‘The Cutting Edge’ with Emily L. Newman

Episode 7

She’s a pairs figure skater who keeps rejecting partners; he’s a washed-up hockey player. Can they win gold by falling in love and performing an unthinkable maneuver? With a setup like that, “The Cutting Edge” (1992) is the perfect launchpad for our Sports Romances kick.

Emily L. Newman (Texas A&M Unversity-Commerce) is here to break down the banter, the costumes, the battle of the sexes, and the Pamchenko Twist as a symbol of impossible love. You can catch up with Emily’s wonderful writing on The Cutting Edge right here.

About “The Kick”

“The Kick” is a theme-obsessed movie podcast where new releases are the ultimate excuse to fill blindspots and let that completist flag fly.

Part of the Now Playing Network, the show runs in multi-episode arcs—or kicks—that explore a particular sub-genre or filmography, and then culminate in a relevant new film. As in, “I’m on a sports-romance kick, and it won’t be over until I see Challengers.

Every week, host Chance Solem-Pfeifer is joined by a fellow writer, filmmaker, or movie appreciator. You can contact him at chancesolempfeifer [at] gmail [dot] com and read his film writings in the Willamette Week.