Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Year: 2004
Director: Adam McKay
Writer: Adam McKay/Will Ferrell
Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Fred Willard, Danny Trejo
The jury is still out with Will Ferrell in my opinion. Since his first few high profile starring roles in movies like Elf, I couldn't decide if he was a comic genius or just another idiot falling over and using manic energy to try and be funny rather than skilful humour. As I write this, he's yet to make the shift to serious drama like comic luminaries before him as their clout increased (Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, etc).

But surrounded with a bunch of talented comics (Steve Carell is priceless as the witless weatherman), and a funny script that pokes fun at an idea ripe for the picking (San Diego in the 1970s), he's as funny as I've ever seen him.

A very simple story tells of a master news anchor who owns the city's eyeballs and wants it kept that way, until a beautiful and talented newscaster (Applegate) poses a threat to his male-dominated bastion. Things get more complicated when they fall in love.

The plot goes way off romantic comedy movie conventions and some of the tangents are just plain bizarre, but if it's laughs you're after, most of them are hearty.

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