Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (12A)

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Time Out says

As ‘Starsky & Hutch’ proved, ’70s men are an easy comic target. They can be reduced to familiar stereotypes, while providing a source of guilt-free sexist gags. Such gags result when anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and pals get their flares in a flap about ambitious new employee Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). No sooner has Ron wooed her than she’s stepping into his shoes. Will he accept her success graciously? No, he’ll bellow obscure insults from the rooftops and pound his hairy chest at the shame of being eclipsed by a female.


In this world, being an anchorman is the ultimate masculine prize. As Veronica’s power increases, her male colleagues weaken. Their pride can only be reclaimed by rescuing Veronica from bears in a zoo (‘We bears are a proud race. They must pay for their intrusion,’ the creatures growl via subtitles, before grudgingly accepting newcomers as the anchormen do).


But plot isn’t the primary interest here: this is as flimsy as a sitcom, and it’s shot like one too. Like a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch, it’s propelled by its absurd humour, from silly erection jokes to hilariously surreal exchanges (‘What?… You know I don’t speak Spanish,’ Ron admonishes his barking dog). This takes a joke and runs with it – sometimes too far, but usually long enough to wear you down and force you to submit to its craziness. With cameos from chums Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn, the film smacks of self-indulgence, but throws enough comic talent at the screen to make it stick. This particular boys’ club isn’t facing extinction just yet.

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Release details

Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Sep 10, 2004

Duration:

94 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Will Ferrell, Fred Willard, David Koechner, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, Chris Parnell

Music:

Alex Wurman

Editor:

Brent White

Production Designer:

Clayton R Hartley

Cinematography:

Thomas Ackerman

Producer:

Judd Apatow

Director:

Adam McKay

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Tim Arthur

This is without doubt the funniest comedy of all time. Forget Spinal Tap, Withnail and I and Aiplane, as the opening lines attest: Ron Burgundy is the balls.

Tim Arthur

This is without doubt the funniest comedy of all time. Forget Spinal Tap, Withnail and I and Aiplane, as the opening lines attest: Ron Burgundy is the balls.