Back in the '80s, Chevy Chase specialized in clueless all-American goofs who thought they were smarter than they were. The crown has now been passed to Ferrell. Here, he plays Ron Burgundy, the top-rated anchorman in '70s-era San Diego. Ron is the booze swilling, cigarette smoking, female ogling, narcissistic leader of an all-male news team whose world is rocked by the arrival of a new female reporter--beautiful, talented, and ambitious Veronica Corningstone (Applegate). Ron falls for the babe even as he tries to retain his chauvinistic place at the top of the news chain. It's amusing shtick and a fair send-up of a time when men were pigs and women decided to bring home the bacon themselves. Besides Applegate, Ferrell is well supported by Koechner, Carell, and Rudd as his equally macho-wannabe news boys.
Celebrate the ridiculous 1970s PeanutButterJellyTime at 2008-03-10 16:07:24
Print shirts with polyester suits... bad hair... jazz flute... misogyny. Plenty of reasons to dislike the 1970s, and a lot of reasons to enjoy the spoofs in this extremely light comedy. Christina Applegate is suprisingly fun to watch as the brave anchorwoman who battles the male-dominated newsroom in her climb up the career ladder.