It looks like the new Dodge commercials featuring Will Ferrell are working their magic. According to a story published by, Forbes, the popular commercials have helped create a buzz around the new Dodge Durango. Interestingly, Forbes observes that the viral nature of the first "Anchorman" movie helped catapult the comedian into a household name, and ad executives for Dodge were eager to cash in on the publicity generated by the upcoming sequel.
The have been few comedians in the past decade that have been a better box office draw than Will Ferrell, and his fans continue to wait for the highly anticipated sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”, to be released. Perhaps, this makes it the perfect time to look over some of the most influential Will Ferrell movies to date. While he is best known for his wacky onscreen antics, many of his films have a heart warming twist that can have anyone reaching for a tissue.
While not all of his movies have been major box office successes, he has nevertheless developed a rabid fan following, and most of his films perform relatively well. Whether it portraying Ron Burgundy alongside Steve Carell or doing voice acting with A-list stars like Brad Pitt, the comedian has worked alongside some of the greatest actors and comedians of this generation. Let’s look at some of his biggest critically and commercially successful films.
“Stranger Than Fiction” was one of the more serious Will Ferrell movies. Starring Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson, this Marc Forster directed tale about an IRS agent having a midlife crisis, drew critical acclaim. While it performed poorly in the box office, this movie showed that Will Ferrell is capable of delivering serious acting.
Directed by Jon Favreau “Elf” stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart and Zooey Deschanel. The film follows the struggles of one of Santa’s elves trying to adjust to life in a big city. The film was both a commercial and critical success. In fact, this film has become a Christmas staple for many homes around the world.
While not a success among critics, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” achieved tremendous commercial success, and the film has garnered something of a cult following. Directed by Adam McKay, the film stars Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen and follows the meteoric rise, fall and subsequent rebirth of the fictional racing sensation Ricky Bobby.
“Step Brothers” was also directed by Adam McKay and it stars John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell. The story centers around two middle aged step brothers that are forced to learn to work together. While this film was poorly received by critics, it captured the attention of audiences, and like many of his other films, it has gained a cult following since its release.
“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” saw Ferrell team with favorite director Adam McKay once again. The film costarred Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate. It told the story of a highly successful California anchorman who attempts to adjust to the hiring of an ambitious new female anchor. This film has by far been Ferrell’s greatest commercial and critical success to date. There is little surprise why the studio is finally about to release a sequel.
While it will be difficult for the film to live up to the expectations generated by, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” do you think the cast will be able to pull it off?