|Directed by:||Josh Gordon, Will Speck|
|Written by:||Jeff Cox, Craig Cox, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky|
|Cast:||Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, William Fichtner, Jenna Fischer, Romany Malco, Nick Swardson, Rob Corddry, Craig T. Nelson|
Wow, this is such a stupid movie! Then again, what would you expect from a Will Ferrell/Jon Heder headlining comedy about two male figure skaters? The most important thing to realize going into Blades of Glory is that it's funny. I laughed quite a bit from open to close, and I wasn't asking for much else. Ferrell and Heder are both pretty darned funny as the polar opposites of each other. Heder was recruited by a rich mogul from the age of four to be a perfect figure skating machine, and is all about grace and effeminate style. Ferrell is a locomotive of male sexuality and blatant eroticism, and so obviously their worlds collide on and OFF the rink. Then there's Gob from Arrested Development giving me laughs on the side as half of the Van Waldenberg duo that are currently listed as number one, and are intimidated by the new duo's entrance into the game.
With a movie like Blades of Glory, there isn't really much to say about the storyline and/or the plot itself. It's a painfully simple storyline that is merely established to put the main characters into one far out scenario after another. It's up to the leads to provide the laughs or groans. In this movie's case, I didn't groan once. That's quite a feat! I was under the impression that the last half would falter and lose steam. Fortunately for me, it didn't. I liked this movie, because it did what I wanted it to do. I also didn't mind seeing Pam (from Office Space) dressed up in a skimpy leather outfit getting felt up by Ferrell! That's kinda hot! HAHA!
I don't know much else to say about Blades of Glory. All I can think to do now is talk about particular moments that made me laugh, or certain bits of dialogue that worked especially well. I won't do that, because if you're going to see this movie, my saying things about it might ruin some of the fun. I say that if you like Ferrell and Heder, there's a pretty strong chance that this one is worth checking out. It's what Talladega Nights should have been in the laugh department. It didn't provide me enough drama to push the movie into the level of say, 40 Year Old Virgin but it stayed as pointless and ridiculous as Employee of the Month without pissing me the fuck off with its lack of humor. That is all I wanted, and that's what I got!
P.S.: Is it me, or does that showstopper final stunt remind you A LOT of The Cutting Edge's (1992) final move called "The Pamchenko Twist"? I think it does, yessir I do!