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

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 92 reviews

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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.


Comic violence, characters maimed and killed.


Extremely explicit sexual references for a PG-13.


Very crude language for a PG-13.

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
Parent of a 5, 12, and 16-year-old Written byChris T. January 8, 2018

Hilarious movie, one of Will's bests!

This is actually much more funny than I expected but it does have an awful lot of sexual references and swearing such as f--k. This will be fine for most teens,... Continue reading
Adult Written byHenrysmovieguide November 12, 2017

Anchorman is funny but surprisingly focused on gender

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a pretty funny movie if you're a teen to middle-aged man. Some girls may even enjoy it, but my little sister hated... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byomgemily September 6, 2010


One of the funniest movies I've ever seen :3
Kid, 11 years old February 14, 2014

Anchor Management

My family started watching this movie and halfway through just shut it off. Not only was it incredibly inappropriate, it just wasn't funny. Don't get... 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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