ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY 2004

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Goofball comedy directed by former Saturday Night Live writer Adam McKay. Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, a top-rated 1970s San Diego anchorman who believes women have a place in the newsroom - so long as they stick to covering fashion shows or late-breaking cooking news, that is.

Starring:
Paul Rudd, Steve Carell
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

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ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Adam Mckay
Starring Paul Rudd, Steve Carell
Supporting actors Christina Applegate, Will Ferrell
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE on 8 May 2010
Format: DVD
Let me get something out of the way right now - I despise Will Ferrell's work. I don't think he's funny, and I find him annoying. But this film trasncended my dislike for him and made me laugh from front to back.

For some time now, pure comedies have been dead. The last film made in which literally everything was played for laughs, right down to the romance, was Naked Gun 33 1/3. Anchorman is another of those films, just wall-to-wall laughs, ignoring any continuity or reality and just heading straight for the ridiculous.

The ensemble cast is magnificent, focusing in on Will Ferrell and Steve Carell, as well as Fred Willard as the wonderfully exasperated news editor.

This comedy is most definitely not for everyone. Sophomoric and frequently ironically sexist, as well as at times preposterously stupid, the film heavily relies on what kind of a sense of humour you have.

But if you take your brain out and just let the dumb humour wash over you - particularly in the insane and riotous news anchor gang war in the middle of the film - then you will find much to love in the underrated Anchorman.

This is a film for comedy fans, not for critics.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Mathews on 17 April 2006
Format: DVD
I'll get this out of the way immediately, this is not a film that will appeal to everyone. It is what could be only described as a 'marmite' film. Some will adore its comic irreverence, and some will quite frankly 'not get it'. To me personally this is my favourite comedy of all time, and quite possibly my favourite film in general. I will attempt to not use any of the classic quotations from this film as it will spoil the brilliance of hearing them for the first time.

The story is set in a sexist news studio in San Diego, America. The lead anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) falls for a woman at a party, and she incredibly, to Ron, rejects his not so subtle advances. The next day that very woman, Veronica Corningstone is appointed as a journalist in their very newsroom. Cue brilliant pick-up attempts, witty one liners, emotional breakdowns and scenes that don't leave the mind for weeks. Brick is the lovable fool, who interrupts with odd - yet hilarious - lines at random parts of the movie, he is the weatherman. The sports commentator Champ Kind, is a more roguish persona, who suffers a mental breakdown after Ron decides to go on a date with Veronica instead of attending their monthly pancake breakfast. Yes it's that irrelevant. Bryan Fantana is the 'man on the scene' and is the typical ladies man. All the acting in this film deserves to be noted, they all convey the different personalities of the charchters superbly and somehow without laughing.

All in all I thoroughly recommend this film to anyone with an irrelevant humour or in need of something up-lifting, which this film oddly fulfils. A cult classic in the form of Zoolander. Do watch out for the battle scene and a cameo from Jack Black. Pure comic brilliance.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Robertson on 4 Jun 2006
Format: DVD
I watched this at the cinema a few days after watching Dodgeball and was originally disappointed by it in comparison.

However after buying it on dvd and re-watching it, over and over again (far more times than my Dodgeball dvd) I've realised what a real gem of film this is.

The script, characters and everything else in this movie is brilliant, and as mentioned earlier this film is soooo wacthable especially considering the amount of subtle jokes, background activities and cameos.

The extras on the disc are equally as funny and the commentary is hilarious.

Buy this film, if you don't like it the first time round give it a second chance before bad-mouthing it.

:-)
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
I thought I should respond to the previous review, which I didn't understand. Having seen Dodgeball and loving it, I was also told to watch Anchorman, and found it absolutely hilarious, and just about funnier than Dodgeball.
I do feel, however, that this type of humour might not appeal to everyone, and agree with a previous review that it's like Marmite, you either love it or hate it- I can't see any middle ground.
To summarize, if you like films like Old School, Dodgeball or American Pie, or programs like Little Britain or Trigger Happy TV, I would heartily recommend you give Anchorman a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 30 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
Re-watching this film is a far funnier experience for me, since the first time around, at the beginning of the heyday of this kind of movie, I didn't quite 'get it'. Now, after having adjusted to the quirky nature of the 'Pineapple Express' and 'Zack and Miri Make A Porno' new generation of comedy which is all about bizarre characters pushing the taste boundaries with bizarre and funny behaviour and dialogue, I finally get it, and so viewing 2 was hilarious. Ron Burgundy is a terrific creation into which Ferrell pours his heart and soul, giving a performance of tremendous effort and humour. All of the cast work similarly hard, but Ferrell's scotch loving, dog infatuated chauvinist is a fully rounded walking creation, as sweetly befuddled and charming as he is monstrously egotistical and childish. Great laughs are wrung from the vastly inappropriate behaviour of him and his peers in the male dominated 'playground' of the '70s newsroom.
A sense of unreality pervades the whole film, with Newsreader Gang-on-gang violence a daily event, and Fred Willard's studio head trying to cope with a son who seems to be trying to go postal on half of San-Francisco in an amusing off-screen running joke.
Paul Rudd is very funny and the butt of one fantastic aftershave gag, and Steve Carrell is great as the man-child weatherman who blindly follows everyone else due to an almost brain-dead but sweet lack of IQ.
But this is Ferrell and Christina Applegate's film, and she gives an amazingly sassy performance as a newswoman fighting to be a national station 'anchor', and giving as good as she gets in many astoundingly barbed comedy lines and even a few crazy punch-up scenes.
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