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On Edge (2004)

Jason Alexander , Tai Babilonia , Karl Slovin  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Alexander, Tai Babilonia, Andrew Bilgore, Jennifer Birchfield-Eick, Kirk Blada
  • Directors: Karl Slovin
  • Writers: Karl Slovin, Laura Wolf
  • Producers: Jennifer Birchfield-Eick, Karl Slovin, Jenni Gold, Jessica Stockton, Jude Gerard Prest
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018YC1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "On Edge" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Cast interviews

Editorial Reviews

A mock documentary in the fashion of Christopher Guest's Best in Show, On Edge is a sardonic, occasionally insightful look at the surreal world of figure skating. A fictitious film crew follows behind-the-scenes dramas as three girls work their way through an amateur competition circuit toward fame, glory, and, perhaps, Olympic gold. We meet Veda, a miserable blonde dogged by a severe backstage mom (Wendie Malick) and male groupies; the sluttish, chain-smoking, Tonya Harding-esque J.C. Cain (A.J. Langer); and the hefty Wendy Wodinski (Marissa Jaret Winokur of the Hairspray musical), shrugging off insults about her weight. Jason Alexander, as Zamboni Phil, the man who's seen it all, serves as unofficial host and commentator. Kathy Griffin has some good moments as an aging competitor, and actor John Glover, sporting impressive biceps, is very funny as a Russian trainer. Real-life skaters Scott Hamilton (under heavy disguise), Kristi Yamaguchi, and Randy Gardner add to the overall verisimilitude. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Three cold-hearted rivals train, toil and plot their way to figure skating fame in his hilarious mockumentary about skating for gloryand knocking the competition out cold! Starring Jason Alexander, Scott Hamilton, A.J. Langer, Wendie Malick and Kathy Griffinand featuring hilarious cameos by Olympic luminaries Kristi Yamaguchi, Peter Carruthers and Tai BabiloniaOn Edge is a raucous, riotous, razor-sharp romp! When it comes to skating, Zamboni Phil (Alexander) has seen it alluntil he sees Veda, a frosty femme fatale with a heart of ice; Wendy, a plus-size performer with an appetite for gold; and J.C., a determined delinquent with a plan to ice the competition. Skating and scheming to glittering glory, the trio must finally face off in a sequined fight to the finishwhere the only thing sharper than their skates is their cutthroat ambition!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really, Really Funny, Even if You Don't Like Skating February 18, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
You don't have to be a fan of figure skating to love ON EDGE, but if you are, it'll kill you. Where else can you get Jason Alexander ("George" from SEINFELD) alongside Kristi Yamaguchi and Scott Hamilton? But they aren't even the best parts of this feel-good satire (a major accomplishment in itself) akin to BEST OF SHOW, because relative newcomers Langer and Winokur steal their scenes. You'll want them to star in the next big thing after they make you believe so intensely in their characters. I saw this at a film festival and haven't been able to get it out of my head, since. Did you like TALK RADIO or LARRY SANDERS? Then you'll love this behind-the-scenes look at skating. It's what those "Up Close and Personal" profiles during the Olympics DON'T show you, but you wish they did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too true, too funny March 28, 2004
By Sonora
You don't have to be a figs fan to enjoy this hilarious mockumentary about the world of figure skating. I saw this in its brief appearance in the theatres a couple of years ago, and was completely stoked to see it released on DVD.
We watched it with a crowd of figure skating people immediately after Ladies Finals from Worlds in Germany-what a great juxtaposition! The loony in the tutu skating out on the ice during Michelle's warm up, followed by this lulu of a movie. Wendie Malick is perfect as the over involved skating mother-do I know a few like her! And the girl who plays bad girl skater JC Cain needs to be a star-she was wonderful! "It's hard to be Courtney Love when they want Celine Dion."
There really needs to be a sequel with pairs and dance covered, as well as the whacky world of international competition.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's finally here!!!! March 15, 2004
I was fortunate enough to see this film at a film festival two and a half years ago with my father. And the result was absolute hilarity. The film is definately in the spirit of Christopher Guest's "This is Spinal Tap" and "Waiting for Guffman". I had hoped and prayed that this great film would make it's way into the mainstream, but alas my prayers were never answered. But, lo and behold, I was checking on the internet and decided to try one last chance and lucky lucky me it's finally here! I urge you to rent this or buy this straight away. You will laugh your ass off.
The plot is simple but briliant. A dorky documentarian decides to go into the life of figure skating. We meet three talented but somewhat unorthodox skaters that tell the documentarian that all they want is to go all the way to the top. When the film isn't focused on the protagonists it switches between other skaters wanting the same thing, Note: watch for the scene with the twins in the dog outfits, it's hilarious, the same with the Oriental figure skater by the end of the film who isn't all she appears to be. In the midst of all this we also meet the resident philosopher who is also the janitor of the skating rink. All in all this film is a must see and laugh. Buy it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zany Satire on Competitive Skating November 12, 2004
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This is a hilarious film following 3 very different women as they claw their up the ladder of competitive skating. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and played it again and again several times. I think Scott Hamilton in the role of an effete ex-judge was an absolute scream, and he really is quite a scene stealer. It's a great film for anybody, but if you follow figure skating, you'll enjoy cameos of former Olympians as judges. Poor Peter Carruthers is a stitch when he is assigned a rather unusual task. The fat jokes get to be a tad old towards the end, but overall I felt this film was cute and fun. It is light entertainment at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WICKEDLY FUNNY!!!!! March 25, 2004
I just lucked into seeing this movie. It was slap-your-knee funny and the mockumentary style was perfect. I can't believe I didn't hear about it before. It was delightful.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MISSES THE MARK... July 18, 2004
This film presents an interesting idea gone bad: a mockumentary of the figure skating world. What could be better? After all, this is a sport beset by the individual caprices of its judges, win-at- all-cost personalities, and a certain effete snobbishness. Unfortunately, the screenplay writers, Karl Slovin and Laura Wolf, churn out a leaden script, and the director, Karl Slovin, compounds his badly written script with ham-handed direction. Even accomplished funny man, Jason Alexander, falls flat in this film.
The film focuses on a number of characters who are competing in a local figure skating competition with an eye towards the Regional competition, with Zamboni Phil (Jason Alexander) functioning as a sort of Greek chorus or commentator. The three primary characters are Veda (Barret Swatek), J.C. Cain (A.J. Langer), and Wendy Wodinski (Marissa Jaret Winokur). The film focuses on their struggle to compete and what happens to them during competition.
The fully focused Veda, with her stage mother, Mildred (Wendie Malick), in tow, is the revered local front runner, though she harbors a secret desire to be something other than a future Olympian. J.C. Cain is the hard living, drug taking, beer swilling Tanya Harding wanna-be from the wrong side of the tracks. Wendy Wodinsky is a great skater but quite fat and, consequently, the catalyst for any number of gratuitous fat jokes, most of them unfunny. They are all in awe of the Regional competition favorite, who is the initial Regional winner, but who, in a very funny scene, immediately runs into a problem in retaining the title.
A.J. Langer is quite good in the role of the competition's bad girl. Newcomer Barret Swatek performs admirably in the role of Veda.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars On Edge
If you know anything about our amateur and professional skaters, you'll get a kick out of the similarities of the cast of characters in this movie. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by 80 Grama
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible! Terrible! ...
Reviews are pretty accurate with character descriptions. One girl is a classic skating brat with the matching stage mom in the big coat. Read more
Published on March 12, 2006 by Mali
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the 0 star rating?
I tried watching this DVD with a friend last weekend and, almost an hour into it, we decided to eject the disc and go to bed -- and it was only 6 pm!!! Read more
Published on November 19, 2005 by Stef
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Mocumentary
I like mockumentaries and thought this one had potential as the ice skating world is ripe for picking, but it was not to be. Read more
Published on August 19, 2005 by James R. Mckinley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Figure Skating "Waiting for Guffman"
This "mock documentary" comedic slap at the often times pretentious world of "I'll act sweet for the public, but really I'll drive a knife in your back to get ahead" female U. S. Read more
Published on August 2, 2005 by Seita Jongebloed
3.0 out of 5 stars So so
Just like 'Best in Show' and 'Drop Dead Gorgeous', this is a mockumentory about the competitive world of figure skating. Read more
Published on July 6, 2004 by Johny Bottom
2.0 out of 5 stars When a good idea goes bad....
In the style of "Best in Show" and "Waiting for Guffman," this movie is a behind the scene look at ladies figure skating. Read more
Published on April 2, 2004
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