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Release Date: March 30, 2007

Starring: Will Farrell, Jon Heder, Jenna Fischer, Amy Pohler, Will Arnett, Craig T. Stevens, and Scott Hamilton,

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 93 minutes

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Brad Grey, Chairman/CEO
Paramount Pictures
(A Viacom company)
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Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
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Content:

(PaPa, HoHo, PC, Ro, C, B, LLL, VVV, SS, N, AA, MM) Strong pagan worldview with strong homosexual jokes and other crude material, plus a politically correct, possibly Romantic, subtext about smashing social boundaries, and a brief, slightly positive scene at an orphanage run by the Catholic Church with benevolent seeming nuns and a benevolent seeming priest; 32 obscenities, two strong profanities, nine light obscenities, drunken man vomits, and one or two obscene gestures; one shot of graphic violence from long distance where a skate accidentally decapitates a woman skater's head which lands bleeding on the ice, plus strong slapstick violence such as fighting, falling, crashing into boxes or boards while skating, jumping and twirling on the ice, and man tied up; some crude sexual references and content during ice skating (including homosexual ones), couple talks dirty over phone using innuendo, man puts hand on woman's breasts several times, homosexual jokes about two men skating together, effeminate speech, and man keeps saying he's a sex addict and attends a racy sex addicts session; upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking; and, kidnapping, cheating, lying, and tattoos played for laughs.

Summary:

BLADES OF GLORY parodies the world of competitive ice skating, in a story about two banned ice skaters, played by Will Farrell and Jon Heder ("Heeder"), who find a loophole in the rules that allows them to become the world's first male/male figure skating pair. BLADES OF GLORY too often goes for obvious humor and contains too much crude, sexual humor and foul language to be much fun, especially for people with a modicum of true faith and morals.

Review:

To be sure, the world of competitive figure skating is ripe for good, funny parody and satire. In BLADES OF GLORY, Will Farrell, Jon Heder ("Heeder") and a team of comic actors do their best to poke fun at it, but the movie has so many obvious and lame crude jokes that the movie falls down in the humor department. American comedies and popular culture are so vulgar these days, however, that the movie still may do very well among vulnerable teenagers, the main audience for the movie.

Will Farrell plays swaggering macho skater Chazz Michael Michaels. Jon Heder plays effeminate child prodigy Jimmy McElroy. Chazz and Jimmy hate each other's guts and, when the two men tie for the gold medal at the World Championships, their hatred boils over, and they get into a big fight. Consequently, they are banned from the sport.

Three and a half years later, Chazz has become a drunken party animal working for a children's ice show, and Jimmy is working at a chain sporting goods store. A male fan still stalking Jimmy tells him about a loophole in the skating rules: Jimmy and Chazz have only been banned from singles competition, not from pairs. Jimmy is unable, however, to find a female skater, but his former coach, played by Craig T. Nelson, shows them the rules would allow Jimmy to team up with Chazz in the pairs competition. So, can Jimmy and Chazz put aside their hatred to skate as the first male/male figure skating pair?

BLADES OF GLORY goes for some obvious, sometimes crude homosexual jokes. Also, Chazz's character belongs to a sex addicts recovery group, so the movie keeps too much of its content in the moral sewer. BLADES OF GLORY also contains plenty of foul language and a super violent scene with a North Korean skater getting decapitated. Thus, there's not much clean comedy for family audiences or people of true faith and morals to enjoy.

By the way, BLADES OF GLORY is directed by the creators of the clever cavemen commercials for Geico Insurance. The movie could have used more witty comedy like that.

In Brief:

BLADES OF GLORY parodies the world of competitive ice skating. Will Farrell plays swaggering macho skater Chazz Michael Michaels. Jon Heder ("Heeder") plays effeminate child prodigy Jimmy McElroy. Chazz and Jimmy hate each other. When the two men tie for the gold medal at the World Championships, their hatred boils over and they get into a big fight. Consequently, they are banned from the sport. Three and a half years later, Jimmy hears about a possible loophole: he still may be able to skate in the pairs competitions. Jimmy is unable, however, to find a female skater. His former coach, played by Craig T. Nelson, suggests that Jimmy team up with Chazz to become the first male/male figure skating pair.

BLADES OF GLORY goes for some obvious, sometimes crude homosexual jokes. Also, Chazz's character belongs to a sex addicts recovery group, so the movie keeps too much of its content in the sewer. BLADES OF GLORY also contains plenty of foul language and a super violent scene with a North Korean skater getting decapitated. Thus, there's not much clean comedy for family audiences or people of true faith and morals to enjoy.