I saw “Anchorman” at a drive-in movie theater. Yes, those actually still existed in my neck of the woods in 2004. In the back of a co-worker's GTI, we drank jaeger mixed with Cherry Coke. Later that night, I hooked up with a young, naïve girl who I’d recently trained at my part-time job. It was a great night.
But as time passes, I’ve realized why it was so perfect. It has very little to do with breaking curfew, underage drinking, and exploring the new girl.
It’s because the movie was—and still is—brilliant.
So today’s news of another Ron Burgundy-led masterpiece is spectacular.
And it has far-reaching ramifications for male interaction.
I’m dead serious.
The most common form of communication for males 13-30 is quoting television and movie lines. I don’t need science to prove this for me. I’m living proof. So are my friends, their friends, and, really, any regular dude they’ve ever met.
No movie has ever been more quotable than “Anchorman.” Ergo, it’s the most impactful piece of cinema for my generation of dudes. Sure, there have been movies with greater stand-alone lines. There have been funnier movies. But I defy you to come up with something that packed so many laughter-inducing one-liners closer together.
And, dammit, did we notice. It was almost as if “Anchorman” underwrote my freshman year of college. It’s not an exaggeration to say 90 percent of my floor would daily drop references to the movie. Hell, for some, 90 percent of their speech was culled from the script.
It never got old.
Eight years later, it still hasn’t.
The movie has a special place in my heart because I studied journalism. Four years of identifying “hot ledes” and stories that were “compelling and rich.” Then came another four years of practicing my education in the real world.
So, yeah, I may be a little biased.
But I am also hopeful.
I’m hoping that this new project will walk the same hallowed comedic ground as the original. There’s great reason to believe it will. Will Ferrell, for all his goofiness, has matured over the last decade. One needs to look no further than his pioneering Spanish-language “Casa de Mi Padre.” Whether you like him or not, he is the most high-profile comedic actor of his generation. It sure doesn’t seem like he’d sully his greatest role if he wasn’t totally committed to upholding the standard of 2004’s hit.
It’s a big day for me and so many who hold this movie, which believe it or not received only lukewarm reviews from critics, in such high regard. For now, we’ll sit and wait, looking forward to a time when a fresh batch of Anchormanisms is dropped in our collective laps.
And then, of course, having them shape our social interactions for the next 10 years.