Nine years after it came out and forty-odd years after it was set, Anchorman has lost none of its genius. Far and away the finest film in the admittedly patchy Frat Pack canon, it immortalised Will Ferrell’s supercilious, scotch-loving and blisteringly funny Ron Burgundy and gold-plated the careers of not a few other actors. And…
we don’t know how to put this but, he’s kind of a big deal.
Judd Apatow is back in the directing chair after working as a producer on most of America’s comedy output: Anchorman, The Five Year Engagement, Wanderlust, Get Him To The Greek, Superbad– the list is impressive. However, while Apatow has shepherded a lot of quality comedy talent in those films, his own directing and writing efforts (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) have received mixed feedback. In This is 40, he casts his own wife and kids as a family reaching a crisis point as the couple turn 40, in a plot that seems to imitate his own life. Sticking a little too close to home here proves to be the film’s downfall as laughs are few and far between.
It’s jean-creaming time.