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AnchormanWhen I sat down and watched Anchorman, I thought for sure I’d see something totally hilarious and a film I could watch over and over again. But so far I’m a bit confused with this movie. Sure the gags and lines were very funny in certain scenes and sure Will Ferrell as a 1970’s anchorman was dead on hilarious, but the film as a whole just did not click for me.

Imagine the 1970’s when the only people on the News team were men and they were as manly as Tom Seleck’s Magnum PI. That is pretty much the setting for the story. Ron Burgundy is this macho but sensitive anchor who everyone loves and his fellow news guy made up of a ladies man roving reporter, a texas sports guy, and a mentally disabled weatherman are his gang. But this all changes when the network wants diversity and hires a woman to help out with the news. At first Ron is totally attracted to Veronica Corningstone (Christinia Applegate), but then he finds himself at odds with her when she does not live up to his stereotypical woman/wife. Somehow the fighting leads to a cruel prank by Corningstone that ends up getting Burgundy fired and his life falls apart without his job. Along the way there are appearances from Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Jack Black, and others in some very hilarious stereotype gags.

Perhaps my favorite is when the roving reporter introduces himself and says he has named his penis The Octogon and when Burgundy refers to his arms as his Guns.

Critically, I think the idea was to show men in their peak of masculinity and to show exactly how this excess macho state of manhood was in fact feminine: like when the men all kid about porking Veronica Corningstone one day, but then when Burgundy announces he actually has done it, instead of asking for details of the sex, they inquire about what true love feels like.

However some gags just seem so out of place in today’s PC world, like Burgundy telling Corningstone that he is going to smack her and stuff, which makes you think, yeah that is suppose to be funny, but it really isn’t.

The film reminded me of Jack Black’s movie in which he falls in love with an obese women played by Gwenyth Paltrow. In that film, the premise was good, but somehow the director and writer did not pull it off, and ended up with a film that seems less funny and mostly cruel. In Anchorman, we get the idea and the jokes are funnier, but they quite did not pull it off either, so Anchorman remains a movie of stitched together sexist jokes that are plain hilarious but which end up overtaking the story and characters themselves.

I will give it to them, because the whole thing of the Burgundy’s dog barking and him understanding him was hilarious, because he keeps telling the dog at certain times, that he can’t understand Spanish. The idea of a bilingual barking dog is just plain genius.

3 out 5 stars

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