Blades of Glory

  • 12
  • Will Speck, Josh Gordon (2007)
  • US
  • 89 min
Blades of Glory
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Ice-skating comedy starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. Skating bad boy Chazz Michael Michaels is forced, after a life ban, to team up with effeminate nemesis Jimmy MacElroy and enter the world championships, via a loophole, as the sport's first male/male pair. But can their natural antagonism be overcome in time for the final?

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Will Speck
Director
Josh Gordon

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount Pictures UK
Guidance: 
Some violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 6 Apr 2007
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Paramount Home Entertainment
Categories
Comedy

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