"Anchorman" just didn't do it for me. At once it was a laugh out loud, slap your mama funny movie and then it becomes this dull, worn out, drawn out and unfunny Saturday Night Live skit from the mid-90's. In other words, when it is funny, it's very funny, but when it misses the mark, it misses by a good ol' country mile.
Will Ferrell goofs his way through this flick in sometimes funny, but mostly annoying, fashion. Christina Applegate wasted herself here. The "newsteam" that backed up Ferrell was boring. I have to admit, though, that they captured the oafishness and all out idiotic mentality of most reporters. I've worked with a few in my day when I was at a local station, and the majority of them aren't half as great as they think they are. Their egos are bloated well beyond capacity.
The funniest parts of this film are when other stars make cameo appearances. Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins, Vince Vaughn, and Luke Wilson all have wonderful bit parts that result in hilarity. The gem of the bunch has got to be Jack Black. His burrito-induced road rage resulting in a punted pooch is classic.
I don't recommend purchasing this flick. It's not silly enough to be considered "brainless" humor and it is entirely too idiotic to be intelligently funny. However, the few gutbusters that are found here are worthy of at least one viewing. Pick it up as a rental and then let fate take over from there.
*** out of **** Adam McKay's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" is a full-time, full-force farce. A lot of comedies tend to at least try and achieve some sort of slight dramatic resonance, but this film has a whoopee cushion for a brain. Whenever the artificial sound of a fart is triggered, the film gets inspired. But that's just how it works. And it might have rendered the screenplay - which it racy, talky, and somewhat raunchy (although only extended to dick and fart … more
Anchorman just happens to be one of those movies that have a very interesting concept but it can seem incredibly stupid at the same time. I can't lie because I am a big Will Ferrell fan so I was very hype to see it when it came out so I went right to the theatres. I came out with a lot of anger and all I could say was it was horrible. After seeing it in the theatre for some reason I bought the DVD and now I can't stop watching it. See these types of movies need a tremendous amount of nothing to … more
Pros: Ferrell, cameos Cons: not funny, boring, awful characters The Bottom Line: "It's anchorman not anchorlady!" In comedy, there is such a thing as good stupid. Dude, Wheres My Car? was certainly a stupid movie featuring stupid characters, but at least it made me laugh. It doesnt take much to make me chuckle, but I think I laughed approximately five times during Anchorman, and two of those were during the outtakes … more
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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Will Farrell followed up his star-making vehicleElf, which matched his fine-tuned comic obliviousness to a sweet sincerity, with a more arrogant variation on the same character: Ron Burgundy, a macho, narcissistic news anchor from the 1970s. Along with his news posse--roving reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd,Clueless), sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner), and dim-bulb weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell,Bruce Almighty)--Burgundy rules the roost in San Diego, fawned upon by groupies and supported by a weary producer (Fred Willard,Best In Show) who tolerates Burgundy's ego because of good ratings. But when Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate,View from the Top) arrives with ambitions to become an anchor herself, she threatens the male-dominated newsroom.Anchormanhas plenty of funny material, but it's as if Farrell couldn't decide what he really wanted to mock, and so took smart-ass cracks at everything in sight. Still, there are moments of inspired delirium.--Bret Fetzer