When rivalry between the world’s best men’s figure skaters – sex addicted, improvisational Chazz Michael Michaels and germophobic, precise Jimmy MacElroy – breaks into a fight on the awards platform, they’re banned from the event for life. Three years later, desire for a gold medal and a careful reading of the rules lead them to compete as skating’s first male-male pair. Can they overcome mutual dislike, limited time to prepare, their coach’s secret past, and the dirty tricks of their main opponents, the Van Waldenberg siblings?
Josh Gordon & Will Speck
Comedy, Romance, Sport
Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer, William Fichtner, Craig T. Nelson,
Romany Malco, Nick Swardson
I wasn’t expecting much from this movieÃ‚Â becuase I expected Will Ferrel’s shtick would start to run thin. Both Ferrel and Heder played the type of character I expected from them. Heder gave something similar to the Napoleon Dynamite character and Will Ferrell was Will Ferrell. What I didn’t expect was the humor. Ferrel carried the show and played the funniest character by far, but Heder didn’t drag him down like I thought he would and the two worked well together.
The Ferrel-Heder exchanges are drenched with homoeroticism, and their struggles to come to terms with each other’s lifestyles (Ferrel: “I’m a sex addict. It’s my cross to bear” and Heder: “If you can dream it, you can do it!”) are funny enough to carry the film for large sections. The supporting performances of the Waldenbergs (Will Arnett, Amy Poelher, and Jenna Fischer) fill in the gaps successfully, their conversations charged with an unusual mix of villainy and incestuous desire. Then of course there are the skating scenes, which are quite a sight to behold, in all their spandex-and-diamonds splendour.
The humor was low brow to be sure, just like in every other project Ferrell does, but I happen to like that sort of humor, so I enjoyed it.