154. Anchorman : The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Leonard Maltin's Rating : 
Should be : 

IMDB Rating : 7.2

Rotten Tomatoes Rating :  66%  (with critics)   86%  (with audience)

RT Critics Consensus:  "Filled with inspired silliness and quotable lines, Anchorman isn't the most consistent comedy in the world, but Will Ferrell's buffoonish central performance helps keep this portrait of a clueless newsman from going off the rails."

In his review Leonard says"A sketch comedy inflated to feature length, with occasional laughs and a number of gag appearances that try to camouflage a threadbare one-notr script."

Film audiences seemed to like this movie much better than the critics. It had a really good caste, and I think that it is a movie that stands up to repeat viewings.

The jokes come fast and furious, and a lot of them don't work, but the movie doesn't take itself too seriously.

In it's reader's poll of the best comedies of the 2000's Rolling Stone had this movie #2 on the list. The article said :

"The enormous publicity push behind Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues turned off some fans of the original movie. All of a sudden, the hero of their beloved cult movie was everywhere. He was mixing it up with morning show hosts in character, taking over real-life newscasts and smiling down on enormous billboards all over the country. This was hard to imagine in 2004. The movie was a hit, but it didn't cross the $100 million threshold and reviews were rather mixed. Like many movies on this list, however, it took a few viewings before people really understood its the bizarre brilliance. It built and built for years until a sequel became inevitable. Needless to say, the sequel didn't quite capture the magic of the first one. A big part of comedy is surprise, and people pretty much knew what was coming."

I think this is a movie that will become more and more popular as time goes on.

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