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  • Review Date: December 27, 2004
  • 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?


Anchorman's 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 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
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 was TV version but it was a really funny movie. And the best Will Ferrel Movie.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bymattthemovieman August 17, 2009


pretty good movie violence:theres a really big fight but its not graphic at man has an erection,two characters have sex offscreen. language the regulars but the unrated was at least 5 f-bombs
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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