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Blades of Glory 2007

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Bitter figure skating rivals Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) brawl after tying for the gold medal at the world championships. Banned for life from men's competition, these archrivals beat the system thanks to a loophole that allows them to skate again in competition!

Starring:
Will Ferrell, Jon Heder
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Sports, Comedy
Director Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Starring Will Ferrell, Jon Heder
Supporting actors Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer, William Fichtner, Craig T. Nelson, Romany Malco, Nick Swardson, Scott Hamilton, Andy Richter, Greg Lindsay, Rob Corddry, Nick Jameson, Tom Virtue, Ben Wilson, William Daniels, Zachary Ferren, Rémy Girard, Steven M. Gagnon
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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This has got to be one of the funniest movies that I have ever seen. I laughed so hard that I walked out of this movie feeling as if I had done 200 crunches. There were very few low points in which the humor died down. Most of the time I was in tears, laughing hysterically.

The story is about 2 male skaters that are extremely competitive. Their scores were tied and they both shared the Gold medal spot for a brief moment. They began fighting which resulted in their removal from the men's single ice skating competitions for the rest of their lives. After failing to achieve any sort of happiness with odd jobs (Ferrell ends up skating for a children's ice show and Heder ends up working for an ice skating shop)they agree to skate together in the couple's skating competitions.

Ferrell plays a sex addicted, egotistical guy who seems to be very low on the IQ scale. Heder plays a soft, effeminate guy who has lived a very priviledged life (until he gets kicked out of men's skating and his adoptive father disowns him). The two personalities clash to no end.

My husband and I truly enjoyed this show. There are a lot of sexual references made in the movie but it's used in a hilarious way. I wouldn't recommend younger children watching the movie simply because of the references.
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I also find Will Ferrell a bit hit or miss. When he's on, he's on and when he's off it can be painful to watch. With this movie, though, he really hit the mark. It's chock full of silliness and sight gags that make watching it a lot of fun. There is some very crude humor and some gross-out moments but I thought Ferrell was rather more restrained than he sometimes is and that certainly worked to the advantage of this movie. The character in this movie is more or less interchangeable with most Ferrell characters but that's not the point. The point is the sheer silliness of the plot, the over the top events, and the hilarity of watching skating star after skating star make often surprising cameo appearances.

Jon Heder is really wonderful in this movie. Where Ferrell is pure silliness, Heder is good at creating some nuance in his characters. Though his characters tend to be spacey and weird, he does a good job of making them somewhat real. He has a good sense for when understatement can do a great deal more than something very overt and obvious. I think he is a great talent and look forward to seeing more of him.

As far as slapstick comedies go, this one is something of a gem and is worth watching solely for the hilariously silly skating routine at the end of the movie. Ferrell and Heder make a great duo and I'd like to see them do another movie together.
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Movie - 4.5

I've always been a fan of Will Ferrell. His juvenile hijinks, potty-mouth humor, and physical mannerisms are something I've come to enjoy over the course of his career, and not even so much during his SNL stint, but from his work in Anchorman on up. Meanwhile, Jon Heder certainly made his mark in comedy with his portrayal of the socially awkward and quirky Napoleon Dynamite, something of a surprising low-budget oddity that probably caught a lot of other people off guard as well. Put these two together in a movie produced by, you guessed it, Ben Stiller, and you've got a very silly and over-the-top sports comedy. Like a certain other Ben Stiller film about the comedic sports underdog story (Dodgeball), Blades of Glory is another mishmash of elements that is meant to, first and foremost, entertain, but also give some kind of weird, outlandish version of inspiration at the same time. Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) are figure skating's top two stars. Skills-wise, they're the best at what they do, but couldn't be more opposite from one another in terms of personality. Hating each others' guts and being forced to share Olympic gold, they get into a scuffle during the awards ceremony and are banned for life from singles skating. But upon an urging by MacElroy's creepiest and most obsessed fan, Hector (Nick Swardson), a loophole is found in the rules saying MacElroy can still compete in doubles. Predictably, as if you couldn't tell by the cover, MacElroy and Michaels become male doubles skating partners and attempt to achieve gold once again. If you know Will Ferrell's style of comedy and like it, then there's not much else to be said.
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This film does give us that stereotypical plotline about the underdog team coming together, overcoming all obstacles and nefairious opponents, and winning the championships (sorry if I spoiled it for you there...the sport is the film is ice skating, by the way.) But with Will Ferrell starring, this film is anything but "average" or "ordinary"...just watch the scene where he's drunk at the kiddie ice show...if you're not busting a gut, you may need to have your head examined. As a sidenote, I will say that this film doesn't measure up to Taladegia Knights, a film of Will Ferrell's that was so amazing that I will be comparing all his past, present, and future works to it from now on. This film definetely holds it's own in that catagory. Playing opposite Mr. Ferrell is Jon Heder as the "leading lady" (watch the film to get the joke there.) As another sidenote, I was highly impressed when I found out that Mr. Heder actually speaks Japanese fluently and didn't just learn enough for that scene...I just like when an actor brings something extra like that to a production. Oh, and sorry about your ankle, Mr. Heder. Anyway, these two were the highlight of the movie (shocking since they were it's stars, but those titles were well-earned.) Playing opposite them were Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, a real-life married couple who played siblings for the film (can't quite wrap my head around that one...they did come off creepy, which I guess was the point.) Playing this dasderly duo's younger sister is Jenna Fischer. While I have no doubt that Miss Fischer has talent as an actress, I didn't really buy into the innocence and timidness that she was trying to portray...I think it worked better for Jon Heder's character. But in my book, none of these characters could surpass the performance given by Craig T.Read more ›
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