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Silly comedy that's definitely not for kids
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 9, 2004
DVD/Streaming release date:December 28, 2004
Cast:Christina Applegate, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell
Director:Adam McKay
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual humor, language and comic violence

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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.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 children's ears or eyes. LANGUAGE: One use of the phrase "go f**k yourself" in a very funny scene. The Unrated DVD includes five more uses of the f-word in the scene right after it, in reference to the preceding scene. Five uses of the word "s**t." Plenty of use of terms like "a**," "b**ch," "c**p," "h**l," "d**n," "wh*re," "hook*r," one use of the insult "d**k weed," and some sexual terms (see "SEX"). SEX: The most explicit scene involves Ron being told by Veronica that he has a "massive er*ction." The viewer sees a large bulge in Ron's pants, and Ron proceeds to walk around the office sporting it. There is also use of slang and non-slang sexual terms, including "d**k," "p*nis," "v*gina," "ov*ry," "do me," etc. Two characters have sex but they are only shown in bed together, the morning after, with clothes on. VIOLENCE: In a comical fight scene with lots of menacing weapons, a man has his arm chopped off and the viewers see a bloody stump. Near the end of the movie, a bear rips off both arms off of a man, without any blood or gore. Overall, there is some really bad language in this movie, some slang and non-slang sexual terms, a scene centered around a bulge in a man's pants, and some cartoonish-like violence. It doesn't really seem excessive, though. It's probably a movie that a father could watch with his teenage or almost-teenage sons without any problems.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byzackmaxwell June 10, 2015

Silly and not rude

This is not rude and it is not funny.