Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Brian Fantana: They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time.
It’s the 1970s, 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.
Ron Burgundy: I’m in a glass case of emotion.
Director: Adam McKay
Writer: Will Ferrell & Adam McKay
Brick Tamland: Where’d you get your clothes… from the… toilet store?
- Will Ferrell
- Christina Applegate
- Paul Rudd
- Steve Carell
- David Koechner
- Fred Willard
- Chris Parnell
The Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy made $28.4 million in its opening weekend, and $90.6 million worldwide in its total theatrical run. It was met with generally positive reviews from critics upon release and is now widely regarded as one of the best comedy films of the 2000s. It was ranked at number 100 on Bravo’s 100 funniest movies, number 6 on Time Out’s top 100 comedy films of all time and 113 on Empire’s 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. A companion film assembled from outtakes and abandoned subplots, titled Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, was released straight-to-DVD in late 2004. A sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, was released on December 18, 2013, with Paramount Pictures replacing DreamWorks Pictures as the distributor.
Steve Carell Top Five
Steven John Carell is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director. He is known for playing Michael Scott on the NBC sitcom The Office (2005–2013), on which he also worked as an occasional producer, writer and director. Carell has received numerous accolades for his performances in both film and television, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy for his work on The Office. He was recognized as “America’s Funniest Man” by Life magazine.
Carell gained recognition as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 1999 to 2005. He went on to star in several comedy films, including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and its 2013 sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Evan Almighty (2007), Get Smart (2008), Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and The Way, Way Back (both 2013). He also voice acted in Over the Hedge (2006), Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and the Despicable Me franchise (2010–present).
Carell began to shift into more dramatic roles in the 2010s, with his role as wrestling coach and convicted murderer John Eleuthère du Pont in the drama film Foxcatcher (2014) earning him, among various honors, nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He also received acclaim for his starring roles in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), The Big Short (2015), and Battle of the Sexes (2017), the latter two earning him his eighth and ninth Golden Globe Award nominations, respectively. In 2018, he re-teamed with Anchorman and The Big Short director Adam McKay for the Dick Cheney biographical film Vice, in which he portrayed Donald Rumsfeld, and played journalist David Sheff in the drama film Beautiful Boy.
Carell returned to television as the co-creator of the TBS comedy series Angie Tribeca (2016–2018), which he developed with his wife, Nancy Carell. He received critical acclaim for his starring role as Mitch Kessler in the Apple TV+ drama series The Morning Show (2019–present), for which he received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He also returned to comedy with the lead role of General Mark R. Naird in the Netflix sitcom Space Force (2020–present).
Steve Carell Top Five
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – It’s the 1970s, 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.
- The 40 Year Old Virgin – Andy Stitzer has a pleasant life with a nice apartment and a job stamping invoices at an electronics store. But at age 40, there’s one thing Andy hasn’t done, and it’s really bothering his sex-obsessed male co-workers: Andy is still a virgin. Determined to help Andy get laid, the guys make it their mission to de-virginize him. But it all seems hopeless until Andy meets small business owner Trish, a single mom.
- Despicable Me – Villainous Gru lives up to his reputation as a despicable, deplorable and downright unlikable guy when he hatches a plan to steal the moon from the sky. But he has a tough time staying on task after three orphans land in his care.
- Vice – George W. Bush picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co., to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney’s impressive résumé includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defense secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world.
- Little Miss Sunshine – A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Andy Stitzer: You know how when you grab a woman’s breast… it feels like… a bag of sand.
Andy Stitzer has a pleasant life with a nice apartment and a job stamping invoices at an electronics store. But at age 40, there’s one thing Andy hasn’t done, and it’s really bothering his sex-obsessed male co-workers: Andy is still a virgin. Determined to help Andy get laid, the guys make it their mission to de-virginize him. But it all seems hopeless until Andy meets small business owner Trish, a single mom.
Mooj: Hey Andy, don’t let him bother you. It’s okay not to have sex. Not eveybody’s a pussy magnet. You, uh, what are you, 25?
Andy Stitzer: I’m 40.
Mooj: Holy shit, man, you got to get on that!
Director: Judd Apatow
Writers: Judd Apatow & Steve Carell
Jay: You’re putting the pussy on a pedestal.
- Steve Carell
- Catherine Keener
- Paul Rudd
- Romany Malco
- Seth Rogen
- Jane Lynch
- Elizabeth Banks
If you have not watched The 40 Year Old Virgin, this is a must-watch. It is low brow, at times dirty humor and it never gets old. This is also the start of a lot of big Hollywood careers. Add this to your watch list now.