Blades of Glory

MPAA Rated – PG-13
It’s 1:33 Long
A Review by:
The Dude on the Right

Blades of Glory
Movie Stats & Links
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler, Craig T. Nelson, Jenna Fischer
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Dreamworks Pictures
Release Date: 2007
Kiddie Movie: There’s a lot of adult content.
Date Movie: If she likes Will Ferrell comedies.
Gratuitous Sex: Some boob grabbing and cleavage.
Gratuitous Violence: Some fighting and cross-bow shooting.
Action: Some chasing, but not really action.
Laughs: From start to finish.
Memorable Scene: Too many were memorable.
Memorable Quote: Too many to quote.
Directed By: Will Speck, Josh Gordon

Our next episode of “Stu & The Dude Reviewin’ the Movies for You” will be handling “Blades of Glory,” but until the animation and stuff is done, I thought I would give you a quick review of the said “Blades of Glory” movie because I can’t tell you fast enough that if you want to laugh, go and see this movie.

The story is as simple as the trailers you have probably seen… Will Ferrell is Chazz Michael Michaels. He’s the bad-boy figure skater. Jon Heder is Jimmy MacElroy, the, umm, prissy-boy figure skater. They are arch rivals, and when they tie at a championship match, and then they fight, and then they set a mascot on fire, they are banned from competition. Three-ish years later they are relegated to minor jobs, but an obsessed fan of Jimmy’s figures out a loophole to get Jimmy back into competition, by entering the pair’s competition, and informs Jimmy of the hole. Jimmy lets his Coach (Craig T. Nelson) know of this loophole, who at first wants nothing of it, but eventually realizes that Chazz will be the perfect partner for Jimmy, so the controversy of two dudes entering the pairs figure skating competition begins, much to the dismay of the pair’s champions brother and sister team, Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler). And through it all a butt-load of hilarity ensues.

As much as “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” poked fun at NASCAR, “Blades of Glory” takes poking fun at figure skating to a much higher, and much funnier level, maybe because there are so many more things to make fun of, and for most of this movie, all of the making fun of worked. Will Ferrell was back in over-the-top mode, and fantastic. Jon Heder embraces the goofiness of him. And the addition of tons of cameos, from Nancy Kerrigan and Brian Boitano (and what would Brian Boitano do?) as judges stripping Chazz and Jimmy of their medals, to Scott Hamilton and Jim Lampley as the sports anchors during the competition segments (totally reminding me of Bob Costas and Al Michaels in the much maligned but one of my favorites “BASEketball”) were fantastic. And all of the actual ice skating segments, from the training to the competitions, were hilarious.

In keeping this sort of short, if you have never watched, nor had any desire to watch a figure skating competition, and think seeing a movie about it might be wrong, “Blades of Glory” was funny as hell, so much so there were many segments where I almost fell out of my seat or spewed water up my nose, and you will probably be jealous of Chazz (who is also a sex addict) getting to squeeze the boobs of Katie Van Waldenberg (Jenna Fischer, who might just be the new love of my life).

Stu Gotz will have his say when we get our next animated review posted, but for now I couldn’t wait to tell you that if you like to laugh “Blades of Glory” should make you laugh, especially if you had any kind of chuckle during the trailer. From me it’s 4 ½ stars out of 5.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!