are hungry athletes going for the gold in their respective fields. Both Doug and Kate leave Calgary with uncertain futures; he's lost much of his peripheral vision, eliminating his chances of playing in the NHL, and she takes a tumble on the ice thanks to her malcontent partner. Two years later, Kate and her new coach, Anton Pamchenko (Roy Dotrice) have exhausted all prospective male skaters; in a last-ditch effort, they enlist Doug – rough and untrained, but desperate for another shot at the Olympics – and the unlikely pair make their way to the 1992 Winter Games, falling reluctantly in love along the way.
As far as sports movies-slash-romantic comedies go, The Cutting Edge was a trailblazer. Its formula has since been copied many times over – including in two subsequent sequels, both of which I dare say are watchable, as well as the figure skating satire Blades of Glory – but few films of this subgenre come close to matching its wit and energy.
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