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Review by Susan Granger
3 stars out of 4
When you can relate to a comedic situation, you often find it far funnier
than it really is. I was the first woman hired to anchor the news at WNHC,
which is now WTNH in New Haven, and I'll never forget the mistrust and disdain
with which I was greeted that first day on the job.
"There was an age when only men were allowed to read the news..." the
introduction claims. It was the '70s, just when "Anchorman" is set.
Narcissistic Ron Burgundy (Will Farrell) is the top-rated anchorman in San
Diego, heading an all-male newsteam of investigative reporter Brian Fantana
(Paul Rudd), sportscaster Champ Kind (SNL alum David Koechner) and weatherman
Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell of "The Daily Show"). Into their smug,
egotistical, chauvinistic bastion comes Veronica Corningstone (Christina
Applegate), a savvy, ambitious journalist hired by producer Ed Harken (Fred
Willard) to bring in some diversity. While Burgundy's smitten with her, no one
takes her seriously until she steps in following a road rage traffic fiasco
involving a manic cyclist (Jack Black), a wayward burrito and Burgundy's
beloved dog. She's an overnight success, which burns Burgundy's fragile
self-esteem, and a goofy battle-of-the-sexes erupts.
Written by Will Farrell and director Adam McKay, it's a campy, extended
"Saturday Night Live" skit - but an amusing one. While Ferrell embodies the
clueless buffoon, he and Applegate have a cheerful comedic chemistry which is
even more apparent in the outtakes that play over the final credits. Ben
Stiller, Tim Robbins and Vice Vaughn pop up in cameos, and the soundtrack is a
delight. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron
Burgundy" is an enthusiastic, harmlessly silly 7, celebrating the emancipation
of the TV newsroom.
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger
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