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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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$118,594,548

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,708,642
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

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

Several characters refer to the National Figure Skating Association as "the International Figure Skating Association." However, all the logos and signs say "National Figure Skating Association" or "National Skating Association." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Darren MacElroy: [watching a young Jimmy skate at an orphanage] I'll take him.
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Crazy Credits

During closing credits, Hector plays with Jimmy, Chazz, and Hector action figures. See more »

Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Con te partirò
Written by Francesco Sartori & Lucio Quarantotto
Performed by Andrea Bocelli with Sarah Brightman
Courtesy of Unviersal Music B.V. (NL)
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Classic Farrell and Heder - which actually works out really well!
1 April 2007 | by tajna_rabotaSee all my reviews

What can I say? The whole theater laughed during this whole movie. There were a few cheap laughs and some very obvious jokes thrown in, but the delivery was par for the course as far as Farrell is concerned. In other words, if Farrell is your kind of comedic character, you'll love this movie. If, say, Hugh Grant is your idea of a comic character, you'll probably hate this movie. Will Farrell's character was essentially Ron Burgundy on ice skates, which is a great idea. Ron Burgundy was, of course, the embodiment of the so-called "alpha-masculine" persona of the '70s and '80s. - unabashedly proud, sexist, and narcissistic. Put him into a sport that in many peoples' eyes in inherently effeminate and you've got a sure-fire crowd pleaser.

Jon Heder was a little less Napolean Dynamite-ish in this movie. He is still the same innocent, ignorant, nerdy, awkward person as in his debut character. That said, he is a little more image-aware in this character, and as the movie progressed I saw less Napolean Dynamite (a major problem in his career until now, IMO), and I saw more of this "other" character. Heder's character is hard to describe other than to say it is Napolean Dynamite combined with Derek Zoolander - a lovable ignorant narcissist. Put that on ice skates opposite Ron Burgundy the figure skater and you have 93 minutes of great fun.

What really makes this film work is Farrell's willingness to do anything in a movie and Heder's reluctance to do such things. They are polar opposites as far as comedic actors and their comedic emphasis are concerned. But those two personalities really work well to complement each other on screen in this film. 8/10


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