Blades of Glory

Theatrical Release: March 30, 2007
Blades of Glory


When rival figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder) 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.

Dove Review

If you like watching figure skating and admire the talent and athleticism of the sport’s skaters then this film may not be for you. If you cringe at the image of two male skaters dancing/skating together at times quite intimately then this film is definitely not for you. The makers of this film go to great lengths to poke fun at this sport especially the often effeminate nature of its male skaters. Will Farrell’s character is created to one extreme — overly masculine and addicted to sex, while John Heder’s character is portrayed as overly feminine and wimpy. When the two are forced to compete as a pair, or not compete at all, the humor and mayhem begin. I have to admit I did laugh out loud at several points, and I wasn’t the only one. Parts of this film are hilarious and Will Ferrell can commit to a character like no other actor. To the filmmakers’ credit, there aren’t any obviously gay characters except possibly one fanatic fan whose love for one skater requires a restraining order. At one point a fan comments on the new pair saying, “As if figure skating wasn’t gay enough already.”

In addition to the sexual innuendos, there are numerous reasons this film can not be approved by Dove. Please see the content chart below for a complete listing of offensive material. If you are looking for a wholesome family outing I would avoid this film and opt instead for an afternoon of Disney on Ice or the IceCapades.

Content Description

Sex: Suggestive skating moves; skater seductively licks fan on face; skater's profile lists him as former adult film star; man attends sex addicts meeting where there is graphic talk, condoms handed out and several people are shown making out after the meeting; several homosexual innuendos and visual references but no gay encounters or couples shown; man lists all the famous skaters he has had sex with; sexually suggestive talk on telephone; man and woman kiss; woman tries to seduce man; man fondles woman's breasts; brother and sister slap each other and then kiss passionately.
Language: D-8; H-6; S-7; A-11; G-3; GD-1; OMG-1; J-1; B*tch-2; B*stard-1; SOB-1; slang for male genitalia-5; Sucks-2; Crap-2.
Violence: Slapstick fighting; mascot set on fire; men get in fist fight; woman's head gets cut off in dangerous skating move; mascot gets shot by arrow in the head; man gets hit in head with metal pipe; chase scene on skates with slapstick falls and injuries; man and woman slap each other in face.
Drugs: Reference to "being on Quaalude's"; man swigs alcohol straight from bottle several times; man drinking alcohol in limo; man vomits as a result of drinking too much; reference to "getting stoned".
Nudity: Shirtless male; man wrapped in low towel; man in skimpy underwear; female in sexy lingerie with cleavage.
Other: Several instances of giving "the finger"; man uses/sits on toilet in prison cell; father leaves adopted son on the side of the road after "unadopting" him; an ongoing theme of an obsessed fan with reference to a restraining order; skating pair admits to cheating and uses underhanded tactics; the Serenity Prayer is recited by a sex addict who substitutes the end with "the wisdom to know that sometimes masturbation is better".


Company: Paramount
Writer: Jeff Cox and Craig Cox and Busy Philipps
Director: Josh Gordon and Will Speck
Producer: Stuart Cornfeld
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Julie Kemme