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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Will Ferrell
Christina Applegate
Paul Rudd
Fred Willard
Steve Carell
David Koechner.
Directors
Adam McKay.
Screenwriters
Will Ferrell
Adam McKay.
Running Time
94 minutes

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Screwball newsroom comedy with Will Ferrell.


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Plot
Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) is the number one newsman in San Diego, but the arrival of a woman (Applegate) on his news team throws him for a loop.


Review
Will Ferrell is no longer just that funny one from that film with Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn/either of the Wilson brothers. Since Elf, he's been anointed as one of the new kings of comedy, the big hulking dunderhead part of the "Fratpack" - that group of near-middle-aged men who should know better but have provided the biggest guilty laughs of this year.

But Anchorman isn't quite Ferrell's finest creation, having the hit-and-miss quality of an extended Saturday Night Live sketch. His writing credit is indicative of the fact that most of what makes it to screen is clearly just Ferrell and co. making it up as they go along, plot be damned. That sometimes leads to baffling lunacy which borders on the embarrassing, but equally it offers episodes of such inspired idiocy that the only reasonable response is to laugh yourself stupid.

Ferrell's also wise enough to surround himself with a supremely gifted supporting cast. Applegate stirs many a giggle by playing it (relatively) straight in a confederacy of dunces and, mark our words, Steve Carell, who plays dim-witted weather man Brick Tamland, will be giving Ferrell trouble at the box office this time next year...


Verdict
Certainly the silliest comedy of the year, but mainly in a good way. Not quite as inspired as Stiller's Dodgeball, but if it were any more manic you'd have to put it on Ritalin.


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great fun

One of will ferrell best comedies but it does sag in the middle , I do like the piss take on the 70 s news casting and their plenty of laugh out loud performances from Steve carell and tim robbins plus jack black. But its not on par with stepbrothers or the other guys. ... More

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Posted by WozisWoz at 13:42, 10 March 2014 | Report This Post


Afternoon Delight

This film is brilliant, i loved all of it, specifically the afternoon delight song. this scene had me in stitches,a very funny film that everyone can love. ... More

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Posted by Joe McFarlane at 18:41, 23 June 2011 | Report This Post


"brick where did you get a granade"

The funniest adam mckay's funniest film to date and has the best cast for this type of comedy....and if you don't know this film is in empires top 100 out of 500 films of all time so don't worry about it getting three stars. But this is the best randomest movie ever ... More

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Posted by Dirk Diggler 619 at 19:32, 23 May 2011 | Report This Post


Confused Much

Why is this movie so popular. Hordes of crusading Anchorman protectors proclaiming it the funniest movie ever made? Wha? Seriously? I got news for all you jerk offs, it ain't. It doesn't even come close. What is a silly and underwritten comedy stays a silly and underwritten for all of its' running time, and never crosses over into silly comedy. Ferrell is as irritating as ever, and the humour is so American that it makes me sick. All you guys need to watch some real comedies. Actually, no, don't... More

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Posted by blaud at 15:51, 22 March 2011 | Report This Post


One of the funniest and most quotable films of all time. Only Shaun of the Dead and Airplane better it in terms of laughs. The supporting cast are great, especially Carrel, "I ate a big red candle" and Rudd "60% of the time it works everytime". But this is Ferrels show and he is one of the greatest comic creation of all time. He may be very stupid and walks a very tight line between likeable classy egotysticle buffoon and cocky annoying TV presenter. But only a man like Ron B... More

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Posted by stevolegendbauer at 16:41, 04 August 2010 | Report This Post


Ferrel Vs Carell

There's no question about Anchorman being absolutely hilarious, that's a given. The only question is, which one is funnier? Will Ferrel's arrogant, moustach-bearing lead anchor Ron Burgundy, or Steve Carell's mentally-challenged, bespectacled weatherman, Brick Tamland? Whichever side you choose to take, there's something to find brilliantly funny. If your a Ferrell man, watch for his emotional breakdown in the phonebooth and his reaction to insults about his hair. On the other hand, if you... More

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Posted by COLO at 13:37, 02 July 2010 | Report This Post


One of the funniest movies ever made!

This is so rib-crackingly hilarious that I damn near shit myself, especially when (SPOILER ALERT!) Jack Black's biker drop-kicks Baxter off the bridge. My favourite one of the news team has to be Paul Rudd- "It works 60% of the time. Every time." "That doesn't make sense." I can understand how some people may not find it that funny but for me, this is one of those perfect comedies. ... More

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Posted by !xHoTRoDx! at 10:37, 10 May 2010 | Report This Post


3 stars?

this is without doubt one of the funniest laugh out loud comedies i have ever seen. Its testament to the movie that i never tire of watching it. The fact the reviewer has given it a ridiculous 3 stars & rated Dodgeball as a superior film is a complete joke. ... More

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Posted by jaysonski at 12:44, 28 April 2010 | Report This Post


Endlesly quotable

This is without a doubt the film most quoted by all of my friends, myself included. Seriously needs to be re-evaluated to be given the higher rating it deserves. ... More

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Posted by gregmeister11 at 14:41, 05 March 2010 | Report This Post


Funniest Movie Ever Made

It is a bold statement, but this is easily the funniest movie ever. Every single line wil guarantee to make you laugh out loud. Fact. Great comic performances and an astounding script make this a genre masterpiece. Not as witty as The Princess Bride, nor as ingenious as Evil Dead 2, but in terms of laugh-out-loud moments, you absolutely cannot beat it. Priceless. ... More

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Posted by Kieran94 at 19:59, 21 January 2010 | Report This Post


Absolutely the most fantastic comedy of the decade! ... More

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Posted by Abolyss at 23:08, 24 December 2009 | Report This Post


Gets better with age.

Ok let me start off by saying I have never written a review for anything in my life, untill I saw that empire (who I find normally have the most down to earth reviews) gave this film 3 stars. Was the critic high at the time?, was he watching the film in subtitles. Now iv only recently within the past year watched Anchorman and I can honestly say its one of the most abdominal muscle killing films iv ever seen, I think I had 3 little wee wee's watching it. Not only this but it has one of the rare... More

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Posted by pitbull2001 at 15:46, 13 December 2009 | Report This Post


Review please

Empire needs to review this with a critic who is not 60 years plus! 5 stars all the way...the most quotable movie since Ace Ventura! Jack Blacks cameo is pant wettable stuff! ... More

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Posted by Samurai7 at 14:07, 23 November 2009 | Report This Post


RE: Anchorman

3 stars??? Are you mad. You gave Role Models 4 stars!!! Cop on and re-review this ... More

Posted by robcas20 at 14:04, 16 April 2009 | Report This Post


RE: Empire really messed up on this review!

This is one of the all time greatest comedies ever made in my humble opinion - Empire should reissue another eview/essay on this and give it the 5 stars it richly deserves, it's that good. ... More

Posted by jamiemulls at 12:54, 16 April 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Best Comedy of the New Millennium so far...

Everyone was on the top of their game, especially Will Ferrell combined arrogence with stupidity incredibly well, creating a comedy legend which he hasn't bettered. ... More

Posted by Workshed at 10:08, 20 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Best Comedy of the New Millennium so far...

I went on this just to type " I love lamp" but about 9 people have beaten me to it! How great is Paul Rudd though? I saw The 40 Year Old Virgin for the first time a few weeks back and he's so funny in it (and Knocked Up), has anyone seen 'Role Models' yet?? ... More

Posted by Taizy at 23:02, 19 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Best Comedy of the New Millennium so far...

funniest moment in that film belongs to Jack Black. And the guy with the cowboy hat is just shite. The News team's face off and fight has it's moments. Sorry forgot about Carrel he was funny as fuck in Evan Almighty. ... More

Posted by kargon at 12:10, 17 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Best Comedy of the New Millennium so far...

L: kargon I said FACT cos it's the truth sp; So much for opinion....   Dodgeball was funny but Anchorman also has Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughan; but most importantly it has Steve Carrell. You can keep your wimpy boy getting hit by wrenches, Brick you just can't compete with.   "Where did you get your clothes...at the toilet store?"   (silence) ... More

Posted by st3veebee at 11:34, 17 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Best Comedy of the New Millennium so far...

L: kargon Dodgeball IS better. FACT odgeball is shit. It wishes it could be as funny as Anchorman. ... More

Posted by Bickle at 10:48, 17 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Best Comedy of the New Millennium so far...

I said FACT cos it's the truth ... More

Posted by kargon at 07:53, 17 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Best Comedy of the New Millennium so far...

The learned gentleman gave Forrest Gump 9/10 in his 500 'greats' in 500 days thread. I rest my case m'lud. ... More

Posted by Indio at 23:23, 16 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Best Comedy of the New Millennium so far...

Putting FACT in capitals after a statement doesn't make it any less just your opinion. ... More

Posted by Gazdance at 20:24, 16 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Best Comedy of the New Millennium so far...

That's so wrong, I nearly vomited. ... More

Posted by Workshed at 14:43, 16 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: The Best Comedy of the New Millennium so far...

Dodgeball IS better. FACT ... More

Posted by kargon at 13:37, 16 February 2009 | Report This Post


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