Movie Review: Blades of Glory (2007)

Synopsis: Following an embarrassing fight, a pair of rival male figure skaters receive a lifetime ban from singles competition. After 3 1/2 years of banishment, they take advantage of a rules loophole by competing as a pairs team. There's just one problem, they still hate each other.

Who's in it? The movie stars Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Jenna Fischer and Craig T. Nelson.

Review: My wife and I recorded this movie some time ago because it had been a while since we watched it and we thought our oldest daughter (a figure skater) would get a kick out of it. We finally had a chance to sit down and watch it with her last night and, overall, I thought it was a great experience.

Let me start out by saying some scenes in this movie probably weren't overly suitable for our 13-year-old daughter and my wife and I felt a strong urge to cover her eyes and ears (we also fast-forwarded through one scene). But, if you overlook that (and realize she has probably heard worse in middle school), it was a fun movie to watch.

Will Ferrell (much like Adam Sandler) is one of those actors that either has a great film (like Elf) or something not very memorable (like Bewitched). This was one of those movies that fell somewhere in between. While it isn't his best performance, it isn't his worst either and he manages to get quite a few laughs.

The thing that surprised me most about this film is, despite the fact the movie is about two male figure skaters performing routines that normally are done with one man and one woman, the homophobic jokes are kept to a minimum. Yes, there are still some, especially when they first team up. But, the movie ultimately ended up being about them overcoming their hatred of each other and finding a way to beat a successful pairs team (Poehler and Arnett) that isn't afraid of cheating.

Probably my only real complaint about this movie is the skating programs themselves (complete with props and fireworks) are a bit over the top to the point it wasn't very realistic. I think the film would have been better had the writers toned it down a bit when they were on the ice.

Final Opinion: It's not Will Ferrell's best film. But, it is still an entertaining movie that managed to make us laugh and I would recommend it as a result of that.

My Grade: B


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