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Blades of Glory (2007) [DVD]

Will Ferrell , Jon Heder , Luke Wilson , Josh Gordon    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Craig T. Nelson, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler
  • Directors: Luke Wilson, Josh Gordon
  • Producers: Theodore Shapiro, Stuart Cornfeld, John Jacobs
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RF929S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Take two male figure skaters, throw in a preposterous storyline, and you've got Blades of Glory, a surprisingly funny film that almost makes you forgive Will Ferrell for his back-to-back 2005 clunkers Kicking & Screaming and Bewitched. This time around, Ferrell eats the scenery in his role as a sex-addicted, cocky skating champ named Chazz Michael Michaels. When he gets into an on-podium fight with his nemesis and co-gold medallist Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite), both skaters are banned from competing in men's figure-skating events. Forever.

Their fall from grace is brutal. Chazz is forced to work for a D-list skating show, while pampered Jimmy is disowned by his wealthy and cold-hearted adoptive father (excellently played by William Fichtner), who only wants to be around winners. When Jimmy points out that he tied for gold, his dad cruelly says, "If I wanted to share, I would've bought you a brother." Flash forward 3-1/2 years and Jimmy's No. 1 stalker Hector (Nick Swardson) says he's found a loophole. Jimmy's been banned from men's singles events, but there's nothing that says he can't compete in pairs skating. After a chance meeting with Chazz, mayhem ensues as the two rivals team up to go against the brother-and-sister team of Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenberg (played by Will Arnett and his real-life wife, Amy Poehler of Saturday Night Live and Mean Girls fame). The Van Waldenbergs will stop at nothing to beat the competition, even if that means literally beating up the competition. They have no qualms manipulating their sweet little sister (Jenna Fischer, The Office USA) to seduce both men to try to break up the team.

The finale will be no surprise to moviegoers who know that comedies like this aren't set up to make its leading men losers. But there is one brief skating sequence set in North Korea that will surprise (and shock) many viewers because of its brutality. Ferrell and Heder make a great comedy team. Though he has been accused of playing the same role since his breakthrough performance in Napoleon Dynamite and, to a certain extent, plays a similar type of role here, Heder is spot-on as Jimmy. He manages to convey innocence, bitterness, and longing--all within the span of a few seconds and while wearing a peacock unitard (You can understand why Hector is so enthralled with him). Look for guest appearances by real-life skating champs Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Nancy Kerrigan, and Sasha Cohen, who gets to sniff Chazz's jockstrap. --Jae-Ha Kim

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Will Ferrell Blades Of Glory


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Funny 25 Jun 2007
Format:Blu-ray
This is an incredibly original comedy, that even my mother found funny! Will Ferrell and John Hedder are excellent as adversaries turned reluctant allies. They are olympic figure skaters, who disgrace the sport and then are banned for life. They hit on a loophole to allow them to skate again, as pairs. You will laugh, and you will love this film!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laughed out loud 19 Sep 2007
By Big Al
Format:DVD
Whilst flying hostess offered headphones to watch this film, at 3 I didnt bother, carried on reading, occasionally looking up at the screen I started just to watch , didnt have a clue what was going on, couldnt hear a word being said, but on visuals alone it was so funny, tears were rolling down my face (might have been the altitude)

Since then Ive seen this film again ( with sound), and realise its daft, silly but a great laugh.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I should not find this funny. But I did. 15 May 2009
Format:DVD
"Bless me Father for I have committed an indiscretion. Last night I was tempted into watching a film which mocks all that ice skating holds dear. I was seduced by the cover and took it home in a brown paper bag. Yes, it was wrong. Yes, it was absolutely ridiculous. No, it doesn't exactly break new comedy ground. The story line is predictable. Mmm - two male skaters who, after being thrown out of ice skating for having a girlie punch up on the podium and a subsequently depressing period trying to make a living, end up competing in the pairs competition. No, they hate eachother (obviously), bond eventually (naturally) and attempt a move which has only ever resulted in disaster. I can't possibly reveal the ending because it is just so totally unpredictable. OK, I'm lying. Sorry. I have just watched something which is rude, crude, ludicrous and extremely funny. It doesn't matter who the actors are really, Father, because they are reprising old roles. What does matter is that I think, after a hard day in your office, when you're worn down by the cares of the world and the seriousness of life, you should go and borrow this yourself. You may not be able to admit that you enjoyed it in polite company but you probably will. Throw caution to the winds, take it out in a brown paper bag, rent "Zoolander" and "Dodgeball" at the same time and have an evening of madness and merriment. It worked for me. The important thing is not to be snobbish about it. It's camp, crazy and a bloody good giggle. Ooops. Another indiscretion."
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoolander on ice 1 Aug 2007
By M. Kirk
Format:DVD
In many respects, I would say I don't go for the low-brow option in anything. And that's not snobbery, that's just personal preference. But, when it comes to Will Ferrel, he has a way of making the low-brow genius, quite frankly! I was already a big fan of Anchorman and Zoolander (Mugatu is a fantastic character) and had endured some of his not so funny comedies just out of pure belief that he does have a decent grain of comedic talent. So, Blades of Glory did not dissapoint! Both Ferrel and Heder (who is sublime in Napoleon Dynamite) play their roles perfectly and the whole film sends up figure skating beautifully, much in the same way that Zoolander sends up the modelling world. If this is generally your kind of comedy, then this film is a winner. If not, then you'll probably just assume I'm a numptie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Let's kick some ice." 4 May 2011
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
After the triumph of Napoleon Dynamite, Jon Heder looked as though he was going to be something of a one hit wonder, until he appeared in Blades Of Glory. It might not have the heart that Napoleon Dynamite has but together with Will Ferrell they deliver plenty of laughs.

Will Ferrell uses his trademark dry delivery to make his sex addicted character work on screen; Chazz is a talented skater with no finesse and an unrelenting desire to entertain his fans. His testosterone-led image contrasts well with the girly-haired, graceful Jimmy McElroy (Heder) and the two fierce skating rivals find themselves teaming up as a pairs double after being banned from singles skating. The film portrays their incredibly camp and homo-erotic dance routines in a paradoxically macho way which seems to spoof countless other sport-based films which take themselves too seriously. The verbal exchanges between the two are often incredibly childish, but delivered in a straight-faced manner which makes it absurdly brilliant.

It's not just the dialogue either, the film contains lots of footage parodying the over-the-top features you often get on American sport TV such as wrestling events. The two mini-biographies on Chazz and Jimmy set the bar high at the start of the film, it's a level of humour many films then fail to maintain but in Blades Of Glory the film continues a pretty predictable plot but with enough laughs to make it all worthwhile. Instead of relying on one overused joke, the film uses two strong characters to squeeze out plenty of great lines and in the process turns an antagonistic relationship into a 'bromance' eminently more watchable than most others Hollywood has churned out recently.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun 10 Sep 2007
Format:DVD
This is a really breezy film that mocks the whole pretence of the ice skating fraternity with tongue firmly in cheek. Will Ferrell is excellent as the plot/ script sticks to a basic line without going off at a tangent or dragging the film on too long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but not enough laughs
The combination of Will Ferrell and Jon Heder made this film so good. They had great chemistry, and their routines were crazy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite
Watched on a plane trip some years ago and was reminded of it recently so decided to get a copy so can rematch in my opinion a good film
Published 4 months ago by mother in law
5.0 out of 5 stars Never fails to make me laugh
Have re-watched this a few times now. I'm not usually a Will Ferrell fan but I think he is excellent in this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephen Sandford
5.0 out of 5 stars Blades of Glory
I love this film and it was good to have it at home so i could watch it. although it had a couple of scratches on it which was a bit disappointing but it worked well.
Published 9 months ago by Alex Parsons
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Funny but a bit silly, great to watch with the kids as not full of foul language, but the skating routines a bit silly.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs S A Hughes-Gabri
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
this is one of the funniest films i have ever seen.i ordered this for my brother as he needed cheering up.
Published 14 months ago by jh
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad, off the Wall and Hilarious
I laughed a great deal throughout , Thought the situations and characters were perfectly chosen and set into very funny individual little cameos. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Finbar Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars bargain dvd
Bought this as a replacement copy of a much loved film. It arrived in good condition and in plenty of time for an anticipated film night in.
Published 17 months ago by ferngirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Such a funny film. Recommended to anyone with a quirky sense of humour and/or a love of Will Ferrell. Quick delivery despite the fact I ordered it just before Christmas! A classic.
Published 17 months ago by SILVER
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