Armchair Critic: Blades of Glory ‘fun flick’

Blades of Glory (2007)


I’m not the only person who loves movies but lives on a budget. Going to the movies costs an arm and a leg, and the films just get worse and worse. I frequent the video store for my “new” movie fix, and happened upon a new release I would have paid to see in theaters.

Blades of Glory opened to mixed reviews earlier this year. I had been waiting to see it, since I love Will Ferrell. He brings more SNL alums to the screen (Amy Poehler, Will Arnett), along with filmdom’s comedic surprise, Jon Heder.

Ferrell and Heder star as Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy, the ice skating world’s two most dynamic performers. When they are forced to share the gold medal, a fight ensues that gets them both kicked out of professional skating for life.

A rabid MacElroy fan pores over the rules and finds the loophole that brings the two rivals together as the world’s first male-male pairs team.

Hilarity ensues as the opposites prepare for the World Wintersport Games and attempt to perfect their coach’s dangerous new move.

Real-life professional skaters show up around every corner in the film. Chazz hits on Nancy Kerrigan, Scott Hamilton plays an announcer, and Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill have cameos as judges. Other cameos include Andy Richter, Rob Corddry and Craig T. Nelson (in more of a supporting role, but he hits the nail on the head).

Certain plot elements may seem farfetched, but anyone watching this movie should not prepare themselves for seriousness on any level. I predict that one-liners from this movie will soon join the ranks of The Big Lebowski and other cult classics.

I’m one of those people who rarely laughs out loud, but still considers something funny. There’s a chase scene toward the end of the film that relies heavily on physical comedy. I laughed so hard I was crying. The directors cut back to a dialogue scene, then back to the physical comedy. Cue the crying again.

It’s rated PG-13, so you don’t have to worry about sitting through sometimes painful toilet humor.

The film clocks in at 93 minutes, short enough to keep the laughs coming one after another. I had a hard time finding what other critics thought was so bad about the film. For a good belly laugh and a downright fun flick, rent or buy Blades of Glory,/i>.

****—Wish I would have seen it in theaters/Going to purchase

***—Glad I rented it/Worth a second viewing

**—Worth seeing once

What were they thinking?!/Not worth the rental

from the Oct. 3, 2007, issue

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