Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy, starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate. Directed by Adam McKay. 2004. Library Call Number: PN1995.9.C55A64 2004.
Will Ferrell is kind of an ADHD comedian—his movies never seem to gain true focus, running all over the plot line with tangents, diversions and digressions, almost like improv is being slathered over the story line. Still, he finds the funny spots a lot.
In Anchorman, Ferrell plays Ron Burgundy, the king of 1970’s San Diego TV news, and the biggest ego west of the Rockies. His all-male news crew includes Steve Carrell as a chuckleheaded weatherman, Paul Rudd as a reporter and David Koechner as a former jock turned sports anchor. It’s a comfortable man’s world for Burgundy, with everyone fawning all over him, until his kingdom is threatened by Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), a new reporter with anchor ambitions of her own.
Applegate is pretty good as the woman who rattles the testosterone cage of the news set and there are enough laughs to justify a viewing. You either like Ferrell or you don’t—if you like him, this is worth a look.