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Blades of Glory (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 30 March 2007 (USA)
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In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.

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Josh Gordon, Will Speck

Writers:

Jeff Cox (screenplay), Craig Cox (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Chazz Michael Michaels
Jon Heder ... Jimmy MacElroy
Will Arnett ... Stranz Van Waldenberg
Amy Poehler ... Fairchild Van Waldenberg
Jenna Fischer ... Katie Van Waldenberg
William Fichtner ... Darren MacElroy
Craig T. Nelson ... Coach
Romany Malco ... Jesse
Nick Swardson ... Hector
Scott Hamilton ... Sports Anchor
Andy Richter ... Mountie
Greg Lindsay ... Mountie
Rob Corddry ... Bryce
Nick Jameson ... PA Announcer
Tom Virtue ... Floor Manager
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Storyline

When rivalry between the world's best men's figure skaters - sex addicted, improvisational Chazz Michael Michaels and germophobic, precise Jimmy MacElroy - breaks into a fight on the awards platform, they're banned from the event for life. Three years later, desire for a gold medal and a careful reading of the rules lead them to compete as skating's first male-male pair. Can they overcome mutual dislike, limited time to prepare, their coach's secret past, and the dirty tricks of their main opponents, the Van Waldenberg siblings? The key to victory or defeat may lie in the attraction of the virginal Jimmy toward Katie, the Van Waldenbergs' little sister. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Kick Some Ice

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language, a comic violent image and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

30 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les rois du patin See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$61,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,014,202, 1 April 2007

Gross USA:

$118,594,548

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,708,642
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the flags being raised, the four medalists at Worlds were from the United States, South Korea, and Sweden. South Korea has never medalled in men's singles at the World Championships, and Sweden has not medalled in that discipline since 1929. Furthermore, in the event of a first place tie, there would be no silver medal handed out, only the bronze, meaning that Sweden would have to suffice with a bronze, and South Korea would have been left empty-handed in fourth place. However, this movie is a work of total fiction, therefore the above point is rendered moot. See more »

Goofs

Sports Anchor Scott Hamilton comments that Chazz nails a Triple Axel, when, in fact, only a double had been executed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Darren MacElroy: [watching a young Jimmy skate at an orphanage] I'll take him.
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During closing credits, Hector plays with Jimmy, Chazz, and Hector action figures. See more »

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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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moderately amusing dopey comedy
7 October 2007 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

In "Blades of Glory," Will Ferrell and John Heder play two rival figure skaters, Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy, who are permanently banned from the sport when their gold medal tie results in a fisticuffs melee on the arena ice. After the men go their separate ways for awhile, Jimmy learns of a loophole in the rules which would allow them to return to skating but only if they compete in the doubles category. Even though the two men hate each other with the heat of a thousand white-hot suns and they would be the first all-male duo in the history of competitive skating, Chazz and Jimmy agree to bury the hatchet and take a stab at mounting a comeback. The fact that the two of them are complete opposites in terms of demeanor and style - Jimmy is a cupie-faced innocent while Chazz is a swaggering macho man, both on the ice and off - only adds to the absurdity.

"Blades of Glory" never aspires to be anything more than a dopey, crowd-pleasing, mainstream comedy, and, as such, it generally hits the mark. It's true that it runs out of comic steam from time to time and that it is more amusing when the two men are arch rivals than when they are the best of friends, but there are enough laughs to make the film decent fun for the not-too-critical viewer. Ferrell and Heder make an enjoyable comic team, while acting stalwart Craig T. Nelson provides just the right balance as their winning-obsessed coach. As the evil, self-absorbed sister-and-brother duo determined to sabotage the boys' chances, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, fine comic actors under most other circumstances, are burdened here with having to bring to life two overly broad stereotypes. Despite their talents, that effort ultimately exceeds their grasp.

Special note should be made of the amazing CGI work, without which this film could never have been made. Even though we know none of these actors could possibly be doing any of these skating moves in real life, we are thoroughly convinced of its verisimilitude for the duration of the film. And the movie does a nice job lampooning all the snazzy graphics, corny biographical features, and sappy, self-important commentary that have become a staple of modern TV sports programming.


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