Of all the movies that will appear on this list, I have to believe this choice will be the most controversial, as comedy is perhaps the most subjective of all genres. There are dozens of other similarly styled comedies from the ’00s which also succeeded at the box office, and our individual lists may actually rank some of them higher. However, for a consensus list, it is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy that stands tall.
Will Ferrell has to be one of the main reason Anchorman sticks out when choosing a comedy to represent the ’00s. While he (and many others) eventually went through a backlash, there is no question in my mind that Will’s legacy will be as the actor most associated with comedy in the 00s, and Anchorman is his calling card.
Of note is the endless roster of ’00s comedy bigwigs in front of and behind the camera. Judd Apatow as producer. Adam McKay as director. A cast including Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Vince Vaughn, with cameos from SNL and Mr. Show alumni as well as veterans such as Fred Willard and Christina Applegate.
There was so much material left over that they compiled it into a direct-to-DVD “sequel”, which for all its own inherent flaws still manages to be more entertaining than some of Will Ferrell’s own features. If you measure a comedy’s success by the number of genuine laughs and its rewatch value, it’s easy to see why Film Junk considers Anchorman one of its favorite pics of the decade.
Check out previous entries from our Top 20 Films of the ’00s.