Director: Will Speck, Josh Gordon
Will Farrell has comfortably solidified himself as a SNL Alumni who can provide consistent entertainment. There wont be arty direction or clever plot twists but there will be a funny man adlibbing jokes. This time he dips into the easy comedic pickings of the figure skating world. To use the Ferrell-o-meter, it’s better than his send-up of the news world in Anchorman but not as good as his NASCAR material in Talladega Nights. It actually felt a lot like Zoolander on ice.
Ferrell and a Jon Heder play ying and yang rival champions. Heder is the feathered haired orphan, programmed at an early age to be flawless perfection on the ice. Ferrell is the bad boy rebel sex addict overdosing on testosterone, and occasionally, alcohol. The two ‘bring it on’ and get disqualified from ‘single men’s category’ so they join forces to be the first all male pairs team. Of course, there always has to be the ‘evil team’ and it’s played quite well by Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, who fiendishly plot to win Tonya Harding style.
As well, for those actually familiar with ice skating, it has some stars including cameos by Kerrigan, Cohen, Brian Boitano and Peggy Fleming.
Besides that, a review of this movie isn’t really necessary, since you get what you’re promised. You don’t get a clever plot, character development, or anything new. But if you’re stoked to see a Will Ferrell in a movie about figure skating, you wont be disappointed.