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When rival figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder) go ballistic in an embarrassing, no-holds-barred fight at the World Championships, they are stripped of their gold medals and banned from the sport for life. Now, three-and-a-half years on, theyve found a loophole that will allow them to compete: if they can put aside their differences, they can skate together in pairs figure skating
Take two male figure skaters, throw in a preposterous storyline, and you've got Blades of Glory, a surprisingly funny film that almost makes you forgive Will Ferrell for his back-to-back 2005 clunkers Kicking & Screaming and Bewitched. This time around, Ferrell eats the scenery in his role as a sex-addicted, cocky skating champ named Chazz Michael Michaels. When he gets into an on-podium fight with his nemesis and co-gold medallist Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite), both skaters are banned from competing in men's figure-skating events. Forever. Their fall from grace is brutal. Chazz is forced to work for a D-list skating show, while pampered Jimmy is disowned by his wealthy and cold-hearted adoptive father (excellently played by William Fichtner), who only wants to be around winners. When Jimmy points out that he tied for gold, his dad cruelly says, "If I wanted to share, I would've bought you a brother." Flash forward 3-1/2 years and Jimmy's No. 1 stalker Hector (Nick Swardson) says he's found a loophole. Jimmy's been banned from men's singles events, but there's nothing that says he can't compete in pairs skating. After a chance meeting with Chazz, mayhem ensues as the two rivals team up to go against the brother-and-sister team of Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg (played by Will Arnett and his real-life wife, Amy Poehler of Saturday Night Live and Mean Girls fame). The Van Waldenbergs will stop at nothing to beat the competition, even if that means literally beating up the competition. They have no qualms manipulating their sweet little sister (Jenna Fischer, The Office) to seduce both men to try to break up the team.
The finale will be no surprise to moviegoers who know that comedies like this aren't set up to make its leading men losers. But there is one brief skating sequence set in North Korea that will surprise (and shock) many viewers because of its brutality. Ferrell and Heder make a great comedy team. Though he has been accused of playing the same role since his breakthrough performance in Napoleon Dynamite and, to a certain extent, plays a similar type of role here, Heder is spot-on as Jimmy. He manages to convey innocence, bitterness, and longing--all within the span of a few seconds and while wearing a peacock unitard (You can understand why Hector is so enthralled with him). Look for guest appearances by real-life skating champs Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Nancy Kerrigan, and Sasha Cohen, who gets to sniff Chazz's jockstrap. --Jae-Ha Kim
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I am not a Will Ferrell fan but this movie is hilarious. Great cast and lots of laughs! Could watch many times and find new things to chuckle at.Published 14 days ago by M. Wertheimer
It arrived as expected, the pricing was amazing and the video looks great. I am very happy with this purchase :)Published 1 month ago by loren boswell
Fun if you enjoy slapstick and sophomoric humor. Having few drinks while watching raises it a star.Published 1 month ago by Bridget Tonn
this movie cracks me up every time i see it.
Jon Heder is brilliant, and Ferrell does a great job.
This one is both interesting and funny enough to watch again and again. If you haven't seen this one yet, you will like this one, even if you don't happen to be a fan of ice... Read morePublished 1 month ago by HurricanesFan
Funny.. chemistry of the two main characters.. was great.. funny movie with cheesy innuendos and yet they made it funny...Enjoyed it..Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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|Blades of Glory Blu-ray Cancelled||
The Blu-ray Blades of Glory has been canceled and it's still outselling the HD-DVD version on Amazon. Nice.
Aug 20, 2007 by B. K. Erickson | See all 9 posts
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but hd dvd will be getting anchorman so it all works out =D
Aug 24, 2007 by Adam Templeton | See all 3 posts
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