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Fun Show Wins for Original Style and Execution, Falters for Familiar Routines

  • Aug 28, 2007
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Even doing a comedy, a movie about figure skating would have to have the perfect choreography and glossy scenes. `Blades of Glory' does just that even as a fun and frolicking movie that both pokes fun and pays homage to a graceful sport. If not you wouldn't have the ample cameos from Scott Hamilton, Peggy Fleming, Brian Botano, Nancy Kerrigan, et al. who authenticate this loopy glide through skating. Just like the rest of us, they like to lighten up and have a few laughs.

The movie introduces a rivalry between men's figure skating champions Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder `Napoleon Dynamite') and Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Farrell). The two couldn't be more different. Jimmy is adopted by a wealthy patron who spots him doing a pirouette on the ice of an orphanage headed by a priest. Dysfunctional, he nevertheless, absorbs all the amenities of a silver spoon lifestyle. In contrast, Chazz has grown up on "the other side of the tracks". Brought up bereft, rough in deed and stubble, this tattoo-toting sex-addict hails from Detroit and rises up as a rebel crowd favorite, cheering him on to beat his rich boy rival. Having to share the limelight at a medal ceremony, both skaters get into a brawl that has them both banned from competition for life.

From here they split to separate, humiliating lives: Chazz is a performer in "Grublets on Ice," an "Ice Follies" family show that's as empty as his whiskey flask after a drinking binge. Jimmy is reduced to fitting people with skates at a sports' outfitter. When Jimmy's adoring friend, Hector, pays a visit, they find an escape clause to get out of their life sentence imposed by The National Skating Federation. When another fight gets both has-been skaters on the news, a replayed videotape gives Jimmy's Coach (Craig T. Nelson, who else?) a brilliant idea.

Now both men will have to work together to win a couples' skating championship. But with so much animosity, who will lead and who will follow? Added to their dilemma, sibling pair prodigies, Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenburg ('SNL''s Will Arnett and Amy Poehler)," are a nasty nemeses. Born "out of the wombs and onto the ice" they won't spare their younger sister, Katie (Jenna Fichel, Pam of 'Office' fame) to do their dirty work, scheming and spying on the same gender couple.

`Blades of Glory' is good entertainment. It wins for pace and execution (5.9), is original in style (5.5), and the form of the story is a crowd pleaser (5.4), with enough twists and turns in the development to maintain our interest (5.6), but has some loopy (loop de loop) lines that are familiar for a fun and cheesy franchise (5.2). Glitzy and funny.

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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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