#23 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Between August 2006 and May 2007, my freshman year of college, I couldn’t possibly tabulate the number of times I watched this movie. I can fairly say that many of my fellow undergraduate class of 2010 could not have gotten through four years “studies” (some possibly were delayed a semester or two) without a few nights a week with a copy of this movie playing on someone’s PlayStation 2.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a comedy starring Will Ferrell as the titular popular veteran news anchor in the city of San Diego. While he’s become somewhat of an ambassador to the city, he has aspirations of leaving the local desk for that dream gig in network news. However his career goals don’t match his need to party with his prospering news team (the amazing support ensemble of Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner) and having every woman line up behind him (mustn’t forget his most trusted companion his dog Baxter). Then comes the lovely Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) new to town getting hit on by the man that would later turn out to be her soon to be coworker.

After a scintillating evening involving jazz flute, Ron and Veronica have become lovers which Ron decides to publicize at the end of the following evening’s newscast. The next day, Ron hits a motorcyclist riding down the highway with a burrito and during the confrontation he punts Baxter off a bridge. Now having a freakout due to the lost of his pup, he’s alerted that Veronica is going to anchor the newscast with Ron nowhere near the studio. Ron is furious that anyone other than himself has taken the seat behind the desk, let alone his lover. The downward spiral continues when a teleprompter prank turns Burgundy into the most hated man in San Diego. With Channel 4 News thriving with Ms. Corningstone, Ron is in shambles and drinking himself into lactic oblivion.

When it comes time to report the city’s biggest story, the zoo panda going into labor, Veronica becomes news herself as she is tossed into a bear pit. Reluctantly Ed Harken has to bring Ron Burgundy back to the air and he saves his lady and reports the story that gets him to the big stage.

Simply put, Anchorman is possibly one of the most quoted movies ever and can be credited as a launchpad for the careers of many. True Story: sophomore year, a friend of mine and I partnered up for class presentation for a Spanish class where he interviewed me (posing as Dominican artist Arambilet) as newly adapted Spanish speaker Señor Ron Burgundy. We inserted our favorite exclamations such as “¡Gran Odin’s cuervo!” and “dulce salmonete de Lincoln” (Great Odin’s raven! and Sweet Lincoln’s mullet respectively). Anchorman also initiated the idea to me that people that do the news actually hangout together outside of the studio. Good to know as a viewer of NY1 that is certainly a likely depiction.

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