Anchorman: Frank Masi
April 21, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
91 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/09/04
performer
Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph, Vince Vaughn, Fred Willard
director
Adam McKay
distributor
Dreamworks Distribution L.L.C.
author
Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
genre
Comedy

”Anchorman” is a summer movie we can’t wait to see

RELEASE DATE July 9

WHY WE CAN’T WAIT Will Ferrell’s on a roll. After ”Old School” and ”Elf,” we bet he could make us laugh just by reading the news.

THE PREMISE Ferrell (far right) is a top TV news anchor in 1970s San Diego, whose boys’ club (including Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell) is disrupted by the arrival of a competent newswoman (Christina Applegate, center).

SOURCE An original idea by Ferrell and director Adam McKay

THE BACK STORY Here’s how you know it’s 1973: ”All the clothes are brown,” says Ferrell. Also, says McKay, everyone smokes all the time. Back then, he notes, ”when you heard ‘cigarettes,’ you didn’t think of cancer. You thought of a cowboy.”

BURNING QUESTION Is this story too retro for Ferrell’s young-ish audience?

COME FOR Ferrell’s foolery

STAY FOR Scene stealer Carell, whose faux-newsman résumé includes his correspondent gig on ”The Daily Show” and his babbling broadcaster in ”Bruce Almighty”

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