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BLADES OF GLORY
USA: Paramount Pictures
UK: Paramount Pictures UK
Cast: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, William Fichtner, Jenna Fischer, Romany Malco, Nick Swardson, Rob Corddry, Craig T Nelson, Scott Hamilton, Andy Richter, Greg Lindsay, Nick Jameson, Tom Virtue
Directors: Will Speck, Josh Gordon
USA & UK: 93 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language, a comic violent image and some drug references
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate sex references and slapstick violence
USA Release Date: 30 March 2007
UK Release Date: 6 April 2007
Perhaps nowhere in sports is the marriage of athleticism and grace more evident than in the arena of world champion pairs figure skating—the lifts, the jumps, the routines. The perfect score results from the perfect blend of strength and sophistication, prowess and artistry, brawn and refinement. It's an elegant world, a rarefied universe, a noble place populated by the creme de la creme of skating elite.
Well, it used to be...
When the macho, swaggering Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) takes to the rink, he is the rock star of the arena, leaving a trail of thrashed ice and shrieking female fans in his wake.
The only competitor who can match Michaels' scores (on the ice, that is) is the driven former child prodigy, Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder), who now stands as the picture of poise, the personification of the highest ideals of the men's sport.
Michaels and MacElroy have met in finals rounds before, but their latest head-to-head at the World Championships results in a tie for first place. Their longstanding rivalry erupts and the ensuing brawl lands both athletes in hot water: Chazz and Jimmy are called before the sport's governing board, stripped of their gold medals and banned from the sport for life.
Now, three-and-a-half years later, both men are still trying to find their way in a world without competitive skating. Michaels has devolved into a drunken party machine, skating as a costumed evil wizard in a kiddie ice review, and MacElroy has been banished to the shoe department of a chain sporting goods store.
But then, inspiration (in the form of an over-friendly, former stalker of Jimmy's) strikes, and he enlightens them of a loophole they can exploit. To skate again, all Chazz and Jimmy have to do is set aside their long festering hatred of one another and join forces by becoming the first male/male figure skating pair to compete in the history of the sport... if the sport survives, that is!