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Skating flick with an edge

April 03, 2007|by DARCY SHULL

Review

Suppose you were a world-class competitive ice skater and your No. 1 opponent tied with you on almost everything? That's basically the plot of "Blades of Glory," a comedy about two rival skaters.

In the film, Jon Heder stars as prissy Jimmy MacElroy, a famous figure skater whose lifelong goal is to win a gold medal in figure skating at the U.S. Nationals. The only obstacle in his way is his longtime rival, Chazz Michael Michaels (played by Will Ferrell). When MacElroy finally wins first place, Michaels ties him, and a nasty brawl breaks out. The two of them are expelled from men's singles skating for life.

Nevertheless, 3 1/2 years later, an obsessed fan finds Jimmy and tells him about a loophole: Jimmy and Chazz can still compete - in pairs figure skating, not in men's singles.

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After much debate, MacElroy and Michaels decide to give pairs' skating a chance. They are forced to work together as a team to compete again. Along the way, they must overcome obstacles, including jealous competitors who attempt to sabotage their opponents' performance.

I love this film. It is hilarious. Jon Heder and Will Ferrell make an awesome team, both in the movie and as actors. Everyone in the theater was laughing throughout the entire movie, which definitely says something about the comedic quality.

One complaint: I'm not exactly sure what the very beginning of the movie has to do with the rest of it. But it is amusing, anyway.

I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to laugh - a lot.

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