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Restrained Ferrell + Man/Woman Heder = A Funny Pair

  • Sep 14, 2007
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Will Ferrell and Jon Heder combine forces to pull off a very funny comedy about ice skating in "Blades of Glory." Sure, they essentially play themselves, but they are an excellent duo on the screen. Ferrell plays Chazz Michael Michaels, a "lone wolf" bad boy who has taken the ice skating world by storm. Heder is the loveable orphan turned skating phenom, Jimmy McElroy. After a brief character introduction of Jimmy, the film wastes no time in putting the leads at each other's throats. After a disastrous event in Stockholm, they are banned from men's skating competition for life by a board that features Dorothy Hamill, Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano and Peggy Fleming. Three-and-a-half years pass, with both skaters falling on hard times. Jimmy works in a skate shop and Chazz is boozing it up in a "Grublets on Ice" show. Thanks to a loophole found by Jimmy's favorite stalker, Hector (Nick Swardson), though, the two reunite as pairs competitors under the tutelage of Jimmy's former coach (played by Craig T. Nelson).

What follows is Heder pulling off a hilariously effeminate performance and Ferrell being Ferrell but with some much needed restraint. Chazz is given all of the best one-liners and oozes sleazeball sexism. Jimmy is sweet, caring, and totally sheltered. The film plays off of these polarizing differences to make for a very comedic flick that doesn't run too long nor does it lose it's mood or pacing. Heck, even Heder's love interest angle with Jenna Fischer doesn't derail the fun as happened with Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams in "Wedding Crashers." Throw in a cold adoptive father (the oft-underused William Fichtner) and the devious darlings of pairs skating (played wonderfully by Will Arnett and real-life wife, Amy Poehler) and you have a solid comedy.

The DVD is wonderful, packed full of special features including a fun look at psychofan Hector and a very interesting peek at the skating sequences. The digital transfer is wonderful. The colors pop off of the screen.

Overall, this is a very funny flick that's worthy of multiple viewings. I highly recommend it.

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Take two male figure skaters, throw in a preposterous storyline, and you've gotBlades of Glory, a surprisingly funny film that almost makes you forgive Will Ferrell for his back-to-back 2005 clunkersKicking & ScreamingandBewitched. 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 ofSaturday Night LiveandMean Girlsfame). The Van Waldenbergs will stop at nothing to beat the...
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