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  • Feb 24, 2010
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How is it that a slapstick Will Ferrell comedy about figure skating is more relevant in 2010 than it was in 2007 when it was released?  The screenwriter must have been psychic!

I completely wrote this movie off when it first came out as another silly (even stupid) Ferrell flick since I was never really a fan of him.  This movie also tries to capitalize on the cult popularity of Jon Heder after the success of the loser comedy Napoleon Dynamite.  Ferrell portrays a macho sex-crazed “from the streets” figure skater, who doesn’t play by the rules. Heder portrays the effeminate figure skater who’s been groomed from childhood by his tycoon adoptive father, who also has several other adopted competitive children in his stable.

Three years after being stripped of their gold medals and getting banned from banned for life from Men’s Singles Figure Skating by the World Winter Sports Games (spoof of the Olympics) for fighting on the podium, the two men team up to become the world’s first same sex Figure Skating Pair.  As a result of two men competing together, their coach has determined that they have the strength to successfully execute the deadly Iron Lotus maneuver, which resulted in the decapitation of the female skater when last performed in North Korea. o_O

There are a few things that make this movie more relevant today than in 2007. First of all, 2010 happens to be the year of the winter Olympics in Vancouver and never has the male Figure Skating Competition turned it into a costume fashion show as they have this year. U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir drew criticism from animal rights-activities for having a piece of fur on one of his costumes.  Gold Medal Winner Evan Lysacek’s feathery unitard from his Short Program Performance was designed by Vera Wang. How ironic that the opening scene of “Blades of Glory” had Heder in a flashy, flamboyant peacock costume! Suddenly, satire becomes reality…and the joke is on us!  I don’t think anyone who watched “Blades of Glory” in 2007 would have thought for a second that a similar costume would actually make it into Olympic competition in three short years!

Another running joke within the movie is Ferrell’s sex-addicted character.  He even says that is a “real disease with medications and stuff”.  It was only three years ago when sex addiction was still a joke.  Now we have Tiger Woods commandeering our televisions to announce his treatment for sex addiction.

Finally, let’s not forget one of my most hilarious scenes in the movie: Ferrell singing “My Humps” (aka The Hump Song) by Black Eyed Peas while running on a treadmill, proclaiming that is the only song he will to skate to.  “My Humps” was quite easily the most annoying song of the decade and yet the Black Eyed Peas are still around, thriving…and still cranking out #1 songs.

I am glad I watched "Blades of Glory" in 2010 as I’m sure I was able to have a much greater appreciated for the humor than I would have in 2007.  I’m wonder when the International Skating Union (ISU) will get with modern times and allow same sex pairs in competition, as I’m fully expecting to see the Iron Lotus performed to a Black Eyed Peas song by a sex addict in 2014.
 

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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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