Blades of Glory (2007)
Here's another Frat Pack film in a sub-genre that is easily surpassing the Brat Packers output in the 80s. The form and narrative structure is as conventionalized and well-known as possible, but Blades of Glory is blessed with some fairly fresh situational comedy and a couple of comedians at the peak of their careers in Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. Even though most of Ferrell and Heder’s antics in here must be considered more a series of skits and numbers than logical cohesive parts of a film, they will work in as far as putting a smile on your face. The film’s inherent sillyness is ultimately overshadowed by the talent and energy of the performers. And as the film moves along, the producers find enough fresh angles and ideas surrounding the already scandalized figure skating scene combined with the ever-awkward idea of men having to perform sensual, intimate acts dressed in semi-drag with another men in front of thousands of people. It is an idea that the filmmakers are able to get quite a lot of juice squeezed out of, and even if not all the juice tastes equally refreshing, it will certainly satisfy the general frat pack audience at least as much as the average comedy will.