Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
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I found it incredibly unfunny. Every punch line was telegraphed a mile away, and wasn't all that good anyhow.
What does it say about me or the film that I enjoyed the outtakes from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy more than the movie itself? It's this strange Bizarro animal that really is a feminist story, but since it focuses on the sexist douchebags that won't let Christina Applegate's anchorwoman into the boys' club, comes off as an "isn't sexism fun?" dumbass comedy, so exactly the opposite. It makes me squirm because I truly believe that fare like this (I soured on Mad Men as well), though meant as satire (very blunt satire in this case), is lost on literal-minded dudebros who go on to repeat the jokes and behavior they find so funny on screen. The relatively recent rise of extremist masculinism coincides with these entertainments, and I blame them in part for mainstreaming the ugly message. But perhaps that's not Anchorman's fault. I can find plenty of others, from the protagonist being a dull, badly acted caricature I would have found lacking in a 4-minute sketch on SNL, or the various non sequiturs that distract from whatever story they're trying to tell, like the News Team gang wars. Make this about Appelgate's character or even about journalism in the early 70s and you've got something that could be funny, biting and poignant. As is, everyone in the movie is way too dumb and fake to make any kind of impact on me. Left me cold.
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