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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  9 July 2004 (USA)
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Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the '70s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.


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In 1970s San Diego, journalism was a well respected profession and people actually cared about what they saw on TV. And the top rated anchor man in the city is Ron Burgundy. He enjoys his run at the top, and has for the last five years. And his news team is equally as good as he is. Professional jock and former professional baseball player Champ Kind handles the sports, the curiously dim witted Brick Tamland - who's a few channels short of a cable subscription - handles the weather, and ladies' man Brian Fantana - whose collection of fine scents would be in the Guinness Book Of Records - handles the on-field reporting. But now all that is about to change forever. The TV station Burgundy works for, Channel 4, has embraced diversity and has hired a beautiful new female anchor named Veronica Corningstone. While Ron Burgundy and the rest of the Channel 4 news team enjoys fighting with competitors, drinking, and flirting with the ladies, Veronica quietly climbs her way to the top. And ... Written by halo1k

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Rated PG-13 for sexual humor, language and comic violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,416,365 (USA) (9 July 2004)


$1,492,415 (Australia) (5 November 2004)

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Bill Lawson: [narration] There was a time, a time before cable. When the local anchorman reigned supreme. When people believed everything they heard on TV. This was an age when only men were allowed to read the news. And in San Diego, one anchorman was more man then the rest. His name was Ron Burgundy. He was like a god walking amongst mere mortals. He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo. In other words, Ron Burgundy was the balls.
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8 August 2004 | by (Lafayette, LA) – See all my reviews

To take this test you need to remember The Mary Tyler Moore show from the 1970s, because there are some similarities to this movie. This movie is set in the 1970s so it is appropos to this examination.

Question 1: Would you enjoy a movie starring a news anchorman that is as out of touch with reality as Ted Baxter and is more crude?

Question 2: Would you enjoy a movie co-starring a reporter like Mary Tyler Moore but has no common sense?

Question 3: Are you cut out for the kind of corny humor, so extreme that it could be compared to having five spoons of sugar in your morning coffee?

For me the answer is a resounding NO! I liked The Mary Tyler Moore show and even though there were some similarities in two of the major cast members, it was the worst movie I have seen in recent memory. I did not crack a smile. My wife asked me if I wanted to leave 45 minutes into the movie when it became apparent that it wouldn't get any better, and mercifully it only lasted an hour and a half. The reason I did not leave the movie early is that I kept looking for Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) to turn things around at that TV station and make it into a legitimate news organization.

I say this movie was a total, unmitigated failure. I knew I was in trouble when we walked into the movie theatre and only two other people were watching it. Save your money for a good movie!

This is the only movie I have ever critiqued at the IMDB that I would give a 0 out of 10.

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