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.
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.