Would you believe that figure skating could be the subject of the next big comedy smash? Well… would you believe it if the movie starred Will Farrell? And Jon [Napoleon Dynamite] Heder? Then check this out: Blades of Glory is, quite possibly, the oddest buddy movie I’ve ever seen.
When the fiery presentation of Chazz Michael Michaels [will Ferrell] and the cool, perfect technique of Jimmy MacElroy [Jon Heder] result in a tie at the 2000 Olympics, the two break into a fight on the podium – sharing a gold isn’t enough for either of them. The brawl costs them the right to compete for the rest of their lives – or so it seems…
Their banishment affects Michaels and MacElroy in different ways: Michaels winds up a lush, playing the evil wizard in a low-rent Ice Capades knockoff called Grublets that performs in a Chuck E. Cheese kind of kids’ environment, while MacElroy is disowned by his billionaire adoptive father [William Fichtner] and is reduced to working in a sporting goods store.
MacElroy’s most obsessive fan finds a loophole that will allow the fallen idols to compete again – as a pairs team! The only question is whether MacElroy will be able to convince Michaels to give it a shot – and his old coach [Craig T. Nelson] to train them.
Blades of Glory transfers the buddy movie from cop shows and other genres, into the world of competitive figure skating. The knowing script, by Jeff & Craig Cox, pokes fun at the expectations of its audience – in terms of thinking about figure skating as “gay” – with a few well-timed gags that take the piss out of those expectations by confronting them head-on. Then the story moves on to parody such buddy movie cliche