From his cameo appearances in the Austin Powers and Frat Pack films (like Wedding Crashers), to his Saturday Night Live skits to Anchorman (possibly the funniest film of the last ten years), Ferrell has proved he knows how to find the funny bone.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Ferrell's last comedy film) missed the mark by some way, though. So can teaming him up with Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and a team of new writers and directors do anything to turn the tide?
Thankfully, the answer is "yes". While not reaching the magnificent heights of Anchorman, Blades of Glory is still a very funny film and well above the standard of most comedies released.
For the record, the story follows two champions in the world of men's figure skating. Ferrell plays Chazz Michael Michaels, the naturally gifted, improvisational, sexy star of the ice, who drinks heavily and doesn't give a skate about anything. Heder is Jimmy MacElroy, who has practiced since a very early age to achieve technical perfection in the sport. However, when they both get a lifetime ban from competing in the men's event for fighting, their only choice is to skate together as a pair.
Obviously the premise is silly, as are most of the events in the film, but it definitely works as a source of amusement and the two stars make a comedy duo worth watching. With American television stars Will Arnett (Arrested Development) and Jenna Fischer (The Office) playing supporting roles, the cast is rounded out with great comedy performances.
Best of all, Blades of Glory manages to give you the feel good feeling that most sports movies try for – the buzz that comes from triumphing over adversity.