Dear Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Gold, you make the original 1992 movie about moody ice princess Kate (Moira Kelly), who falls for macho hockey player Doug (D.B. Sweeney) look like an intricately plotted masterpiece. See, I have to pretend to hate you for a while before I ultimately declare my love (preferably as we perform a climactic Olympic figure-skating routine). That is, after all, what happened in the original slumber-party classic...and in ABC Family's sequel (premiering March 12, 7 p.m.), which follows the romance of Kate and Doug's daughter, Jackie (Christy Carlson Romano), and her skating partner, Alex (Ross Thomas). Here's everything that's so wrong and yet so right about Going for the Gold.
Kelly and Sweeney are AWOL; we're forced to accept Stepfanie Kramer and Scott Thompson Baker as now-coach Kate and now-skating commentator Doug.
NO SENSE OF HISTORY
Doug and Kate took the gold in '92; Gold culminates this year in Torino. Even if Jackie was conceived the night Doug and Kate won, she'd only be 14. (Romano is 21.) Meanwhile, extreme in-line skater Alex drinks, so he's, presumably, 21 (this is ABC Family, after all). As for Jackie and Alex's meet-cute, Mom and Dad never say, ''Weird, this totally happened to us, too!''
''Toe pick!'' Can't beat that.
In summary, Gold, your triple jumps have nothing on that physics-defying Pamchenko that sealed the deal for Doug and Kate. But we can't deny the irresistible pull of a story about a mismatched pair thawing each other's hearts while the camera cuts to wide shots because they're clearly not doing their own skating. In guilty- pleasure merit, a solid 5.0.