After the slapstick antics of Anchorman and Talladega Nights, Will Ferrell ventures into the world of ice skating with another goofy comedy.
He plays a maverick skater who is forced to team up with his more conservative rival (Jon Heder) in order to compete at the Olympics.
Somehow managing to make a virtue out of its own self conscious stupidity, the laughs arrive with surprising regularity. Jenna Fischer, from the US version of The Office, turns up in a supporting role.
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William Wilberforce is give the biopic treatment in this old fashioned but polished tale of the man who helped bring about the end of slavery in the 18th century.
Ioan Gruffud plays Wilberforce and is joined by an illustrious cast that includes Albert Finney, Michael Gambon and Toby Jones.
Michael Apted directs the film with his usual solid professionalism and although the film is fairly old fashioned in its approach the power of the story makes it worth seeing.
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