Saturday, December 28, 2013

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

70s TV anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) rules San Diego's nightly ratings with his trusty news team (Paul Rudd, David Koehner, and Steve Carrell) and seems destined for primetime until an ambitious reporter (Christina Applegate) seeks to break the sex barrier and become the nation's first female coanchor. Director Adam McKay along with Ferrell, who collaborated on the screenplay, go after an easy satirical target and stretch their scant idea about as far as it will go and pad their film with several throwaway sequences and a number of lackluster cameos (exception Jack Black, who's a highlight). That being said, this remains one of the most quotable movies in recent memory with Ferrell in rare form, particularly in his crash and burn scenes. Although not feeling compelled to check out the sequel, as was initially planned, Anchorman has at least enough laughs to match its lame gags.