Don’t ask me why I watched Chalet Girl, the British answer to American teen rom-coms. I can assure you, it has nothing to do with the fact that I also watch(ed) Gossip Girl, even though this film also stars Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass).
Chalet Girl tells the story of tomboy Kim Matthews (played by a very likeable Felicity Jones), who used to be a champion skateboarder but a turn of events has her working at fast food joint to support her deadbeat father. A catering opportunity in the Alps sees Kim discover the joys of a similar sport (or so I’ve told, from a technical perspective) — snowboarding. Meanwhile, she befriends fellow chalet girl Georgie (Tasmin Edgerton) and finds herself getting close to her boss (Westwick), who, of course, already has a girlfriend.
If I sound less than enthusiastic, I don’t mean to be. Chalet Girl actually isn’t all that bad compared to its US counterparts. It’s mildly amusing, contains some exciting sports action and the plot is…well, at least there is a plot. The film is anchored by Felicity Jones, who does a fantastic job as Kim, and it’s also quite interesting (and bizarre) to see Westwick speak in his natural British accent.
Ultimately, Chalet Girl is light, frothy, forgettable fun that’s a little more charming that it ought to be for a film of this kind. But it still doesn’t mean that it’s particularly good.
2.75 stars out of 5