Back before people got their news from the Internet and social media, people depended upon their TV anchorman to give them the news in their city and outside their community, and no figure loomed larger than Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell).
Mr. Ferrell is the mustached-Lothario complimented by his coif and suits who is adored by his city, enjoys a good glass of Scotch and aspires for the big times as a network news anchor. The film format offers a look behind the scene of his life narrated by someone who also knows what it means to be an anchorman - Bill Kurtis - in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
Mr. Burgundy introduces himself as an important man who owns many leather-bound books in his mahogany-scented apartment when he encounters Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) who becomes a part of the news team.
Rounding up the team is reporter on the streets, Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), sports commentator Champ Kind (David Koechner) and weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell) who confuses the Midwest with the Middle East.
The movie shows that the newsroom is an exclusive boy’s only world before Veronica becomes a part of team to promote diversity, or as Mr. Burgundy believes an old, wooden Civil War ship, showcasing that the men were behind on the times of female equality.
But until the turmoil is introduced into the newsroom, the gang enjoys being the number-one rated TV news market in San Diego to the dismay of rival anchor, Wes Mantooth (Vince Vaughn). The film gives a new definition to the term news rating battle in an epic scene of confrontation that escalates that shows that reporters put their lives out on the line.
The big news of the summer is the expected birth of a panda at the San Diego zoo and all the stations want to be the first to broadcast the event. This big event can also propelling a certain anchor's career onto meteoric fame and recognition. To Mr. Burgundy’s chagrin, Ms. Corningstone also aspires to become a news anchor and after an unfortunate incident involving the only being who truly gets him, his dog Baxter, she’s made co-anchor.
This promotion has the news room divided as she finds solidarity and support from here female colleagues with Helen (Kathryn Hahn) who at first is oblivious to the male-dominated floor realizing that the core of channel four news team are merely little boys.
Having to commandeer the ship and being forced to introduce a woman into the newsroom is Fred Willard as station manager Ed Harkin. Mr Willard has his moments in the film when it doesn't focus on the station as he has to deal with family issues when he's not busy on the floor and on the set. Helping Mr. Harkin is his production assistant Garth Holiday (Chris Parnell).
The film does focus on the difficult work environment that females in the newsroom endured from being merely desired as sex objects, unfair treatment and being assigned soft-news assignment. Ms. Applegate, being a veteran of TV comedy, holds her own against this macho world of the news but at the same time against her male counterparts when it comes to either ad-libbing or improvising .
In the city of San Diego, you never know who you’ll run in, but along the way enjoy a couple of laugh with friends as they come to the realization that times are indeed changing. The film offers all sorts of surprises in its 98-minutes from the obvious comedy, but throws in action, animation and musical enjoyment, as one man aspires to reach it to the big time as a network anchorman..
After 10 years, and the end of the ‘70s, the news team embarks onto more breaking news of the ‘80s with “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” releasing this Friday, Dec.20, in a theater near you.
Classification: DVD Vault – 2004 Unrated, Uncut & Uncalled for Edition
Movie Grade: 5 out of 5 stars
A comedic cult classic behind the scenes look of the newsroom of ‘70s is lead by a who-whose of comedians before they got their big break. The film also features an important message of the woman’s movement with them breaking grounds and proving to their male counterparts that the times are indeed changing.
DVD Grade: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Disc one accompanying the movie:
It includes commentary from the cast, bloopers, deleted scenes and production note; while including the cast’s audition tape and more.
More extended scenes and outtakes and behind the scenes look.
Rating: The unrated film includes more profanity, nudity and language as advised in the premiere.
Timing: 1 Hour, 38 Minutes
- Director& Writer: Adam McKay
- Actor & Writer: Will Ferrell
- Actors: Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate, Kathryn Hahn, Vince Vaughn, Chris Parnell with Fred Willard.
- Voice: Bill Kurtis