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Blades of Glory
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Aug 27, 2007 By: Jason Adams
Blades of Glory order
Director:
Josh Gordon, Will Speck

Actors:
Will Ferrell
Jon Heder
Will Arnett

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After being banned for life from professional figure skating, two rival champions find a loophole that allows them both to once again compete for the gold—as the league’s first men’s pair skaters.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
You’d think for a movie that contains two of my favorite funny people named Will (Ferrell and Arnett) I’d be foaming at the mouth to see BLADES OF GLORY. But the trailers didn’t do much for me, not to mention the fact that Ferrell’s pompous idiot routine was starting to look tired. Perhaps I should have had more faith because, while it’s nowhere near as good as ANCHORMAN, BLADES OF GLORY still manages to be relatively funny in its own right.

The comedy at work is pretty easy and obvious; wacky ice hijinks, silly skating costumes, and awkward homoeroticism. I definitely wasn’t impressed by its subtlety or originality, but I found myself laughing more than I expected. Most of that is due to its main star who doesn’t stray far from his patented Will Ferrell brand of humor—loud verbal berating, obscure catchphrases and just being an overall jackass—much of which is still pretty effective. (When all else fails, just show him shirtless…comedy gold.) Ferrell’s character is definitely outlandish, but the actor is reined in by a rather dull script. It’s obvious he tries to improvise his way out of it, which helps from scene to scene, but overall Chazz Michael Michaels won’t be added to the list of great comedy characters.

Not to leave the other half of the duo out in the cold, but Jon Heder noticeably lags behind. His effeminate character garners a few laughs, but I just don’t think the man himself is that funny unless given something funny to say or do. The opposite is actually BLADES OF GLORY’s most obvious lost opportunity. It has an extremely impressive roster of hilarious people, but nobody besides Ferrell is given anything to do. Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer, Rob Corddry, THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN’s Romany Malco, Luke Wilson and Andy Richter all make appearances, but not a whole lotta laughs. (Richter literally comes out, says a non-comedic line, and then leaves.)

But if you’re going by the amount of times I laughed (generally a good rubric for a comedy), BLADES OF GLORY still comes out above average. Towards the end of the movie I was debating whether to give it 3 or 3.5 stars. At that exact moment, Ferrell and Heder began skating to the Flash Gordon theme song and the higher score was forever cemented. (Jenna Fischer trading her office sweater for some lingerie also may have helped.)
THE EXTRAS
There’s a lot of stuff on this disc, but aside from the Will Arnett-Amy Poehler interview, nothing of exceeding value.

Return to Glory: Making of BLADES (14:49): Cast and crew (including producer Ben Stiller) do some interviews on why ice skating is funny enough to warrant this movie. A little jokey in style, which made it more fun to watch than your average featurette of this type.

Celebrities on Thin Ice (6:06): A look at the on-ice training the cast went through to be able to not constantly fall down. (They trained with the same lady who did Michelle Kwan.)

Cooler Than Ice (4:39): A good third of the movie’s laughs come from the ridiculous outfits everybody wears on the ice, so this is actually one costuming featurette you might enjoy watching.

Arnett and Poehler: A Family Affair (5:51): A hilarious, straight faced interview with the husband and wife team about their life together. I think I laughed more at this than I did the actual movie. For example, when asked if their hypothetical child would be the funniest kid ever, Arnett’s answer is: “No, we always imagined we’d have a little Sean Penn-like baby.”

20 Questions with Scott Hamilton (5:01): A more serious sitdown with the former figure skater covering the sport and what its like to be confused with Mark Hamill on a daily basis.

Hector: Portrait of a Psychofan (3:24): I thought Nick Swardson’s stalker character was one of the less funnier things in the movie, so this extended look at his obsession was a bit much.

Deleted Scenes (9:06): I don’t understand why some of these weren’t left in the movie. They cover some major plot points, including Chazz’s backstory, the payoff with Chazz’s hairbrush and the return of Jimmy’s dad.

Gag Reel (2:09): A lot of stumbling and falling down on the ice, as well as Scott Hamilton downing some booze.

Alternate Takes (8:40): Some very funny moments of Will Ferrell and company just riffing. Not as good as the ones on the ANCHORMAN DVD, but still solid.

Moviefone Unscripted (9:54): Self-interviews with Ferrell, Heder and Arnett. Seeing Ferrell and Arnett together is just beautiful.

Bo Bice’s “Blades of Glory” Music Video (4:40): Please kill me now.

A few MTV Ads, Photo Galleries and Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
BLADES OF GLORY is good but not great, funny but not hilarious. However, it made me laugh enough to earn a silver medal for mild accomplishment—solid effort, but not enough to be real winner. Same goes for the DVD.

Extra Tidbit: A BLADES OF GLORY interview with Will Ferrell and Jon Heder...conducted by a ninja.
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