Review Date: September 28, 2007
Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Writer: Jeff Cox, Craig Cox, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky
Producers: Ben Stiller, John Jacobs, Stuart Cornfeld
Will Ferrell as Chazz
Jon Heder as Jimmy
Will Arnett as Stranz
Ferrell’s co-star in the film, Jon Heder, also comes through as the more grounded skating professional in the movie, and while his role is obviously not the more “showy” of the two, he manages to turn him into a fun, dainty character that will hopefully help him move further away from the character he’s best known for: Napoleon Dynamite. And while I’ve spent most of my review discussing the film’s many characters/actors, all of whom created an excellent dynamic, the movie is successful due mostly to its screenplay which is ripe with humour from the film’s first sequence, all the way to its last. After its initial 20-minute laugh-attack, I was worried that the flick would slow down or run out of that same level of comedy, but kudos to the screenwriters (and possibly the actors, who seemed like they might’ve ad-libbed some stuff) for continually injecting the movie with hilarious one-liners, at least 10 quotable pieces of memorable dialogue, many funny situations and surprisingly, very funny skating routines to boot (I thought this part of the film would bore me, but it was quite the opposite actually).
On a personal note, it was nice to see my hometown of Montreal, Canada used in the film (they shot the entire movie there), although American filmmakers really have to drop the stereotypical Canadian mounties routine. I’ve lived in Canada for close to 30 years now and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one mountie in my life, except in American movies! This film reminded me a lot of ZOOLANDER with its many memorable lines, the chemistry between all of its characters and all of its showdowns and I look forward to adding it to my DVD collection and watching it over again some day. If you haven’t seen it yet and have enjoyed Ferrell’s previous comedic successes before, this one is a no-brainer. And allow me to repeat one of the film’s funnier play-on-words and say that these guys really do put the “bone” in Zamboni. Great fun!