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Blades of Glory

Official movie poster
Directed by Josh Gordon
Will Speck
Produced by Ben Stiller
Stuart Cornfeld
John Jacobs
Written by Story:
Jeff Cox &
Craig Cox &
Busy Philipps
Screenplay:
Jeff Cox &
Craig Cox
and
John Altschuler &
Dave Krinsky
Starring Will Ferrell
Jon Heder
Will Arnett
Amy Poehler
William Fichtner
Jenna Fischer
Romany Malco
Nick Swardson
Rob Corddry
Craig T. Nelson
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography Stefan Czapsky
Editing by Rick Pearson
Max Coyne
Studio MTV Films
DreamWorks
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) March 30, 2007
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $53 million[1]
Gross revenue $145,708,642

Blades of Glory is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, and starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. The movie was released on March 29, 2007 by DreamWorks and MTV Films. It was released on DVD and HD DVD on August 28, 2007 and released on Blu-ray Disc on May 20, 2008.

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Plot

At the World Winter Sport Games, rival men's singles skaters Chazz Michael Michaels, a skillful skater but raunchy sex addict, and Jimmy MacElroy, a talented, effeminate skater, tie for gold. An argument ensues, which develops into a fight on the awards podium. As a result they are stripped of their medals, and banned from men's singles competition. Jimmy's competitive adoptive father, billionaire Darren MacElroy, immediately disowns him and leaves him on the side of the road.

Three and a half years later, Jimmy is working at a winter sporting goods store and gets demoted to sorting stock after he refuses to listen to a child when she tells him her skating boot has been tied too tightly. Chazz has gained a lot of weight and is fired from a children’s skating show for being in a drunken stupor on stage. Jimmy's stalker, Hector, tells him of a loophole in the ban allowing him to compete in pair skating. Jimmy contacts his old coach, Robert, but is unable to find a partner. Jimmy's search for a partner leads him to Chazz, and Robert convinces the two to skate as a same-sex pairs team, because the regulations fail to state the genders of the pairs.

The reigning U.S. national pairs champions, brother and sister Stranz (Will Arnett) and Fairchild (Amy Poehler) van Waldenberg, see the new pair as a threat and conspire against them. The pair convince their sister Katie (Jenna Fischer), whom they often take advantage of by reminding her that their parents died taking Katie to skating practice, to spy on the duo. In the process, Katie becomes acquainted with Jimmy and they develop a relationship. Although Chazz and Jimmy are initially disgusted by each other, they eventually develop a friendship. They compete at the United States Figure Skating Championships and earn a chance to compete at the World Wintersport Games.

Chazz and Jimmy’s coach informs them that to win, they will need to perform a technique that has never been performed successfully: The "Iron Lotus", an extremely complicated maneuver that Robert developed years ago. However, it is also dangerous: the only attempt of the maneuver was in North Korea and resulted in the man decapitating the woman with his skate blade. Nonetheless, they decide to attempt it as Robert is convinced that two males would be better suited for the move. Fairchild commands Katie to disrupt the duo by having sex with Chazz, threatening to harm Jimmy if Katie does not comply. Katie invites Chazz to her room, and tries to seduce him. Chazz refuses, but cannot resist grabbing her breasts. Jimmy witnesses this and is outraged at Chazz's and Katie's betrayals.

The next day, Chazz and Jimmy are both kidnapped and restrained by Stranz and Fairchild. Katie gets tired of her siblings and accepts that their parents weren't properly safe while driving. While handcuffing Jimmy in a bathroom, Fairchild reveals that she and Stranz commanded Katie to have sex with Chazz yet she could not go through with it. Chazz escapes but is pursued by Stranz through Montreal on ice and then through streets and stores. He tries to shoot Chazz with a crossbow, but accidentally hits the Winter Sport Games Mascot, Snowflake. Jimmy also escapes.

Stranz and Fairchild perform their routine, a dramatization of the "Forbidden Romance" of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. Both Chazz and Jimmy arrive in the ice rink just in time to compete. Chazz and Jimmy reconcile quickly and begin their routine, which has a science fiction theme. Fairchild, seeing the two doing well, throws pearls onto the ice. Chazz trips over a pearl and breaks his ankle, which renders him unable to perform his role in the Iron Lotus. Jimmy then offers to switch places with him. Although they have never practiced the other's roles, they perform it perfectly. Jimmy and Chazz win the competition, Jimmy reconciles with Katie, and Stranz and Fairchild are arrested due to the kidnappings and Snowflake‘s shooting. Stranz and Fairchild begin arguing, then inexplicably kiss each other incestuously (the inside joke of course that the actors Will Arnett and Amy Poehler are real-life husband and wife). Jimmy and Chazz receive the gold medal and fly off into the sky through rockets on their skates. While the credits roll, Hector is seen playing with dolls of himself, Jimmy and Chazz.

Cast

Real skaters on set

  • Sarah Kawahara - Main Choreographer
  • Lisa Marie Allen - Assistant Choreographer
  • Sasha Cohen - Herself
  • Scott Hamilton - Himself/Commentator
  • Peggy Fleming - Herself/Skating Official
  • Brian Boitano - Himself/Skating Official
  • Dorothy Hamill - Herself/Skating Official
  • Nancy Kerrigan - Herself/Skating Official
  • Chad Brennan - Will Ferrell's skating double
  • Ethan Burgess - Jon Heder's skating double
  • Patrick Hancock - Will Arnett's skating double / Will Ferrell's skating double 2
  • Tiffany Scott - Amy Poehler's skating double
  • Todd Sand - Additional skating/Jon Heder
  • Ryan McKinnon - Stunt Skate Double
  • Scott Irvine - Stunt Skate Double
  • Armen Saakian - Stunt Skate Double
  • Akop Manoukian - Stunt Skate Double
  • John Zimmerman - Stunts/Himself
  • Kyoko Ina - Stunts/Herself
  • Yuka Sato - Stunts/Herself
  • Jamie Salé - Stunts/Herself
  • David Pelletier - Stunts/Himself
  • Benjamin C. Oberman - Skating Consultant
  • Jonathon DePaz - On-ice Camera Operator
  • Judy Blumberg - Amy Poehler's coach
  • Susan Austin - Will Ferrell's coach
  • Dawn Porter - Jon Heder's coach
  • Julie Brault - Skating Coach (Montreal)
  • Matt Evers - Skate Tree 1
    • 1980 Olympian Lisa Marie Allen also appears in the film as the blonde "Sweater Mom" who gets licked on the face by Will Ferrell's character during his Stockholm solo

Production

All of the scenes at the United States Figure Skating Championships and World Wintersport Games were shot at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The stadium used for the outside shoots is the unique Montreal Olympic Stadium, built for the 1976 Olympics. The outdoor chase scenes were also shot on-location in Montreal. The building used for athlete housing in Montreal was the unique Habitat 67, built for Expo 67.

The film was delayed for a small undetermined period of time when Jon Heder broke his ankle while doing a skating program for the film.[2]

Jon Heder's character answers a reporter's question in Japanese. Heder speaks fluent Japanese, having spent two years in Japan as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Reception

The film had favorable reviews, scoring 69% "Fresh" in Rotten Tomatoes, and the critics' consensus was that "Blades of Glory successfully milks its one-joke premise into a feature-length comedy".[1]

The movie grossed $33,014,202 on its opening weekend in March 30 — April 1 with 3,372 theaters, averaging $9,790 per screen, beating out Disney's Meet the Robinsons to be the number 1 film. It made $22.5 million in its second weekend, losing only 32% of its audience and retaining the Number 1 spot. As of December 3, 2007 the film has made $118,245,842 in America and $26,264,403 in the foreign market place. Its worldwide tally is $145,708,642.

The Monthly critic Luke Davies accepted the film as a fun romp, comparing it to Will Ferrell's previous movies Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and wrote positively of Ferrell's performance, describing that "there is a parodic exhilaration to everything Ferrell does; there's always the sense that any scene is precariously close to being a blooper reel." However, Davies conceded that, like the other two films, the plot was "formulaic ... [with] an obviousness to the set-ups, a no-nonsense compression, a sometimes clunky transition from one sequence to the next" but that it was the film's ability to "venture to fantastically absurd places - to set aside the rapid and hokey forward movement - and there to idle in neutral, in zones of pure comic exploration" and offer "moments of expansive hilarity ... that made the films worthwhile." Davies concluded that "Blades of Glory remains completely deadpan. Everything is self-knowing, a wink at the audience, and cheap shots are made only at the expense of the characters" and that "the film has warmth, rather than just being a series of high-grade lowbrow sketches and gags" due to "the protagonists [ability to] inhabit and fill their world, rather than come up against it, enhanc[ing] the comedy."[3]

References

- Original Score: MTV Soundtracks (You must goto MTV,type in Search window:"Blades Of Glory Soundtrack". Hyperlinks are not allowed) Also found @ "The SoundtrackINFO Project". http://www.soundtrackinfo.com/title/bladesofglory-score.asp. 
- Original Soundtrack: "The SoundtrackINFO Project". http://www.soundtrackinfo.com/title/bladesofglory.asp/. 

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Blades of Glory is a 2007 comedy film about figure skating championships.

Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck. Written by Jeff Cox & Craig Cox and John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky.
Kick Some Ice (taglines)

Dialogue

Jimmy: So, Coach. I was thinking about the music for our routine.
Coach: Really?
Chazz: We're gonna skate to one song, and one song only: "Lady Hump" by the Black Eyed Peas. What you gonna do with all that junk / All that junk inside your trunk? / I'm gonna get you, get you drunk / Get you drunk off my lady humps / My humps, my humps / My lovely lady humps.
Jimmy: [disgusted] I'm not skating to anything with references to lady humps. I don't even know what that means.
Chazz: No one knows what it means, but it's provocative.
Jimmy: No, it's not. It's gross.
Chazz: It gets the people going.

Chazz: Bunk beds?
Jimmy: I don't share rooms.
Chazz: I don't share shit. The night is a very dark time for me.
Jimmy: It's dark for everyone, moron.
Chazz: Not for Alaskans or dudes with night-vision goggles.
Coach: All right, this has got to stop right now. From here on out, you guys are a team. You understand? You are going to eat together, sleep together. You are going to pee together. You're going to file a joint income tax return. Practice starts now. End of discussion.

Chazz: Mind-bottling, isn't it?
Jimmy: Did you just say "mind-bottling"?
Chazz: Yeah. You know when things are so crazy, you get your thoughts trapped, like in a bottle.

Chazz: Why would we step in baby food?
Jimmy: He's talking about the carpet. Berber?
Chazz: What are you? The rug doctor?
Jimmy: Maybe I am.
Chazz: I'm the rug master.
Jimmy: What does that even mean?
Coach: Shut up and take off your damn shoes.

Jimmy: Get out of my face!
Chazz: I'll get inside your face!

Jimmy: Ugh, I'm getting sick. You smell like aftershave and taco meat.
Chazz: Yes, I do. Now scoot over.

Fairchild Van Waldenberg: What's that, mother? You and father are sad that you were killed, driving Katie to her ice-skating lesson all those years ago? Yeah, me too.
Stranz Van Waldenberg: Remember how they used to be alive?

Darren MacElroy: I'm un-adopting you.
Jimmy: What?
Darren MacElroy: I don't think "un-adopting" is the right word for it. Well, legally I'm disowning you.

Jimmy: That was disgusting.
Chazz: That, young man, is how babies are made.

Jimmy: I see you got fat.
Chazz: I see you still look like a 15-year-old girl but not hot.
Jimmy: You crushed my dreams.
Chazz: Dreams? Shit. I haven't had one of those in years.
Jimmy: Zip it, Chazz! Zip it or I will punch you in your crap, lousy face!
Chazz: Hey, This ends tonight!
Jimmy: It's daytime, you douche!

Jimmy: I call top!
Chazz: No, I already called it in my head.
Jimmy: What?! No, you can't do that, that doesn't count.
Chazz: Yes it does. Get used to it, Jimmy; you're in Chazz's world now.

[Chazz shows Jimmy the tattoo of him he got on his arm.]
Chazz: That's you. The wolf, that runs with the lone wolf. So the lone wolf never has to be alone again.
Jimmy: You were drunk when you got it, weren't you?
Chazz: Yes, absolutely hammered. Welcome to the pack.

Grublets on Ice Manager: Are you drunk?
Chazz: No. [Breaks the top off of the bottle of liquor he's holding] But this oughta do it.

Jimmy: This ice has not been properly zambonied. And where's the warm-down room?
Coach: We don't have any of that. What we got is a cold storage unit that a buddy of mine let me flood with a garden hose.

Chazz: This guy could not hold my jock sweat.
Jimmy: I could hold it all day long. Try me!
Chazz: Maybe I will.
Jimmy: Maybe you should.
Chazz: You challenging me, princess?
Jimmy: I'm not inviting you to the Skating Federation's Annual Christmas Party!
Chazz: Then bring it on!
Jimmy: It is on!
Coach: Good. We're in an agreement, then.

Chazz: You know what, dude. Your hand has to be on top.
Jimmy: No way. The girl's goes on top.
Chazz: Yeah, ergo. Chick.
Jimmy: I'm not the girl, I'm stronger.
Chazz: No, I'm stronger and don't have a vagina.
Jimmy: You are not stronger. Watch this, fat ass.
Chazz: Fat ass?

Chazz: I can't do the Lotus with a shattered ankle. I'm just a man for God's sake.
Jimmy: We'll switch places.
Chazz: I swear to God, if you cut my head off...

Coach: Jimmy, you put your clothes on! Jimmy! Damn it!
Jimmy: Watch my icy, hot superslide.
Chazz: Do it.
Jimmy: I will.
Chazz: It's not going to matter because you're flat and front like Ken!

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