Blades of Glory

Starring Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, and Amy Poehler. Rated PG.

Anything Will Ferrell does is funny. If he ordered eggs over easy at a greasy spoon, it would be funny. If he bought fabric softener at the supermarket, it would be hysterical. So Blades of Glory is funny mostly because he is its costar.

Ferrell plays Chazz Michael Michaels, the corn-fed, Billy Ray Cyrus–inspired bad boy of the figure-skating arena. When Michaels ties for first place with his main challenger, man-boy Jimmy MacElroy (played by Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder), the sworn rivals engage in fisticuffs on the gold-medal platform and are subsequently banned from men's singles skating for life.

Three years later, an obsessive fan informs MacElroy of a loophole. He may be banned from singles skating forever but he's eligible to compete in the doubles competition if he finds a partner. Through an unlikely (but amusing) series of events, MacElroy teams up with Michaels to create the first ever all-male doubles skating team. The results are beyond absurd but entertaining.

This is mostly thanks to Ferrell's efforts. He's funny in a way that is not quite as painful as Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm yet not as moronic as Ben Stiller in Zoolander. Supporting actors Will Arnett (Arrested Development) and Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live), as reigning brother-and-sister pairs skating champs, are underchallenged by their roles but are reasonably amusing.

The big problem with Blades of Glory is that costar Heder just isn't that great an actor, at least in this role. Heder may yet prove to be the Keanu Reeves of half-witted child-man actors, and as the fluff-haired figure-skating prodigy in Blades, he is a rather lightweight foil to Ferrell's imposing comedic presence.

Regardless, for all his lack of comedic chops, Heder makes up for it in awww, ain't that cuteness. The movie may not be exactly "glorious!" (as Ferrell's character in Old School would say), but it doesn't fall flat on its face, either.