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Ferrell, Heder skate for laughs in hilarious 'Glory'

Will Ferrell and Jon Heder are both fantastic actors. They both possess a comic touch that can't be taught. They both obviously know their craft and have it mastered.

However, let's be honest, Ferrell, who is best known for "Anchorman" and "Elf," and Heder, star of "Napoleon Dynamite," have been inconsistent at the box office in recent years. While both "Talladega Nights" (Ferrell) and "The Benchwarmers" (Heder) were box office successes, both have had flops since their big breaks. "Just Like Heaven" by Heder and "Bewitched" by Ferrell both made much less than anticipated.

However, both deliver stellar performances in this slapstick comedy which opened Friday. "Blades of Glory" tells the story of archrival figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) who have been banned from figure skating for fighting during a competition. However, one of McElroy's die-hard fans finds a loophole in the rule book that means they could compete in doubles skating. Along the way they grow as people together, face challenges together, and yes, even live together. Of course, there's a Tonya Harding-like villain named Fairchild Van Waldenberg standing in their way.

Ferrell has played the dimwitted macho man in several of his movies, so it's no surprise he has the character down cold. Ferrell has tried to become more of a serious actor of late but comedy is clearly his niche. Heder really shows his acting talent in this movie. MacElroy is a female in a male's body, and Heder was the character. Clearly Heder used some of Ferrell's techniques but only enough to still make the character his own. In fact, if given a choice, I'd say Heder was the better of the two, but he did have more of the one-liners. Both Ferrell and Heder deliver laughs early and often.

I can't say I watch figure skating, so my expectations weren't very high for the skating scenes. Quite frankly I thought I would be annoyed by them. However, I thought they were right on the money. The choreography clearly was trying too hard to keep the viewer entertained, but I was entertained none the less. In fact, males might just get more of a kick out of the skating scenes then women. Let's just say, if you're a big fan of crotch jokes, you won't be disappointed by this movie.

"Blades of Glory" narrowly misses the mark on being a perfect movie, but it guarantees to satisfy. Certain "moves" were so obviously computerized, they made me cringe. However, this movie proves beyond a doubt, if anyone wondered about it, that Heder and Ferrell are first-class comedians.

Patrick Hyzy is a freshman at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

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>BLADES OF GLORY

PG-13
Review: 3 1/2 stars (out of four)

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