Anchorman

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Silly comedy that's definitely not for kids
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 94 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 68 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Tolerance is a theme of the movie, but there is very little racial diversity within the cast to support this.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The men act like buffoons, but it is played all for laughs. Veronica is a determined, driven woman who faces a tough challenge-- infiltrating a male dominated workforce.

Violence

Comic violence, characters maimed and killed.

Sex

Extremely explicit sexual references for a PG-13.

Language

Very crude language for a PG-13.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although your kids may love Will Ferrell, this is not Elf. The movie has extremely mature material for a PG-13, even for this "slob comedy" genre. Characters use very strong language and there are especially graphic sexual references and situations. The movie has comic peril and violence. One character's arms are hacked off and others are killed.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymlb444 June 28, 2009

LOVE THIS MOVIE (but be warned of its humor)

I love this movie it is hillarious but,............... the sexual humor is pretty bad and theres a good amount profanity.
Adult Written byI_TellTheTruth January 12, 2014

Hilarious and Quotable Film; Not A Family-Friendly Movie

This is such a classic, quotable film. I find it to be a lot less offensive than the sequel, but there are still plenty of things in here that aren't for c... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 2, 2011

2 THumbs UP

OK. Under 11: No! 11-12: Iffy. 13 & up: Just fine! I am 11 years old and I watched this movie on TV! There was no f-bombs or anything like that bcuz it... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymattthemovieman August 17, 2009

ok...

pretty good movie violence:theres a really big fight but its not graphic at all.sex:a man has an erection,two characters have sex offscreen. language the regul... Continue reading

What's the story?

Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) has got it all. He is the anchor of the top-rated news program in San Diego alongside his best pals, sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner), weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), and reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd). He gets to go to lots of swinging parties. And he has great hair. Life is just about perfect. And then there comes that pesky word "diversity." Ron learns that diversity is not a famous Civil War battleship but the reason that for the first time the news team will include a woman, the beautiful, talented, and very ambitious Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate).

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the opportunities and expectations for women in the era of the movie compare to today's and talk about how much has changed and what still needs to change.

  • How has the way we get our news changed since the 1970's? What is better and what is worse?

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