Over Thanksgiving weekend, my family and I settled down to a Will Ferrell extravaganza — a double feature of Blades of Glory and Talladega Nights. I’ve seen – and loved – both movies before, and the second time might even have been better than the first.
In Blades of Glory, Will Ferrell and Jon Heder (Napolean Dynamite) play rival figure skaters who have to skate together in the pairs competition in order to win the gold medal in the world figure skating championship. Amy Pohler and her husband play the cutthroat rival skating team, and Jenna Fischer (The Office) plays their sweet sister who falls for Jon Heder’s character. Craig T. Nelson is great as the guys’ skating coach.
In Talladega Nights, Ferrell plays champion racecar driver Ricky Bobby. Yes, this is a silly movie, but there are so many quotable lines and great performances. John C. Reilly, who is fantastic in everything he’s been in, plays Ricky Bobby’s dumb best friend and fellow racecar driver, Sacha Baron Cohen plays a gay, French racecar driver who challenges Ricky Bobby’s championship status, Jane Lynch (in everything, but my current favorite of her roles is Sue Sylvester in Glee) as Ricky Bobby’s tough but God-fearing mother, Gary Cole as Ricky Bobby’s deadbeat dad, Leslie Bibb as Bobby’s sexy and ruthless wife, and Amy Adams as the “sexy behind the glasses and frumpy hairstyle” assistant.
Both movies are immature, inappropriate for children (although my children and niece love them!) and raunchy, but they’re hilarious. Or maybe my taste is suspect!