ANCHORMAN (2004) 

CAST
Will Ferrell
Christina Applegate
Paul Rudd
Steve Carell
David Koechner
Fred Willard
Chris Parnell
Fred Armisen
Vince Vaughn

DIRECTED BY
Adam McKay

PURCHASE


Movie




Time: 94 mins.
Rating: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy


SYNOPSIS: 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 at the station determined to make her mark.

Will Ferrell is without a doubt one of the more versatile comedians to emerge from the SNL pool and this film proves he has the capability to more than carry and create his own films. That being said, as amused as I was through portions of this picture, the story was not fully developed enough to keep me thoroughly entertained from start to finish. Ron Burgundy is a brilliantly conceived character and the 70s newsroom setting is rife with potential gags and conflicts, many of which did make me laugh out loud; however, it often seemed like the film was going from sketch to sketch instead of building a complete story.

Ron is on the roll of his life as the anchorman for the San Diego Channel 4 news station. He's famous, has fun with his co-workers (played by Rudd, Carell and Koechner) and is a hit with the ladies. Everything is going his way until Veronica Cornerstone (Applegate) bursts on the scene, forcing her way into the co-anchor chair. Hilarity ensues as the boys attempt to scare her away using any and all methods of childish and sexist behavior their drunken minds can dream up.

Though Ron and Veronica make a love connection, she still refuses to back down and remain just a field reporter, forcing their romance to take a backseat as they attempt to annihilate each other on air for anchorperson supremacy. The bitterness, though occasionally witty, brings the fun and frothiness to a quick halt, which the final act of the film never quite recovers from. As Ron wanders the world wondering what has happened to his life, we're left wondering what has happened to the plot.

There are some funny moments after Ron's fall from grace it's just that I became more concerned with when the film would end instead of how. The final sequence has its' laughs, but I was neither surprised nor enchanted by the outcome. Ferrell and his compatriots are extremely entertaining, it's just the script that never quite comes together. Ferrell fans will laugh, and I have to admit to seeing this film more than once, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea.


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