Format: I lost my DVD somehow. So, Amazon Streaming
Director: Adam McKay
Maybe the best thing about Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), other than that Jamie - 17 years later still wanders around the house quoting the movie - is that it's a generous ensemble movie. Heck, for the first time, I noticed Missy Pyle shows up for two seconds at the end and gets a line. But, yeah, while the star is of course Will Ferrell, virtually every speaking role has someone who either was or became a person worth noting, and everyone is given something like an opportunity for a laugh and delivers.
Hence - we all get a 90 minute movie that never really gets dragged down by too much plot. Everything is an opportunity to be silly. Even a fight between Veronica Corningstone and Ron Burgundy that gets nasty (and probably some of the name calling would get cut in 2021) becomes absolutely absurd as Christina Applegate hurls a typewriter at Ron and Champ is holding the crowd back with "they're just talking... they're just talking....". It's good stuff.
I know it's been a while since I've watched the movie in its entirety - and in the intervening years, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. And in Game 7 of that series, 1B Anthony Rizzo was famously caught saying "I'm in a glass case of emotion" to catcher (now manager!) David Ross and Tommy LaStella (who played everywhere, and whom I miss a lot).
So, yeah, it's still a lot of fun. You forget half the people who are in the movie. Danny Trejo, Kathryn Hahn (who actually rocks 70's hair), Fred Armisen, the great Fred Willard... the list just goes on and on.
And, while we can all acknowledge the main four male leads, Applegate deserves a mountain of praise for the very specific take she brought to Veronica Conringstone that I find hysterical. Were we ever to meet, I'd insist she tell me whatever I'm up to "is Grade-A baloney".