This film is a hoot from start to finish. It has many corny, cringe moments which makes it great to watch with loved ones or friends.
Will Ferrell is Chazz Michael Michaels, the bad-boy of competitive figure skating. Jon Heder is Jimmy MacElroy, his most skilled rival. Chazz has probably spent most of his life with fast women, frequenting rock concerts and drugged up or drunk out of his mind. Jimmy on the other hand has spent his whole life in the care of his adopted billionaire father who trained him for glory since he showed an aptitude for skating at an early age.
A fierce rivalry drives these two oddballs, who couldn"t be more different, to compete against one another. Michaels is the American sex-addicted, leather-trouser-wearing, self-proclaimed rockstar of skating. MacElroy is the Scandinavian blonde-haired, fey young man wearing peacock feathers and pastel coloured leotards.
They trash-talk each other and exchange taunts, not even willing to acknowledge each others talent. When they tie for the Gold medal of a major competition they begin a fight on the podium that spills over onto the ice in front of millions of fans worldwide. The pair are disgraced and banned forever from competitive men's singles skating.
Fast forward three-and-a-half years. The next major tournament is just six months away and both men are shadows of their former selves. Michaels is overweight and drinking even more heavily than before and Jimmy is in nowhere town. Both of them are in pathetic, humdrum jobs.
In a perfect example of movie-contrivance a loophole in the rules is found and Michaels and MacElroy team up, to their total abhorrence, to skate in the pairs event. Can they put aside personal differences to win the gold? And will they master the lethal oriental Iron Lotus skating move?
In Blades of Glory, as he always seems to be these days, Will Ferrell is on top comedy form. And Jon Heder, who quite honestly annoyed me in Nepolean Dynamite, also shines. Heder tones down the geekiness just enough to make him tolerable and between them they make Blades of Glory the funniest film of the year so far.
Simply for the amount of laughs in this film it's got to be highly recommended. It"s a perfect popcorn movie that moves along nicely and doesn"t last too long. You"ll never need to take your brain out of first gear and when you leave the cinema you"ll still be laughing and saying how silly, but enjoyable, the film was. It"ll also be a good addition to your DVD collection as no doubt there will be plenty of extra material on offer and commentaries from Ferrell and Heder.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. When rival figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder) go ballistic in an embarrassing, no-holds-barred fight at the World Championships, they are stripped of their gold medals and banned from the sport for life. Now, three-and-a-half years on, they've found a loophole that will allow them to compete: if they can put aside their differences, they can skate together - in pairs' figure skating.
Will Ferrell comedy romp set in the world of figure-skating. When rival figure skaters Chaz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy McElroy ('Napoleon Dynamite' star Jon Heder) start battering each other on an Olympic podium in front of the world's press, they're stripped of their gold gongs and banned from the sport for life. Several years down the line and they're reduced to IceCapades-type ice theatre shows and hating it considerably. There's one loophole that might get them back into competing but it involves them pairing up and becoming the first male-male pair in world figure skating. Their macho male egos are only two of the obstacles they need to overcome, and hating each other's guts certainly doesn't help...