Blades of Glory

Blades of Glory

Will Speck, Josh Gordon (2007)

89min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
After Elf, Anchorman and Talladega Nights, the ungainly, 6ft 3in Saturday Night Live alumnus Will Ferrell further proves his versatility in this enjoyable if trite sports movie spoof. Ferrell plays sex-addicted, skating bad boy Chazz Michael Michaels, who, along with his effeminate nemesis Jimmy MacElroy (Napoleon Dynamite's goofy Jon Heder) is banned from the sport after their rivalry degenerates into an unseemly brawl. But to get back on the ice, the pair are eventually forced to team up and enter the world championships as the sport's first ever male/male pair. It's a technical triumph from commercials-schooled directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon, as real-life skating action is mixed with some spectacular effects-based moves, but Ferrell and Heder provide funky physical comedy in close-up, too. Much of the humour comes from the overtly homoerotic nature of their routines, and their gradually thawing relationship. There's also fine support from Amy Poehler and Arrested Development's Will Arnett as their camp and pretentious opponents.

Summary

A bad-boy figure skater and his effeminate arch-enemy are banned from the sport after their intense rivalry results in a brawl. However, the pair find a loophole in the regulations allowing them to enter the world championships as the first ever same-sex pair - if they can put aside their differences long enough to compete. Comedy, starring Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett and Amy Poehler.

Cast & Crew

Chazz Michael Michaels Will Ferrell
Jimmy MacElroy Jon Heder
Stranz Van Waldenberg Will Arnett
Fairchild Van Waldenberg Amy Poehler
Coach Craig T Nelson
Katie Van Waldenberg Jenna Fischer
Darren MacElroy William Fichtner
Jesse Romany Malco
Hector Nick Swardson
Bryce Rob Corddry
Director Will Speck
Director Josh Gordon
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Pictures UK Guidance: Some violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 6 Apr 2007

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