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Ron Burgundy and the rest of the guys are having a ball, living their male chauvinist lives. But when a woman invades the all-male bastion of the news desk in the 1970s and she causes trouble. They had seen weather girls but never a woman reporter, this is something that has never happened.
Comedy - The first thing that you have to keep in mind is that this is a Will
Ferrell movie so you KNOW that it will be Very Silly/Stupid and it
certainly is. It has a lot of general silliness and many scenes that
are just plain stupid. As is common with Will's movies, "Anchorman"
also has a lot of sexual based humor and it's quite crude.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 2 GD's, 1 S-word, many others. SEX/NUDITY: Many sexual references. No nudity or sexual activity. VIOLENCE: Two silly fight scenes. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Several scenes of drinking and smoking. ACTION: None COMEDY: Very funny to some. Not so funny to most.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Ferrell carries the movie on his broad shoulders, nailing the character perfectly. Although still heavily reliant upon sophomoric gags and innuendo, there is an underlying level of sophistication to what Ferrell does. Granted, no one would call this "intellectual comedy," but it's not as dumb as it first appears to be. It's hard to say whether Anchorman is the funniest movie of the year - it has enough offbeat and gut-busting moments to make it worth consideration in that category.
Roger EbertFull Review Good Most of the time "Anchorman" works, and a lot of the time it's very funny. If the movie simply focused on making Ron and his team look ridiculous, it might grow tedious, because that would be such an easy thing to do. But it has a kind of sweetness to it.
USA TodayFull Review Good Anchorman is not sardonic or ultra-clever. Its comedy is more silly-sweet, built around the outlandish character and the charisma of its star. Supposedly, Ferrell was inspired to write this comic take on journalism while watching a serious documentary about the glass ceiling, which contained unintentionally funny interviews with '70s anchormen. That he can make his anchorman chauvinistic, deluded and ridiculous but still manage to give him some humanity is testimony to Ferrell's comic talents.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 225 moviegoer opinions. Most teen and twentysomething males thought it was great. This is certainly a movie for young guys. As for adult males, about two-thirds really enjoyed it. However, most of the remaining ones didn't care for it and a few hated it.
The teen and twenty-something ladies mostly rated it "Very Good" or higher, which is quite high. Only about a third rated it "Good" to "Fair." The adult ladies opinions were considerably lower. Nearly half enjoyed it very much, but there were quite a few low to very low opinions.
For this type of movie (very silly/stupid) these are fairly typical opinions. What I suggest is that you use caution when selecting this movie. Be sure you enjoy the very silly style of humor dished out by Will Ferrell because you will certainly get a lot of it in "Anchorman."
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is the top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the ‘70s. When feminism marches into the newsroom in the form of ambitious newswoman Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Ron is willing to play along at first—as long as Veronica stays in her place, covering cat fashion shows, cooking, and other "female” interests. But when Veronica refuses to settle for being eye candy and steps behind the news desk, it's more than a battle between two perfectly coiffed anchor-persons…it's war.