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Blades of Glory
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by Scott Weinberg

"The Iceman Dumbest"
3 stars

I love Will Ferrell and I think the guy's a comic genius. My opinions on Jon Heder are pretty much the exact opposite. So what chance did I have with "Blades of Glory," a comedy in which the duo conspire to play a pair of ill-fitting figure skaters? Precisely what I expected: Three stars out of five, a solid handful of strong chuckles, and a movie I'll have forgotten all about by the time it hits DVD.

Blades of Glory is a lot like Ferrell's other comedies: It's a broad and silly concept backed up by a semi-amusing screenplay and lots of "multiple take" improvisation material. But, obviously, it's got Will Ferrell in the lead role, which means you're guaranteed (at least) a halfway good time. (Heck, I even laughed during the guy's Kicking & Screaming, which is by no means a good movie.) Unfortunately where Blades of Glory is concerned, we also have an "on the other hand" type of situation.

The "other hand" is comedy vacuum Jon Heder, (still) best known for his lead performance in the quirky-yet-overrated Napoleon Dynamite. Asked to play a stunningly effeminate wuss of a character, Heder assumes the role with one-note precision and never once elevates his material beyond the obvious. (Hiring Heder to play a "stunningly effeminate wuss" is just too easy. Why not get Owen Wilson or Vince Vaughn to play this role against type? Now that would be funny!)

The plot is pure nonsense: Shamed out of the skating game after an embarrassing brawl on a global stage, sex addict Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and nerdy virgin Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) hit rock-bottom before deciding to team up and take the pairs figure skating world by storm. Yes, they're both men, and if you can smell a bunch of crotch jokes coming, then you have trustworthy nasal passages. Of course there are a few villains (the creepily hilarious Will Arnett and Amy Poehler), coaches (William Fichtner, Craig T. Nelson), and fans (Nick Swardson, Jenna Fischer) to contend with, but Blades of Glory is almost entirely The Ferrell & Heder Show all the way.

Fortunately, Will Ferrell is just as funny in half-baked movies as he is in stuff like Talladega Nights and Anchorman (which, for my money, is still Ferrell's one true masterpiece of absurdity), and he's able to knock Heder off the screen (figuratively as well as literally) with very little effort whatsoever. As is often the case, Mr. Ferrell has no problem sharing the comedy spotlight with an eclectic group of supporting performers. Real-life husband and wife Arnett and Poehler steal several sily scenes for themselves, while bit players like Romany Malco and Nick Swardson stop by, deliver a few good chuckles, and then hit the road. The highlight of the cast, Ferrell aside, has got to be the lovely Jenna Fischer, who plays the beleaguered sister to the snarling villains and an eventual love interest for (ugh) Jon Heder's character. She's so good, in fact, that I started to wish the movie were more about her character than anyone else.

Packed with gags both unexpectedly clever and painfully obvious (with a large affection for mildly rude "gay" teasing), Blades of Glory is neither the best nor the worst that Will Ferrell can do. The fact that it was written by more than a half-dozen people and arrives in theaters as a generally scattershot affair indicates that the flick was wedged together by more than one committee, but Blades does deliver some really amusing material before all is said and done. It just doesn't have the batting average of Ferrell's best efforts ... plus it's got the black hole of whimsy known as Jon Heder. Nothing against the guy personally, but I'm pretty sure his fifteen minutes are up by now.

The textbook definition of a Passable Matinee Comedy, "Blades of Glory" will please Will Ferrell's fans and irritate those who think figure skating is an activity worthy of reverence. The gags are mostly obvious, but they're also well-mounted and enthusiastically realized. Were it not for the extra bonuses of Fischer, Arnett, and Poehler, I would have had a little trouble finding nice things to say about the flick -- but Will Ferrell is like pizza. Even when it's not perfect, it's still tasty enough to enjoy.

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User Comments

6/28/13 raouljohn Good entertainment from all involved. 5 stars
12/05/11 Pamela White a diasater 1 stars
7/18/10 Ron Will Ferrell isn't even funny accidently 1 stars
5/31/08 Doug Laughed so hard I cried during their first pair skating event. Not great, but good movie. 4 stars
4/12/08 John Millheim I LMAO, it was real funny. very good comedy 5 stars
1/22/08 Phil M. Aficionado From hilarious to stupid & back a few times; inspired silliness. Laughs? More than a few. 4 stars
1/22/08 gcc Slows down a bit in the 2nd half, but Will Farrell... always hilarious 4 stars
9/29/07 David Cohen I thought the previews looked really dumb, but the movie turned out to be pretty good 4 stars
9/03/07 Melissa i was ROFLMAO. funny! 5 stars
9/03/07 DUSTIN P. I WILL MARRY THIS MOVIE!!! 5 stars
9/02/07 orpy Love Wil Ferrell but this was BAAADDDD, sucked! 2 stars
8/24/07 edmond leung Oh, my god. I couldn't stop laughing 4 stars
7/03/07 William Goss Funnier than expected, with Ferrell kept on the perfect length leash. Solid silly fun. 4 stars
6/27/07 Randoo So many things were just wrong, but a funny movie none the less 4 stars
4/19/07 MP Bartley The chase scene is a thing of genius. The rest of the film however... 3 stars
4/17/07 Brittany it deserves and oscar. 5 stars
4/14/07 Corey Z SWARDSON RULES 3 stars
4/14/07 Danny Ferrell back to his stupid best, after the awful talledega. 4 stars
4/11/07 mikeconcho I thought the movie was way better than Talledega but just under Anchorman. 5 stars
4/10/07 Dan Worse than Talledega, can't touch Anchorman's greatness. Needed a better supporting cast. 2 stars
4/10/07 Darren Shea Not horrible,but unable to reach its full potential.+1 star if you REALLY like Will Ferrell 3 stars
4/04/07 cybrwolf A little predictable but filled with funny gay jokes and will ferrell being will ferrell 5 stars
4/04/07 Summersweet207 I love Will Ferrell, I think he is so funny, in this movie it was so stupid but yet funny. 4 stars
4/02/07 Quigley One of the biggest wastes of time to hit theaters ever. I hope it will be forgotten forever 1 stars
4/01/07 Leo Appropriately ridiculous. 4 stars
4/01/07 Ole Man Bourbon Dazzling and stupid. 4 stars
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