Blades of Glory
By Dawn Januszkewicz
Will Farrell, who plays Chazz Michael Michaels, a sex-addicted, middle-aged, homophobic figure skater from the sewer, who is juxtaposed by John Heder, playing Jimmy MacElroy, a foppish boy of privilege, adopted by, and later abandoned by, a gambling tycoon.
These contradicting stereotypes make the ideal pair for a figure skating satire. Despite the potential, the primary jokes are of a homoerotic and homophobic nature. Simple as it was, the acting was indeed good enough to make the wildly unrealistic plot and all its gaps funny. Farrell delivered a performance that would titillate his fans, making the absurd character sparkle in this absurd movie.
Heder meets the challenge posed in a typical Farrell film, portraying characters that are even more blatantly absurd than those in Napoleon Dynamite, proving that he does comedy well and shows us he will not be a one-hit wonder.
An additional vein of comedy is supplied by Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, a force of conflict and the only competition in the pair division, who have an equally screwed up family dynamic as our oddly paired homophobic skating duo. Arnett and Poehler play inherently evil saboteurs who do everything in their power to break up Farrell and Heder.
Slapstick fans will find this movie a glorious 90-minute stay from reality that they will enjoy watching on DVD after a few beers. Cultured and intellectual filmgoers, who find Farrell's comedies vapid and offensive, will be bored and offended, so stay away.
Published July 1, 2007
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