March 30, 2007 Blades of Glory
Studio: DreamWorks Rating: PG for crude and sexual humor, language, a comic violent image and some drug references.
Two male skaters form an unlikely alliance as they return to the ice in search of gold. That's the plot of the comedy "Blades of Glory."
Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) is the bad boy of men's figure skating. Coming from the wrong side of the tracks, he's armed with super sexy routines that make his women fans swoon.
Michaels' main competitor is Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder). A much more traditional skater, he's been groomed from childhood to become a champion.
These two just don't get along and that leads to their downfall.
Skating their hearts out at the World Wintersports Games, Michaels and MacElroy tie for the gold. But the rivalry bubbles to the surface while they're on the medal stand. Petty jealousy leads to a fistfight with very tough ramifications.
Because of their actions, both men are banned from skating. A few years later they discover a loophole that will let them compete as a pairs team. However the pair's biggest obstacle will be overcoming their long-standing differences. If they can't, success will not be in the cards.
I'm not going to kid you. This is basically a one-joke movie. Ferrell as the super-tough jock and Heder as the more delicate artist make a very odd couple. But both are accomplished comedians so the film delivers laughs on a pretty consistent basis.
Like he did with NASCAR and the world of TV news anchors, Ferrell goes way over the top in lampooning figure skating. But nobody commits to an absurd scene quite the way he does...and it works.
Real life married couple Will Arnett and Amy Poehler almost steal the movie as Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg, "America's Skating Sweethearts." Threatened by Chazz and Jimmy's moves their true underhanded nature is revealed with hilarious results.
Craig T. Nelson also makes you laugh as the skating coach who is charged with molding the new team into a champion.
If you like Will Ferrell movies or if Jon Heder makes you smile then this film is for you. It's silly but it is entertaining.
On my rating scale, "Blades of Glory" earns a Triple.
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