Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
I know that this isn’t a very recent movie to be writing about, but last night I watched one of the stupidest, funniest, and dumbest movie ever, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
For those of you who are like me and living under a rock, I feel bad if you haven’t seen this movie or even heard what it’s about. Anchorman actually is a lot like other movies and is about as cliché as it gets. Guy gets girl, guy loses girl, guy gets depressed, etc. But this movie adds in lots of hilarious jokes. Some you’ll find funny, and some you’ll just think are stupid as heck. Which, I guess, is the point of a comedy.
WARNING SPOILER ALERT
The whole plot of Anchorman is about an Anchorman, Ron Burgundy, who is described as the most loved man in San Diego. He works for the number one news team, Channel 4 News who are comprised of three other coworkers. Brian Fantana, Brick Tamland, and Champ Kind. One night, after being declared the number one news station, they all throw a party. That’s when Ron realizes that he’s lonely in life and he needs somebody to love besides his dog Baxter.
At this party he sees a beautiful blonde woman who he decides to go after. After a couple minutes of searching he catches up to her and talks to her. We find out that she is new to San Diego, and that she doesn’t know who Ron is. Ron’s stunned by this, and she rejects him.
After a couple minutes of plain silliness, Ron and friends go back to work and find out that the beautiful woman whose name is Veronica Corningstone, has started to work at the Channel 4 News station. The group of guys all try to ask her out. They all fail accept for Ron. Even though he has the worst plan out of the group, he somehow gets her to go on a “strictly business dinner.”
The dinner goes as Ron had planned it, if you know what I mean, and Ron and Veronica start to date. The outcome of this is that Ron’s friends start to spend less and less time with Ron, which strains their friendship.
Ron then is in his car eating a burrito when a biker drives beside him. Ron throws the burrito out his window and hits the biker, which causes a crash. Ron stops and goes up to the biker, who then asks Ron what he loves most in life. Ron replies that he loves Baxter, his dog. The biker picks up Baxter and punts him over the bridge that they were on. This sends Ron into a state of sadness that results in his missing his news show. Veronica takes his place, which Ron sees as disloyal. He ends up breaking up with Veronica, she says his hair looks stupid, he throws her over a desk, and they begin to fight. The fight is ended by the station manager and they go on with their jobs.
After this happens Ron and his friends decide to go to get some new suits. Brick, played by Fenn’s own Steve Carell, is a mentally challenged adult that leads them into an alley way, where they come across the rival Night Time News team. Then the rest of the local news teams come in, all sporting at least one famous actor. They have an all-out gang war with each other. Once the gang war is ended by the police they all go back to their separate news stations.
To get back at Ron for the fight, Veronica edits what will be put on the teleprompter for Rob. What she makes Ron say makes everybody in San Diego hate Ron. Ron is fired from his job and becomes depressed. His friends aren’t allowed to talk to him. Even a small girl says she is ashamed of him.
Now we fast forward three months, where Veronica is asked to take on the story of the Panda in the San Diego Zoo giving birth. She goes with her cameraman, and while she’s trying to get a good shot of the birth, one of the other Anchorman push her into the Kodiak bear exhibit. Since nobody can find her, Ed, the station manager, asks Ron to do the story and Ron takes it instantly. After cleaning up three months of grunge in 3 seconds, Ron heads to the zoo where he sees Veronica in the bear exhibit. He decides to save her and so do the rest of the friends. They all fight the bears until Baxter jumps in front of Ron, saving his life. Baxter and the bear have a conversation which results in the bears leaving Ron and gang alone.
Ron and Veronica get promoted to Worldwide News and they live happily ever after.
WHY COMEDIES ARE FUN
So, why do we enjoy movies like this? Why spend 90 minutes watching something with an unrealistic and predictable plot, off color humor, bad jokes and terrible acting and special effects?
Because it makes us laugh. And laughing helps us to feel good about the rest of what we do. Most of which is good, but some of which isn’t always fun.
Through low brow comedies, we put everything else aside, turn our brains half off, and just enjoy the moment. We learn catch phrases that we use over and over such as “I love lamp,” which Steve Carell utters in a not particularly funny way that we find funny just the same.
So, the next time you see someone at school that seems to be a little troubled, walk up to them and say “I love lamp.”