xXx: Return of Xander Cage
The last forty minutes of the movie do come together in a pretty diverting way.
"The Cutting Edge" is a marriage of two durable Hollywood genres: It's an Underdog in Training sports film, crossed with that most beloved of all romantic formulas, the Incompatibles in Love.
There is essentially not an original moment in the entire film, and yet it's skillfully made and well-acted.
The timing of its release is a little peculiar, however. The movie involves two figure skating partners in training for the Winter Olympics, and so you'd imagine they would have released it last month. Maybe they figured all the figure skating fans would be glued to the tube during the Olympics, and so they scheduled it for later, to feed off their withdrawal symptoms.
The movie stars Moira Kelly as a brilliant but troublesome prima donna, and D. B. Sweeney as a tough hockey player, forced out of the game by an eye injury, who is recruited to be her latest partner. She's a spoiled rich brat who has a history of chewing up her partners and spitting them out; he comes from a long line of hockey players who view figure skating with contempt. Their mission, dictated by the formulas of countless similar films: Train together over long months while fighting most of the time, meanwhile falling in love without knowing it, until their romance reaches a crisis point at the precise moment when they're going for the Olympic gold.