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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!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Item model number : 62492082985
- Director : Adam McKay
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 34 minutes
- Release date : December 28, 2004
- Actors : Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : David B. Householter, David O. Russell, Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified
- Studio : Dreamworks Video
- ASIN : B00005JMYI
- Writers : Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,270 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.
What made the movie so good was the ridiculous situations they created. For instance, each one of the team introduces himself with Brick saying people seem to like him because he’s polite and is rarely late and years later a doctor will tell him that he’s mentally retarded while he puts mayonnaise into a toaster. Another time the team is asking Burgundy what it feels like to be in love and the next thing you know they’re singing Afternoon Delight. He’s also very attached to his dog and talks to him but gets frustrated with him when he speaks Spanish. Every scene is like this.
The story quickly focuses upon the sexism of the news team. When it’s announced that Corningstone is joining the station the team goes to their manager to complain. Champ says the title of the job is “anchorman” not “anchorlady” and says that’s a scientific fact. Brick chimes in by yelling he doesn’t know what they’re talking about, then says, “Loud noises” and that when women have their period it attracts bears. After that each one of the team agrees they will compete to see who will be able to date Corningstone. They make all kinds of crude passes at her including Fantana putting on a cologne called Sex Panther that makes the whole newsroom run away it smells so bad. Even though its comedy this is actually some real social commentary as women were rejected as equals in the workplace in the 1970s. The dilemma of course is whether the news team can accept Corningstone as an equal or not.
It’s all pretty amazing and a great laugh.
I do like much of Will Ferrell's work, but this is a low point in his career.
(still, it gets two stars, because I prefer to reserve one-star reviews for the *truly* worst trash, like Pacific Rim)
Top reviews from other countries
Anchorman is really a film where you have to expect some of the silly laughs and quite ludicrous and outlandish behaviour. This has been one of my favourite films for many years, and is that in no way depressing (another variation of a quote)
Good to watch if you're in a group, or just want to have a laugh at some of the most quoted film lines ever!
If not (maybe you're under 20), the first is a comic masterpiece, up there with "Airplane" and "Police Squad".
The second is better than you'd think with at least 4 big laughs.
If you haven't seen them then you are very lucky because you can buy this and laugh and laugh and laugh.