It's the 1970's and San Diego super-sexist anchorman Ron Burgundy is the top dog in local TV, but that's all about to change when ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone arrives as a new employee at his station.
Neither as crazy as "Old School" nor as charming as "Elf," this extended comedy sketch (written and directed by a former "Saturday Night Live" head writer) will nonetheless satisfy, for now, the national hunger for Will Ferrell's special brand of goofiness. This time he plays Ron Burgundy, a San Diego newsman whose supremacy is threatened by the arrival of a woman (Christina Applegate) who becomes his rival, his love interest and, of course, his straight man. The movie's ideas are none too fresh — the crazy sideburns and ugly neckties of the 1970's will only yield so much hilarity — but there is a reasonably high quotient of funny jokes and off-the-wall, nutty gags, including a street fight among rival news teams as amusing for its movie-star cameos as for it brutal slapstick. — A. O. Scott
2004-07-09 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Anchorman