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Blades of Glory (2007)


7/10: Blades of Hilarity
Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Will Ferrell & Jon Heder 'odd couple' buddy comedy "Blades of Glory" pokes a lot of good-natured humor at straight-up masculinity with its hilarious pairing of two guys as figure skaters in a competitive sport traditionally dominated by male & female teams rather than a same sex twosome. Imagine the D.B. Sweeney & Moira Kelly romantic comedy "The Cutting Edge" (1992) with two dudes ice-skating in tandem instead of the usual male & female duo, and you've got an adequate idea about what to expect from co-directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon in their big-screen debut.Speck and Gordon called the shots on two short comedy films, "Angry Boy" (1996) and "Culture" (1998), but they are best known for a number of Geico commercials that they have helmed along with the Super Bowl spot TV commercial 'Exaggerating Dad' for Emerald Nuts. Were it not for the brilliance of Ferrell and Heder in the lead roles, this...

3/10: Here We Go Again - Too Much The Same Overdone Crudeness
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

First of all, a handful of questions......What happened to subtle humor? Why do filmmakers like this think they have to kick you in the testicles to get a laugh, or is it just hilarious to them? Don't they ever have jokes that the audience has to use their brains to figure it out? Why does Hollywood put comedies down the gutter, film after film? Do they think "sex" is the only funny topic? In this typical crude, obnoxious, sex-obsessed comedy of today's world, the topic is ice skating and, of course, a big plug (if you see it that way) for same-sex pairings., Actually, story-wise - the film is a rip-off of Zoolander and Dodgeball, which were much funnier films, by the way. In this one "Chazz Michael Michaels"(Will Ferrell), a slob who proudly admits he's "a sex addict," and "Jimmy MacElroy" (Jon Holder),a pretty-boy small blonde guy who looks...

5/10: Blades of Glory
Thursday, January 6, 2011

Someone told me that this film was either alright or rubbish, I can't remember which, but the two opinions wouldn't make a difference to me wanting to see the film. Basically there is rivalry between the two world famous professional ice figure skaters, sex addict and improviser Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and germ fearing and precise Jimmy MacElroy (Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder). After getting into a very heated fight on the awards platform that according to law they are banned from the ice skating event for life, causing them three years later to go into skating related only jobs, e.g. skating pantomime and selling them. Desperate for gold medal glory once again, one of the two men reads the rules carefully about competing in ice skating championships, and according to law, they originally did singles skating, there is nothing that says they cannot compete in doubles. Therefore Chazz and Jimmy try to patch up any...

7/10: Blades" is surprisingly funny
Friday, March 9, 2007

Will Ferrell and John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) as figure skating partners. Sounds like a bad SNL skit? Right? I wasn't expecting much from this comedy whose trailers looked dull and uninspired. It seemed sure to bore. So when I sat down in the theater, I went in prepared to hate this movie. But then the credits began to roll, I was pleasantly surprised by the roll of names: William Fichtner, Craig T. Nelson, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett (Gob on Arrested Development), Rob Corddry, Jenna Fischer (The Office), and Romany Malco (The 40 Year Old Virgin). So I knew that even if the movie stunk, it would be fun to see the actors together on the screen. Also surprising was to see that Busy Philipps (Freaks and Geeks) had a role in creating the story.The story is simple: arch rivals Chazz (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy (Jon Heder) are forced to become figure skating partners after they are banned from...

8/10: Classic Farrell and Heder - which actually works out really well
Sunday, April 1, 2007

What can I say? The whole theater laughed during this whole movie. There were a few cheap laughs and some very obvious jokes thrown in, but the delivery was par for the course as far as Farrell is concerned. In other words, if Farrell is your kind of comedic character, you'll love this movie. If, say, Hugh Grant is your idea of a comic character, you'll probably hate this movie. Will Farrell's character was essentially Ron Burgundy on ice skates, which is a great idea. Ron Burgundy was, of course, the embodiment of the so-called "alpha-masculine" persona of the '70s and '80s. - unabashedly proud, sexist, and narcissistic. Put him into a sport that in many peoples' eyes in inherently effeminate and you've got a sure-fire crowd pleaser.Jon Heder was a little less Napolean Dynamite-ish in this movie. He is still the same innocent, ignorant, nerdy, awkward person as in his debut...

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