5. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
“Stay Classy San Diego”. With those four words, Will Ferrell cemented a classic character for the ages. Honestly, you just can’t fight it, Ron Burgundy, that lovable womanizer/imbecile lead anchor for Channel 4 news in San Diego, will live on and on. In fact, thanks to countless re-runs on cable, “Anchorman” has already established itself as one of the most re-watchable films of the 00’s. The film cemented Will Ferrell’s jump from “Saturday Night Live” to feature film stardom, all the while paving the way for other Ferrell comedy classics in recent years like “Talladega Nights” and “Step Brothers” (yes I realize I’m using a very liberal definition of classic here). Even if audiences have started to tire a little bit from Ferrell’s shtick as this decade ends (e.g. check out the poor box office results for “Land of the Lost” – I still haven’t seen it, but I will have to give it a courtesy view when it hits cable because I respect Ferrell that much), there is no denying the birth of the film comedic genius in “Anchorman”. This movie has my designated ‘so silly its smart’ comedy slot for the decade (runner up, Ben Stiller’s genius parody of the model/fashion world, “Zoolander”), and its comedic forerunners are “Airplane”, “Fletch” and “Caddyshack”. “Anchorman” will have the same kind of staying power as those masterpieces (that’s right, don’t question me, I said masterpieces). Maybe its because “Anchorman” is set in a ridiculous parody of the free-wheeling 70’s (ok I’m hoping its mostly parody, because if not the 70s were way scarier than I can remember), but its unlikely this film will soon feel dated. And it will be quoted by college freshmen (and their counterparts of any age who still wish they were in college) for years to come. Here are some memorable and very classy lines from the great Ron Burgundy for the road: “You are a smelly pirate hooker.” “Why don’t you go back to your home on Whore Island?” “I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly…” Need I say more?
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