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ANCHORMAN, 2004
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Directed by Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Fred Willard, Seth Rogen, Chris Parnell
Review by Matthew Toffolo



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 in his office.

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This might sound crazy to some, but Anchorman is one of the top 5 movies of the 2000s decade. It's a film that can be re-watched over again time after time and is still very funny. And it's a zany stupid comedy that's actually about something too. Anchorman essentially is the female Jackie Robinson story about the ascension of the first female news anchor in the United States. In many ways this could be a very dramatic film. But there's nothing like sending a message with crazy comedy !

All of the men in Anchorman are not really smart and what makes them even more sad is that they aren't really aware of this. And of course that is the running joke because lead anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his gang of newsman, Street Reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and Sports Reporter Champ Kind (David Koechner), are just plain funny with all of the shenanigans they get into. They aren't evolved people and kind of wish that the world would stay the same so they can keep doing what they're doing.

Then Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) enters the picture and everything changes (and therefore more comedy ensues). In most comedies, the leading man and the leading lady will spare for 90 minutes until they realize they love each other in the end and live happily ever after. In Anchorman the two leads hook up right away (with gags like Ron having a hard on while he asks her out, taking her on a tour of San Diego and making up its origins, playing her the flute in a restaurant, and finally going to pleasure town in a full animation/fantasy sequence) and it's when they break up is when the movie really begins.

Corningstone is the only intelligent person in the entire movie. Therefore the character is the straightman (or women in this case) of the film and is the reactor to all of the crazy zaniness that occurs around her. A terrific take on what many woman past and present feel about men who are superiors in their field. They know they are much smarter and more talented than them, but because they are woman they receive the injustice.

The plot of Anchorman made me wonder if this storyline could actually be played in a dramatic way. Because the film industry is still essentially a man's world and most of the marketing is focused on boys and men to see the film, perhaps an intelligent woman in a dumb man's world concept wouldn't work commercially in today's times. Men are generally so insecure about so many things and the last thing they want to see is a film like this.

BUT that's the art of comedy. You can slip in social commentary while making us laugh. God knows that there's been many stand up comedy careers made out of this formula. Currently Chris Rock is the best in the business. He can talk about the injustices of blacks in a white man's world because while he does it he makes everyone laugh. But if you're really paying attention, there's a deeper meaning to the comedy.

Anchorman is a classic. It's made many careers but sadly not the career out of Christina Applegate. She's doing fine with herself in the TV world but Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and of course Will Ferrell have become major movie stars from the seed of this hit film. So it's ironic that the men got the big break out of Anchorman as it's a film about a women getting her big break.

Not to say that Carell, Rudd and Ferrell don't deserve their success as they are all very talented people. But I still haven't seen them better than their performances in Anchorman.

Anchorman is a film for everyone. There are more jokes in its 90 minute running time than any other comedy this decade. A true classic that will stand the test of time for years to come.


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