Ron Burgundy is San Diego’s top rated newsman in the male dominated broadcasting of the 1970’s, but that’s all about to change when a new female employee with ambition to burn arrives in his office.
Writers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate and Steve Carell
Runtime/Raiting: 94 Minutes/R
Popcorn Score: Large Popcorn with Butter
Review Written By: Adam Bergerson
This Quick Popcorn Review was taken from the Top Ten Will Ferrell Movies List:
Anchorman is a farce comedy about a 1970s news team struggling to accept a female as a member of its workplace. The Channel 4 news team, which is headlined by Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) also stars Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) as San Diego’s most successful news team. They are hesitant to accept producer Ed Harkens idea to add female anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) to the mix.
Ron Burgandy is a self-absorbed lead man that doesn’t have a clue what he is doing yet believes he is the greatest news anchor to ever live. Champ Kind is the always entertaining sports anchor who has coined the term “Whammy”. Brian Fantana is the very confident feature story anchor who has named each member of his genitals and if you’re lucky you might get to meet the whole gang. Lastly is Brick Tamland who is the mentally challenged weather man who adds something special with each one of his lines.
Upon seeing Ms Corningstone for the first time Ron does a complete 180 as he takes a love interest in his new co-worker. After doing his best to seduce/sexually harass her at the office she reluctantly accepts his offer to go out on a date where he breaks out his jazz flute to really impress her. When things seem to be going well, Ms. Corningstone decides she would like an increased role at the station and their relationship takes a turn for the worse as Ron feels she is attempting to succeed him as the top anchor for the station.
The most important part of the entire movie is the constant sarcasm that’s present in every scene. The one-liners are present throughout and each member of the team has more than one shining moment. The movie is very much like a lot of Ferrell’s other movies in that it seems as if the script is there, but a lot of it is also improve which is what really makes it great. This has to make any top 10 Will Ferrell list and in my opinion belongs in the top half of that list as well.
Large Popcorn with Butter.