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2007-05-24 10:24
In the world of competitive figure skating, you don’t get more different than macho sex symbol Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and blonde-haired waif Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder). When they tie for first place at the Winter Games, the pair gets into a brawl that sees them banned from singles skating for life. Then they discover a loophole that allows them to compete – as a pair. Comedy is a strange beast. So many movies that look screamingly funny on paper fail to deliver in reality (Starsky & Hutch for example). And then you get a big, dumb, sweaty satire that makes fun of the most obvious target of all time – male figure skating – and throws in some not too subtle hints of homophobia. And, you know what, it’s hilarious. The movie’s extremely talented leads deserve a lot of the credit. Ferrell and Heder have very different comedy styles, but in this case the friction is constructive, throwing off sparks of unexpected delight. In the funniest scenes they have the kind of loose-but-precise timing that made Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn such a delight to watch in The Wedding Crashers.
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