Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

August 4, 2004

What the hell happened to Christina Applegate’s eyebrows?

I had to get that question out of the way, because that’s what I kept asking myself throughout the entire film. Did ladies in the 70s really have no eyebrows? Or was she just supposed to be weird looking?

I’ll move on now…this has got to be the funniest movie of the year. (Of course, I haven’t seen Dodgeball yet, so I could be wrong…) Hands down, I haven’t laughed so hard at a movie since the funniest movie of last year – Old School. Are we sensing a recurring theme here? Will Ferrell maybe? A little Vince Vaughn perhaps? Add a Ben Stiller cameo for spice and you’ve got sure-fire comedy gold. Movie Executives should bottle this combination and figure out how to use it in at least one film a year. Seriously, I think Will Ferrell is the new Adam Sandler, who of course, was the new Eddie Murphy, who in turn was the new Bill Murray. Stop whining, Mike Meyers – your fifteen minutes was up long ago!

Will Ferrell again uses his utter and total lack of shame to play Ron Burgundy, the titular Anchorman. Yes, he dances in his underwear. Yes, he kisses a dog on the mouth. He does all kinds of things that an average comedian would never do – but somehow, he is still less repugnant and chauvinistic than the rest of his crew.

The funniest of Ron’s cohorts is Brian Fantana – played by my new movie boyfriend, Paul Rudd. After Seeing Anchorman and Wet Hot American Summer, I have fully forgiven Paul for his participation in The Cider House Rules. (Funny how I’ve managed to forgive everyone involved with that crapfest of a film, isn’t it?) The ‘Sex Panther’ scene was absolutely the funniest scene in the movie – because sixty percent of the time, it works every time!

Again, the cameos alone are worth the price of admission. It’s the cameos that make the second funniest scene in the film – the Anchorman Showdown. I’ve already mentioned Ben Stiller’s cameo, so I won’t mention any of the others in this scene – but they are not to be believed.

I asked my husband to take me to Pleasure Town. He was not amused. Note to self: Husband does not want to envision cartoon unicorns and rainbows during sex. Scratch plans to have sex in the ball pool at Chuck E. Cheese.


Year – 2004
Rating – R
Runtime – 94 minutes
Genre – Frat Pack
Director(s) – Adam McKay
Writer(s) – Will Ferrell, McKay
Actor(s) – Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Fred Willard
BOB Rating – Four BOBs
Favorite Quote – "It's called Sex Panther; it's illegal in nine countries. It's made from little pieces of real panther, so you know it's good." - Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd)