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Anchorman

Release Date: 
07/09/2004
Rated: 
MPAA: PG-13
Star Rating: 
8 out of 10
This just in: Helmet-hair wigs and fake mustaches are still really fucking funny. Lame news puns aside, Anchorman opens with a goofy, '70s aesthetic and carries the laughs straight through the end-credit outtakes. The premise is complex, so bear with us: Led by local hero Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), three other polyester-wearing, dumb-as-rocks news anchors (Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner) have trouble accepting their new hire, an intelligent and credible female newscaster (Christina Applegate). The idiot antics of the men yield a steady reel of laughs that only escalate when they direct their '70s workplace chauvinism toward their new colleague. Plagued with mild retardation, Carell's character steals laughs with his limited lines, while Ferrell beats Burgundy's one-dimensional personality into the ground until you relent. Gratuitous cameos by Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Tim Robbins, and Luke Wilson lead up to an absurd newscaster throwdown, and bit parts from Jack Black and Fred Willard fill in any other missing punch lines. Remarkably ridiculous without having to go lowbrow (believe us, we know lowbrow when we see it), Anchorman is the silliest thing to happen to news since Fox.