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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Silly comedy that's definitely not for kids

Movie PG-13 2004 94 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 13+

Anchorman isn’t too inappropriate

The movie is pretty goddamn funny. But common sense overreacted about the s*x so here is my rating Language: 3/5 S*x: 2/5 Drinking drugs and smoking: 4/5
age 13+


Violence 2/5 Sex 4/5 Language 4/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 3/5

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25 ):
Kids say (93 ):

The plot runs out of steam and disintegrates into a bunch of uneven skits, but there are moments of inspired looniness. And Ferrell keeps hitting enough comic moments out of the park to keep it very watchable. There are a bunch of "no girls allowed" jokes and a bigger bunch of "weren't the 1970's a hoot" jokes, including a soundtrack of cheesy oldies and references to the importance of musk-fragrance cologne.

It's too bad that the script does to the talented Christina Applegate what the newsroom guys to do Victoria. She is primarily called upon to look as though she is trying to maintain her composure despite being surrounded by idiots. Carell is a stand-out as the dimmest of the news crew's dim bulbs, and there are several guest appearances to help hold our interest.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 9, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: December 28, 2004
  • Cast: Christina Applegate , Vince Vaughn , Will Ferrell
  • Director: Adam McKay
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 94 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual humor, language and comic violence
  • Last updated: February 2, 2024

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