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.