Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Movie Review: "Anchorman" (2004)

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Director: Adam McKay
Year: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

It's the 1970's, and Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), along with Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and Champ Kind (David Koechner) are San Diego's number one news team. The station they work for is looking to get with the times by hiring on a female reporter, and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) gets the gig. Despite sexist opposition from the members of the news team, she is hired as a field reporter and given fluff stories to report. Against her better judgment, she starts a relationship with Ron and things seems all good at first. One day, everything changes: burritos are thrown, dogs are kicked, glass cases of emotion are containing, and in Ron's absence, Veronica fills in for his nightly news spot. Because she did so well in the numbers, she is given a permanent spot as his co-anchor. This beings a jealous, bitter rivalry between the two, where they engage in a battle between progressive change and the status quo. 

This is one of our favorite movies. It's a satire of the 1970's and pokes fun at the sexism that was common in the workplace. This deeper message, however, is shrouded under a cloak of penis, fart, and poop jokes, but unlike Sandler and company, these jokes and this movie as a whole manage to garner many laughs. This movie is still just as quotable and relevant today as it was when it came out in theaters, so much so that there was a virtual uprising to make a sequel.

This is probably Will Ferrell's best starring role and the one thing he will always be known for. Hell, he's done enough promotional work as Ron Burgundy, so why not? Christina Applegate isn't necessarily a serious actress, so she meshes well with the gang. Her and Ferrell are a really funny on-screen duo. Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner are hilarious additions to Ron's new team, and some of the best lines in the movie come from these characters. There are many, many 'friends of Ferrell' cameos in this film, all of which are campy, cheesy, and laughable.

Overall, this a movie we could watch time and time again, all while quoting the entire thing. It's a movie we have to watch with our friends whenever they come into town. It's nostalgic for us, and will always remain funny. Besides, how many movies feature San Diego as their primary setting? Not very many, so we'll take what we can get...and we got a good one!

My Rating: 10/10
BigJ's Rating: 9/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

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