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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2005 under Reviews | No comments

4 out of 5 flaming jazz flutesDirected by Adam McKay

Let me just say ... Adam McKay, thank you so much for introducing me to Steve Carell. If for nothing else, you got to love this movie because of Brick Tamland. "Hey! Where did you get those clothes? At the toilet store?" It was the perfect primer for "The Office" series on NBC.

This silver screen special is Will Ferrell at his best, with a strong supporting cast of Paul Rudd, David Koechner, the aformentioned Steve Carell, and even Christina Applegate (though I am still fearful of her from her very long run on 'Married with Children'). Ferrell lays down lines like nobody's business and in true SNL style, so much of it feels like it could have been improv.

Though there aren't many parts of this movie I don't like (it does lose one star for there being an unrated director's cut and a bit of foul-language), some of the exceptional portions include all of Bill Lawson's narration and the amazing "love" song with the news team! You can also look forward to the great News Station rumble that climaxes in Brick chucking a triton into a guy on a horse. O yeah, it's cool.

The casting for this film is unbelievably great, with everyone from Jack Black to Chris Parnell. It really is like one big happy SNL party! Enjoy and don't forget to quote it with your friends.

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