Two rival Olympic figure skaters are banned for life, only to find
a loophole and compete together as the first male pairs team.
Blades of Glory (2007)
Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck
Written by Jeff Cox, Craig Cox, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky
Starring Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Jenna Fischer,
Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Craig T. Nelson,
William Fichtner, Nick Swardson, Romany Malco
Blades of Glory may not be the funniest movie that Will Ferrell's ever done, but it certainly has its moments. It's worth watching for the great performances and how it parodies inspirational sports dramas. Ferrell's chemistry with Jon Heder is pretty good, both as rivals and partners. The supporting cast is decent as well. The film suffers from predictability and a great deal of jokes that fail to land. As I said, it's a far cry from Ferrell's best, but it isn't a bad movie.
Will Ferrell's is the funniest part of the movie, playing a bad boy Olympic figure skater named Chazz Michael Michaels, who is also a sex addict and a self-proclaimed Lone Wolf. Chazz is a hilarious character for Ferrell and most of his lines are either comedy gold or completely ridiculous. Jon Heder tries to keep up with him as Jimmy MacElroy, who's basically a child who never grew up, but his character just doesn't have the same capability for laughs. Will Arnett and Amy Poehler play the villains, Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg, a sibling skater team who are very weird. Their characters are funny at times, but in the end, they're just too bizarre.
Blades of Glory has a lot of the same problems that most parody movies do. The ending is going to be exactly the same as the rest and after the inevitable win, there won't be anyplace else for the movie to go. The film is worth watching for a good chuckle every now and again, but if you're looking for top notch comedy entertainment, stick to Anchorman or Talladega Nights.