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DVD Review: “Blades of Glory”

(Dreamworks Home Entertainment. 2007. 1 Disc. Color. Widescreen. 93 minutes. Rated PG-13. Directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon.) Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer. Music by Theodore Shapiro.

You would think that it would be difficult to make fun of something as odd and flamboyant as figure skating, but this film manages capably. Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy McElroy (Heder) get into a fight after tying for a gold medal at the world championships, and are banned from figure skating. However, due to a loophole, they come back into competition as a pair. The plot is no deep and edifying piece, but it lends itself to some good laughs. Ferrell reprises his usual role as the macho, dim-witted jerk, but it works well against Heder’s effeminate, overgrown child. The supporting cast is solid, with Poehler and Arnett playing a creepy brother/sister duo who hang their parents’ deaths over the head of their sister (Fischer). However, the crazy costumes steal the show. Heder’s peacock outift, and the duo’s Tron meets Flash Gordon suits at the end are some of the highlights. This movie is unabashedly silly and over-the-top, and realizing that is the easiest way to enjoyment. The large amount of special features includes a gag reel, alternate takes (some that were funnier than the real ones), deleted scenes, a music video, a Q&A with the stars, several photo galleries and several behind-the-scenes featurettes. Light-hearted fun that’s at least worth a rental.

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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