Review No. 398
NOTE: Anchorman was edited from its original R rating in order to earn a PG-13. Incidentally, the “unrated” version–which would have been the R-rated one–contains scenes that are just as unfunny, if not even worse, all in the name of being crass. But that, my friend, is Will Ferrell for you–at his very worst.
The Bottom Line: Sign off before Anchorman signs on.
Directed by: Adam McKay
Written by: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
Narrated by: Bill Kurtis
Ron Burgundy: Will Ferrell
Also Starring: Christina Applegate, David Koechner, Fred Willard, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures on July 9, 2004. Produced in English by the United States. Runs 95 mins. Rated PG-13 on appeal by the MPAA for sexual humor, language and comic violence. Reviewed cut released unrated at 103 mins.
Anchorman was watched on January 22, 2013.
“Based on actual events. Only the people, places and events have been changed. –opening title card”
(…and so ends this outrageous sense of humor…)
Poor Christina Applegate! She’s so beautiful, smart, and funny, but the jokes are all on her in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Why? Apparently, it’s because she’s a woman. You may think, Why does gender matter? Quite frankly, it doesn’t, but only after an hour and a half of tortured attempts at humor does Will Ferrell learn this.
I won’t discredit Anchorman for being offensively unrealistic. This not only stars Will Ferrell, he co-wrote it. Ferrell never wants his comedy to make sense. He just wants us to laugh. Often times, his career has shown success at this. Others, he comes off at downright obnoxious.
Anchorman depicts a relationship between Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate, in hopes that you can believe the two of them together. I feel like as I watched the film, my thoughts wouldn’t cease to parallel Applegate’s:
Good gracious, why won’t he shut up? Is he trying to offend me, or is he trying to offend someone else, whilst looking me in the eyes? All right, I’ll hit pause–no wait, did he just say something clever? I may as well stand by.
Anchorman is Will Ferrell’s Network wannabe. This half-baked poke, however, trades the witty political satire for crass, gratuitous sex jokes. Half the time, it’s like listening to a six-year-old try and repeat whatever he hears on TV. No, Mr. Ferrell, that’s NOT what San Diego means, and if you had just taken the time to Google it, your would have realized that your co-anchor is, in fact, correct.
But if you do want something that’ll make you as mad as hell, please watch Anchorman. There are a few bright spots. Sometimes you can feel better knowing that a few talented faces can waste their time making a film watchable. Ben Stiller, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and the dog who knows Spanish fluently. They’re the real comic reliefs here.
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