Film / Blades of Glory

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Blades of Glory is a 2007 comedy film starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder.

In 2003, two champion skaters — Charles "Chazz" Michael Michaels and James "Jimmy" MacElroy are banned from Men's Singles skating after a fight on the winner's stand.

After going through a slump in their lives, Jimmy discovers a loophole with the help of his stalker Hector saying that he can compete in the doubles even though he's been banned. Jimmy gains the help of his coach, but is unable to find a female partner, so they enlist the help of his rival Chazz to compete in the Figure Skating Championships.

The two must overcome mutual dislike, limited time to prepare, their coach's secret past, and the dirty tricks of their main opponents, the Van Waldenberg siblings. The key to victory or defeat may lie in the attraction of Jimmy towards Katie, the Van Waldenbergs' little sister.

Not to be confused with Balls of Fury.


This movie contains the following tropes:

  • Adorkable: Both Jimmy and Katie.
  • Aerith and Bob: Stranz, Fairchild... and Katie.
  • Anything That Moves: Chazz is such a sex addict that when he goes to therapy, he can't help hitting on other patients, by telling them about previous sexual encounters in great detail.
  • Artistic License Sports: Played with, as the event is a technically not real allegory of the Olympics, but not really the Olympics themselves, see Bland-Name Product below.
    • At the beginning, joint gold medalists Jimmy and Chazz are joined on the podium by a silver and a bronze medalist. The WWSC might have alternate rules, but in all major sporting championships, when there is a tie for gold, no silver medal is awarded.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Chazz and Stranz's chase while wearing their skates.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Katie.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Stranz and Fairchild.
  • Bland-Name Product: "But wait!", you say. "Winter Olympics figure skating rules specifically state that a pairs team must be a man and a woman!" Well, these are the World Winter Sport Games. By the same token, many of the moves they make are illegal in Real Life Winter Olympics. Luckily for them, they're not competing in the Olympics.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Van Waldenberg siblings.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Stranz and Fairchild have Twin Cest. Will Arnett and Amy Poehler were married in real life at the time.
  • Butt Monkey: Katie at the hands of her siblings.
  • The Cameo: Several famous figure-skaters make cameos as themselves. Notably Olympian Alexandra Pauline "Sasha" Cohen is apparently a disturbingly enthusiastic Chazz fangirl in universe.
  • Camp Straight: Jimmy
  • The Casanova: Chazz
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Stranz and Fairchild's many attempts which include: attempting to capture Chazz and Jimmy, and spraining Chazz's ankle when Fairchild pulls off her pearls and one of his skates rolls over it.
  • Cool Toy: Chazz' specially-made brush.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Iron Lotus may be the most dangerous figure skating technique ever; when performed incorrectly, someone usually gets decapitated.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Even the death of Marilyn Monroe! Naturally, this is very much Truth in Television for most figure skaters, especially the ballroom dancing on skates ice dancers.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Children's ice shows for Chazz? Sporting-goods clerk or Jimmy? These are tailor-made movie nadirs from which to launch a comeback.
  • Fan Disservice: Will Ferrell in a bathtowel.
  • Fanservice: Jenna Fischer in lingerie.
  • First Kiss: Jimmy and Katie. An especially awkward example (because it may well be the first kiss ever, for both characters).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The "Sex Addict's Prayer".
  • Gainax Ending: The last scene was...unexpected.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Katie
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Jimmy
  • I Am the Noun:
    Chazz: I am ice skating!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chazz
  • Large Ham: Chazz, again.
  • Loophole Abuse: Two examples. First, as Hector points out, Jimmy is only banned from singles skating; he can still skate pairs. Second, the World Winter Skate rules does not state that skating pairs must be of the opposite sex, allowing Jimmy and Chazz to enter as a team.
  • Low-Speed Chase: There's a hilarious chase scene between Chaz and Stranz which happens while they're both wearing ice skates — on pavement.
  • Manipulative Bastards: Stranz and Fairchild wring as much guilt out of Katie for accidentally being the cause of their parents' deaths as humanly possible. She breaks free by declaring that their parents were the cause (or at least large contributors) of the accident.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: Stranz and Chazz get one during the aforementioned Low-Speed Chase when the blades of their skates get stuck in the escalator steps. Chazz has just enough time to rib on Stranz's outfit before they can resume the chase.
  • Mundane Utility: Chazz can shoot fireballs out of his hands, which no one finds at all unusual. (Jimmy finds it annoying.) The only thing he uses them for is his fierce victory poses. Until the end, anyway.
  • Nice Gal: The all-too-cute and wholesome Katie.
  • Noodle Incident: Chazz mentions that at one point, his urine smelled like marshmallows for an entire month.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Jimmy walking in on Chazz groping Katie after she was sent to seduce him and break up the team.
  • Odd Name Out: The Van Waldenberg siblings: Stranz, Fairchild, and Katie.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Hi there, Jenna Fischer.
  • Off with Her Head!: In the Iron Lotus video the coach shows, a North Korean gets her head chopped off when they perform the move.
  • Parental Abandonment: Jimmy's adopted father disowns him after he's kicked out of men's figure skating for brawling with Chazz.
  • Pun-Based Title
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Brother-sister ice dancing pairs do happen. There were four at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Jimmy's peacock costume was inspired by male figure skater Johnny Weir's swan-based costume, complete with the glove representing the beak.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Chazz and Jimmy, notably in the theme for their first competition together, "Fire and Ice".
  • Refuge in Audacity: Everything Stranz and Fairchild do.
  • Riding into the Sunset: Chazz and Jimmy ride out of the arena into space on rocket skates after winning the skating Championships.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Jimmy and Chazz. Just look at them.
  • Serious Business: The movie focuses on skating to which the antagonists would go to great lengths to win
  • Shout-Out: The Iron Lotus bears an uncanny resemblance to the Pamchenko from the figure skating movie The Cutting Edge, which also featured a pair of antagonistic figure skaters.
    • Chazz thinks that Stranz's JFK costume is supposed to be Rod Serling
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: The Van Waldenbergs in general but especially Katie.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Stranz and Fairchild at the end.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Hector! And he's really creepy about it.
    Hector: I totally want to cut off your skin and wear it to my birthday... it's coming up...
  • Technician Vs Performer: Jimmy is the technical person, and Chazz is the performer.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: Chazz goes to one of these meetings for sex addicts. None of them seem to be making any progress though.
  • The Unfavorite: Katie with her brother and sister Stranz and Fairchild. They use their parents' car accident in order to make her do their dirty work.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Stranz and Fairchild are always dressed up, even when they're just relaxing at home.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Chazz, while working for a children's ice show during the three years he is banned from competition, gets drunk and throws up inside his 'evil wizard' giant costume head.

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