The Cutting Edge

1992 PG 1h 42m DVD

The Cutting Edge

1992 PG 1h 42m DVD
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Spoiled but accomplished figure skater Kate Moseley (Moira Kelly) is on her way to the Olympics, and so is egotistical hockey player Doug Dorsey (D.B. Sweeney). When an eye injury puts Doug out for the rest of the season, he reluctantly agrees to try working as Kate's partner, which allows him to stay in competition. The duo gets off to a rough start but learns to perform as a team, and they soon become a force to be reckoned with.
D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly, Roy Dotrice, Terry O'Quinn, Dwier Brown, Chris Benson, Kevin Peeks, Barry Flatman
Paul Michael Glaser
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this skating film's PG rating belies several scenes of mild sexuality and one scene of binge drinking presented as celebrating. Doug sleeps with different women and Kate throws herself at Doug after an all-night drinking binge. Doug gets injured twice, once by his hockey teammates and once by Kate. Doug doesn't remember the name of the girl he slept with and generally treats women as sex objects. Kate is an angry character who finds Doug a good outlet for her frustrations. Overall, the film provides a good illustration of ambitious young women and what they sacrifice to get what they want.

Sexual Content

Doug is often bare-chested and shown in bed with two different women at different times. The women are wearing a sheet and a pillow, respectively. Doug walks in on Kate naked, but the viewer only sees her bare back. There's considerable flirting and innuendo between Kate and Doug. Kate kisses her boyfriend, Hale, and later Kate and Doug kiss.


Doug gets pummeled by other hockey players during a game, leaving him unconscious. Lots of skating-related falling and injuries. Doug is shown in one shot wearing underwear stuffed with ice to ease pain. Kate hits Doug in the face with a hockey puck, breaking his nose.


Some salty language, including "hell," "goddamn," "piss," "bitch," "s--t," and "ass."

Social Behavior

Kate and Doug are both complex, strong characters and worthy topics of conversation for families looking to discuss gender roles. Doug's family teases him for being a figure skater and there are some negative stereotypes of gay men in the film.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Several people drink champagne moderately at a Christmas party. Doug and Kate share an evening of binge drinking in which Kate makes a pass at Doug and passes out.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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