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When rival figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy go ballistic in an embarrassing, no-holds-barred fight at the World Championships, they are stripped of their gold medals and banned from the sport for life. Now, three-and-a-half years on, they've found a loophole that will allow them to compete: if they can put aside their differences, they can skate together - in pairs' figure skating.
PROFANITY: 1 GD, 7 S-words, quite a few miler words. SEX/NUDITY: LOTS of sexual remarks and mild sexual motions on the ice. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A few scenes of excessive drinking and drunkenness. ACTION: None COMEDY: A dozen or so smiles and about that many chuckles.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 191 moviegoers:
TEENS:As expected TEENS LOVED "BLADES OF GLORY." Males enjoyed it slightly more than females but virtually no one disliked it. Highly Recommended!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:GREAT OPINIONS, especially from the males, but the female opinions weren't far behind. Highly Recommended!
ADULTS:Adult opinions certainly aren't nearly as high as the younger opinions, but they aren't too bad. About half truly enjoyed this very silly comedy. Most of the remaining half thought it was average. Just a small percentage didn't enjoy it at all. I would only recommend "Blades of Glory" to younger adults and then only to those that truly enjoy the very silly type of humor Will Ferrell is famous for.
Perhaps nowhere in sports is the marriage of athleticism
and grace more evident than in the arena of world champion
pairs figure skating—the lifts, the jumps, the routines. The
perfect score results from the perfect blend of strength and
sophistication, prowess and artistry, brawn and refinement.
It's an elegant world, a rarefied universe, a noble place
populated by the crème de la crème of skating elite.
Well, it used to be …
When the macho, swaggering Chazz Michael Michaels (Will
Ferrell) takes to the rink, he is the rock star of the arena,
leaving a trail of thrashed ice and shrieking female fans in
The only competitor who can match Michaels' scores (on
the ice, that is) is the driven former child prodigy, Jimmy
MacElroy (Jon Heder). Spotted as a youth executing triple
lutzes on the frozen pond of an orphanage, MacElroy was
whisked away to days of endless training, and now stands as
the picture of poise, the personification of the highest
ideals of the men's sport.
Michaels and MacElroy have met in finals rounds before,
but their latest head-to-head at the World Championships—when
they tie for first—is more than either one can bear, and
their longstanding rivalry erupts into a no-holds-barred
fight. The ensuing brawl not only sets fire to the World
Championship's helpless mascot, but lands both athletes in
hot water: Chazz and Jimmy are called before the sport's
governing board, stripped of their gold medals and banned
from the sport for life.
Now, three-and-a-half years later, both men are still
trying to find their way in a world without competitive
skating. Michaels has devolved into a drunken party machine,
skating as a costumed evil wizard in a kiddie ice review, and
MacElroy has been banished to the shoe department of a chain
sporting goods store.
But then, inspiration (in the form of an over-friendly,
former stalker of Jimmy's) strikes, and a loophole emerges.
To skate again, all Chazz and Jimmy have to do is set aside
their long festering hatred of one another and join forces—as
the first male/male figure skating pair to compete in the
history of the sport.