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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Unrated) [Blu-ray]
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Will Ferrel (Old School, Elf) is Ron Burgundy, a top-rated 1970's San Diego anchorman who believes women have a place in the newsroom - as long as they stick to covering fashion shows or late-breaking cooking stories. So when ron is told he'll be working with a bright young newswoman (Christina Applegate) who's beautiful, ambitious and smart enough to be more than eye candy, it's not just a clash of two TV people with really great hair - it's war! Filled with wicked wit and slapstick humor, Anchorman is the year's most wildly irreverent, must-see comedy hit!
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[NOTE: I am including a spoiler WAY down below, below the *********s.]
When people who haven't seen Anchorman think about what they think they know about the movie, they think raunch, and Will Ferrell-stupid.
In reality, while there is some raunch (although not much at all) this is a *very* funny movie, with a lot of heart. It is, in the end, a love story, and a story about redemption - wrapped in lots of slapstick comedy, and also verbal humour.
The cast of Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate and, yes, Will Ferrell, is just perfect casting. Also watch for cameos by Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, among others.
I *LOVE* watching this movie with someone whose expectations are pre-set based on what they know of Will Ferrell and what they think they know about the movie, because to a one (and I've watched it with several such people) they have said things like "I have to admit that I liked it much better than I thought I would" or "I have to admit I expected not to like it, but I really enjoyed it!"
So, if you are on the fence about this movie, get off the fence, and watch it. You'll be glad that you did!
IF YOU ARE AN ANIMAL LOVER *READ* THE BELOW SPOILER!!
Seriously, I mean it, there is a spoiler below, so stop reading now if you don't want to read the spoiler, but it only is a tiny spoiler, but will mean a LOT to animal lovers.
You have been warned!:
SPOILER FOR ANIMAL LOVERS:
There is a scene where a dog gets punted off a bridge into a river. You are *certain* the dog has died. The dog has not died, and in fact makes a comeback towards the end of the movie.
I think Farrell is most awesome as a supporting actor, like nearly all improv comedians he really shines in short bursts but tends to lose momentum when he has to carry an hour and a half show (the GWB "farewell" being a major exception). I think it's because most movies made by improv comedians tend to be clever short and strong skits and characters that have been expanded and padded out with enough "funny stuff" to merit the time required to consume 90+ minutes of film.
Anchorman is basically your basic satire of perceived 1970's living, with a lot of period costuming and sets along with improv actors riffing on things that can be funny about that period from the perspective of a culture 35-40 years removed. The mustaches, the lapels, the colors, the phrases, etc. It's amusing at times, throws in a little political jab or two that can make you aware of how all news is essentially manipulation of perception, and generally gives a fairly enjoyable escape for a few bucks.
Definitely give this movie a viewing sometime, it's amusing and will give many chuckles. But if you want to see the powerful genius of Farrell, watch his brilliant cameos in Eastbound and Down, Wedding Crashers, as well as his George Bush "You're Welcome America" one-man show.
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