Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

dir. Adam McKay

Series - Retrospective

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Enter a glass case of emotion with the gloriously hirsute Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and the Channel 4 News team in this bona fide modern comedy masterpiece. Don't act like you're not impressed.

"I'm in a glass case of emotion!!!" — Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell)

In a time before cable, the local anchorman reigned supreme — and in the great city of San Diego (which, of course, in German means "a whale's vagina"), none reigned supremer than Channel 4's gloriously hirsute Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell). However, when the station gives in to calls for "diversity" ("I believe 'diversity' is an old, old wooden ship") and hires up-and-coming female journalist Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Ron soon becomes professionally and personally entangled with the beautiful (and competent) newcomer — and after a casual toss of a burrito, his whole world is turned upside down. The first solo star vehicle for SNL wild man Ferrell, Anchorman perfected the semi-improvisatory, non-sequitur anything-goes template that would dominate the next decade of movie comedy. Featuring impeccable tomfoolery (and jazz-flutery) from Ferrell, standout supporting work from Paul Rudd (as musked-up reporter Brian Fantana), Steve Carell (as literally brainless weatherman Brick Tamland) and an uncredited Vince Vaughn (as Burgundy's bitter rival Wes Mantooth), and a king's ransom of endlessly quotable lines, Anchorman is a bona fide modern comedy masterpiece — 60% of the time, you'll laugh every time.