Years later, Jimmy and Chazz have hit rock bottom. Things change, though, when a fan discovers a loophole in the skating rulebook Jimmy and Chazz can still compete in pairs skating. Reluctantly, the two agree to skate together and reclaim the world of skating. Along the way they must overcome macho inhibitions, rival skaters, and romantic rivalry to win the gold in Montreal.
“Blades of Glory” is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language, a comic violent image and some drug references.
All that being said, “Blades of Glory” laughs with the world of figure skating, not really at it. The appearances by Scott Hamilton, Nancy Kerrigan, Dorothy Hamill, Brian Boitano, Sasha Cohen, and a bunch of others show that they get the joke. Some of the comments by Hamilton while commentating the skating events are hilarious and a scene where Sasha Cohen catches the jock strap of Chazz is also really funny. I don’t think skating fans are going to be offended by this movie.
A very strong supporting cast backs up Ferrell and Heder. Nick Swardson really stands out as Hector, an insane fan that stalks Jimmy. He takes creepy to a whole new level. Be sure to stay through the credits to see a bonus scene with him. I’m a big fan of Jenna Fischer from “The Office” and she does a good job as Katie Van Waldenberg. One memorable scene features a first kiss between her and Heder. If this isn’t nominated as Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards, then there’s no justice in the world. A later scene where she tries to seduce Ferrell is also amusing and will probably stun her “Office” fans. Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are also great as sibling skaters Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg. Their disturbing sexuality on the ice offers a lot of laughs. Arnett has a particularly funny chase scene through a mall with Ferrell.
I also have to give kudos to the creators for making Heder and Ferrell skate to “Flash Gordon” by Queen. It was absolutely hilarious and the last song I ever expected to hear on the big screen again. Between that and a Han and Chewbacca reference, they win geek points with me.
When Will Ferrell is on a roll, he can leave you rolling in the aisles with laughter. Then there are other times when his jokes fall absolutely flat. In “Blades of Glory,” he has about a 50-50 success rate. A lot of jokes fall flat, but there are enough good ones to still make this film well worth checking out.
I also wasn’t terribly impressed with the ending. I won’t spoil it here, but it was a bit outrageous, even for this movie.
You’ll also find 4 deleted scenes. Some of them are relatively minor, but one reveals that Chazz and Jimmy were in the same orphanage growing up. Just when Chazz was about to get adopted, Jimmy was selected instead, thus explaining his hostility.
Rounding out the bonus features are a photo gallery, a 2 minute gag reel, nearly 9 minutes of alternate takes, and the music video “Blades of Glory” by Bo Bice.
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