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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Amy Poehler
Will Arnett
Jon Heder
Will Ferrell.
Directors
Josh Gordon
Will Speck.
Screenwriters
Craig Cox
Jeff Cox.
Running Time
93 mins minutes

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Blades Of Glory
Prancing on ice with Ferrell and Heder


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Plot
Rival figure-skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) are banned from the ice after a dust-up on the awards podium. Tired of their subsequent dead-end jobs, their only hope is to unite in glacial harmony and win as ice-dancing's only male pair.


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Blades Of Glory
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The Frat Pack seem to be working their way through a check-list of silly sports — after DodgeBall, Talladega Nights and now this, we’re due a comedy about competitive speed-walking. But despite sticking firmly to formula, there’s little denying that the Blades Of Glory team have hit paydirt. In the absurdity stakes, it’s hard to trump figure-skating, a sombre athletic pursuit which involves much girly twirling and dancing about on ice.

Of course, after Will Ferrell and Jon Heder are done, it doesn’t bear much relation to any sport practiced on this planet. Ferrell is blustering boor Chazz Michael Michaels, an “ice-devouring sex tornado” with an addiction to the dramatic — his act usually climaxes with jets of flame. Countering him is Heder as orphan Jimmy MacElroy, who shares the delicate artistic soul of the actor’s previous alter ego, Napoleon Dynamite — his solo routine involves a winsome peacock hand-puppet.

It’s business as usual for the pair of them: alpha-male-slob schtick and lunatic one-liners from Ferrell, silly preening and wrinkled noses from Heder. But familiarity sometimes breeds content. For the most part their insults and non-sequiturs are funny and their characters likeable, more than you can say for Talladega Nights’ Ricky Bobby or anything Heder’s done since Dynamite.

The best bits take place on the ice. The sight of two men gyrating around on frozen water is inherently funny. It’s funnier still set to the score from Flash Gordon, with one partner lifting the other by the crotch while both are clad in faux-chrome Lycra bodysuits.

What Blades Of Glory lacks is the relentless hit rate of a DodgeBall or Zoolander, its two most obvious influences. Both those films had a clutch of brilliantly zany supporting characters to prop up the stars, but sadly there’s no Patches O’Houlihan or Mugatu here. A small subplot involving an obsessed fan stalking Heder is pretty feeble, while, unforgivably, Arrested Development’s Will Arnett is badly underused as a villain a hair away from Gob Bluth, his perma-smirking magician in AD. Arnett does at least appear in one of the movie’s best scenes: a low-speed chase across town which demonstrates why ice-skates shouldn’t be worn off-rink.


Verdict
Formula rules, as Ferrell applies his schtick to another sport. But there’s enough silly spectacle and eye-popping costumes to compensate.


Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen

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Funny, and all. Will Ferrell is flat-out funny, but it's not a comedy classic. ... More

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Posted by nc_jj at 04:12, 10 January 2010 | Report This Post


Genius...

"I'm a sex addict. It's my cross to bear. It's a real disease with doctors and medicine and everything!"..."Hey, MacElroy, was that your routine or a performance of Cirque de So Lame?"..."What do you guys have that all other teams don't have?....Twin dongs?" ... More

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Posted by Jim Bob at 16:14, 18 June 2008 | Report This Post


Will Ferrel and Jon Header? A comedy duo made in heaven!

This film was great! Highly entertaining, full of great jokes (This ends tonight! I'ts day time you doosh! Love it!) and is a must see! And if you haven't, what you waiting for! Get your skates on and get moving! (You like what I did there lol) ... More

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Posted by Empo at 15:31, 21 January 2008 | Report This Post


great!

Not perfect but great and a film for Will Ferrel fans everywhere! John and Will have a great comedy chemistry in this film and that is really apparant in the scene where there 69 on the ice (which always cracks me up!) the faces that they pull are right on track and I wouldn't be surprised if they didn'#t crack up laughing on nearly every take! However it loses a star because it does drag a bit towards the end ... More

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Posted by Empo at 12:52, 10 October 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Superb

SNOWFLAKE ... More

Posted by the sangypange at 15:18, 18 August 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Superb

I was on a long flight home from the states and this movie made me laugh.   It wasn't as good as Anchorman, but it had some brilliantly wacky and inventive bits.   I forgot about the Louis Armstrong quote. I love things like that.   But for me I loved the chase on the iced river at the end. Ferrell being chased by the bad guy and having to dodge all manner of things was funny. ... More

Posted by Private Hudson at 04:54, 18 August 2007 | Report This Post


Superb

Seen it when it came out in the cinema and loved it. Purchased it on DVD tonight and just watched it again, brilliant! Will Ferrell is class as always. ... More

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Posted by FortWilliamLoyal at 23:15, 07 August 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Blades of Glory

Loved this film, i thought will farrell and jon heder had a great comic connection. Very funny throughout. And the ice skating was well done.   ... More

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Posted by Marty5 at 07:23, 06 August 2007 | Report This Post


Utterly amazing I loved every minuit of it.This is a comedy that you will watch over and over again!!I would recommend it to anyone who asks Ferrel is so funny in this and jon heder is good to but up the with Ferrels best!!!!! ... More

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Posted by ryanand conor at 22:09, 05 August 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Blades of Glory

Nothing new to add to what has already been said (I think... I skipped the last couple of posts so if I am stealing thunder then, sorry guys) except....   I went to see this with a group of friends who, myself included, had all had a few beers.  We were in a great mood and, having enjoyed most films from Ferrell and having laughed ourselves silly at the steak throwing scene (amongst others) in Napoleon Dynamite we knew that we weren't going to be challanged with philsoph... More

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Posted by Caffine Rage at 14:35, 04 May 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Blades of Glory

Brilliant - a good comedy should make you wet yourself - and as the commentator observed "Scott, I think I just wet my pants" this one nearly did! I was hurting in the cinema watching Ferrell holding Heder - that look on his face during their first routines! Comedy Silver for me - not quite an Anchorman, but sure beats over-rated crap like Tallegeda Nights. That. Film. Was. Not. Funny. ... More

Posted by BenClay2005 at 10:39, 04 May 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Blades of Glory

too much like zoolander ... More

Posted by Lang at 19:32, 23 April 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Suitably funny, but no Anchorman

I thought this movie was great , not quite in the league of Anchorman but a lot better than Talladega Nights . It lacked the all round characterisation of Anchorman merely relying on for the most part , Will Ferrel to be funny  whereas in Anchorman lots of characters were humourous . But it was still solid enough with some great one liners , like : "They laughed at Louis Armstrong when he said he was going to the moon , now hes up there laughing at them" ... More

Posted by Beno at 15:10, 23 April 2007 | Report This Post


Suitably funny, but no Anchorman

Blades of Glory looks like it's going to be hilarious. It's got proven comedy potential, especially in the form of Ferrell and Heder, who look like a formidable funny double act from the start. Also, in the theatrical sport of figure skating, it has a target ripe for satire, and potentially a comedy sports movie to rival Dodgeball. However, whilst Blades is certainly funny, and will provide a decent Friday night movie for Frat Pack fans, it fails to recapture the absurdity of Anchorman, the h... More

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Posted by britesparc at 18:30, 22 April 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Blades Of Glory

Everything up to the debut fire and ice routine was just ok. After that point, I thought the film got way better. Many of the jokes were brilliant, although many of the one-liners from Ferrell were said in a very Ron Burgendy way. The Van Waldenbergs were brilliant support too.   Anchorman/Zoolander/Dodgeball it ain't, but getting closer. ... More

Posted by eaws1 at 15:43, 21 April 2007 | Report This Post


I absolutely loved this, I'm a confirmed Ferrell fan and watch Anchorman too often for my own good but on first viewing this could possibly top the might of Ron and co! Highlights are the incredibly slow chase scene and Jenna Fischer all tarted up! ... More

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Posted by Silver Fox at 11:40, 18 April 2007 | Report This Post


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I found it hilarious. The guy next to me in the cinema didn't laugh once! How could he not. Heder and Ferrel make a brilliant pair. The new Stiller and Wilson. 9/10 ... More

Posted by SophaEzz at 11:58, 15 April 2007 | Report This Post


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just got back from this....... i found it really really boring, there were a few laughs but i could have read a book and watched this movie at the same time, nothing all that funny in it but it was extra gay... like those pink leather pants the enemy guy was wearing towards the end, wow they were special did like it when luke wilson turned up so for that its getting 2/5 from me ... More

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Posted by ednamode at 01:12, 15 April 2007 | Report This Post


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Brilliant, absolutely hilarious. The bit where Michaels is being chased by the Stranz Van Waldenburg and they stop after Snowflake has been hit in the head with the crossbow is gold.  The fact that MacElroy's adopted dad makes no further appearance after booting him out is also brilliant. Oh, and Katie Van Waldenburg is amazing.   8/10 ... More

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Posted by Paul2j at 15:14, 14 April 2007 | Report This Post


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L: Peter Dragon Quote of the flick for me "I love you Jimmy...................but I'm still gonna kill you" and "I wanna wear your skin"y favourite was Stranz's "Ah, mom and dad. Remember when they used to be alive?" ... More

Posted by Casserine at 14:48, 13 April 2007 | Report This Post


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Quote of the flick for me "I love you Jimmy...................but I'm still gonna kill you" and "I wanna wear your skin" Good but not brilliant, 2.5 out of 5 for me. I'll second the appreciation for Will Arnett and his missus, they nearly steal the show but aren't given enough screen time. ... More

Posted by Peter Dragon at 14:46, 13 April 2007 | Report This Post


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L: moviemaniac2 Comic gold for this disposable ice-skating comedy, Ferrell delivers some very big laughs, with game assistance from fey Heder. hat's Total Film's review! Spammer! ... More

Posted by Zao at 14:40, 13 April 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Loved it and laughed a lot

2"]There's no accounting for taste, especially in matters of the funny. While one person could see an Adam Sandler film and think "Hah, this is hilarious, Adam Sandler is the comedic genius of our age”, another person could see the same film and think "Hah, I'd rather stick my head in a toaster oven than endure another minute of this.” 2"] 2"]Comedy is a fickle thing, varying greatly from one person to the next. I was once in a room with a girl I didn't know very well. The Simpsons wer... More

Posted by Casserine at 14:38, 13 April 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Loved it and laughed a lot

L: mpilotti Has a lot more depth to it than I expected - mainly because it knows exactly how to poke fun at the ice skating world (including the "enthusiastic" fans). I wonder what other sport related film Ferrell has in mind for the future .... sp; uk.imdb.com/title/tt0839980/p; Basketball next... ... More

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Posted by Indio at 16:00, 12 April 2007 | Report This Post


Loved it and laughed a lot

Has a lot more depth to it than I expected - mainly because it knows exactly how to poke fun at the ice skating world (including the "enthusiastic" fans). I wonder what other sport related film Ferrell has in mind for the future .... ... More

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