Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Anchorman: The Bane of MySpace

As you can probably infer from the title of this self-important blog, I did not like the movie Anchorman. In fact, I hated it. In fact, in fact, I quit watching it mid-film several times before I sucked it up and finished it. Stupid movie. I'll refrain from insulting its fans.

Let me back up and lay out the chain of events that led me to actually purchasing (yes, I bought the damn thing) and attempting to sit through this really, really stupid movie. A couple of years ago, my (ex) girlfriend and I were invited to Las Vegas for a birthday party. So we went. As if I needed the birthday party excuse to go to Vegas, but bear with me... On the flight from Raleigh to Las Vegas (can't remember where the layover was... Baltimore, maybe?) the in-flight movie was, here it comes, Anchorman. I'm not the type that usually watches the in-flight movie, preferring to either sleep or look out the window, and guess what? I didn't watch the in-flight movie. However, I did watch the scene in which the rival news crews fought each other in a back-street brawl. What can I say? It looked hilarious. Point of fact that it was hilarious, but I will no longer admit that beyond this sentence.

Anyway, did our thing in Vegas, part of which constituted an entire day spent in bed due to those lovely traveler's flus that just love to fuck people up, and then we flew back to Raleigh. The in-flight movie? Yep. I still didn't watch it, but that same back-street brawl scene caught my eye. It also didn't hurt that the movie is set in San Diego, the greatest city in America (other than the pension deficit, of course), so I went and picked it up at Best Buy a few days after we returned to lovely North Carolina.

And then I tried to watch it. And then I tried again. And again. Holy shit, what a stupid movie. I'm not a huge Will Ferrell fan to begin with, but this was just straight up crap. To be honest (and to contradict myself), I'm not sure I have ever actually watched the entire film. I think so, but I'm not sure. Okay, let's just say that I didn't. It's a bad movie.

Fast forward a bit... here I am on MySpace. At the mercy of every yuppie and yahoo that has chosen a quote from Anchorman as their so-called MySpace headline. I am so sick and tired of the "I'm kind of a big deal" and "I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany" quotes that seem to breed in this virtual playground. I guess it's sort of testament to the film that so many people remember so many stupid things about it. Either that, or we're in trouble as a society. Again, I'll refrain from any direct insults.

You know what? Since I'm refraining from direct insults, I actually have nothing further to say. Except for a pleading want of everyone to remove any and all references of that stupid movie from their MySpace pages.

But that ain't going to happen... too many people actually feel that they're truly "kind of a big deal."

Couldn't resist...


Anonymous said...

But Anchorman was "kind of a big deal."

Posted by Jessica Lynn on January 10, 2007 - Wednesday - 9:32 AM

Anonymous said...

I must agree, terrible movie.

Posted by Cowan on January 10, 2007 - Wednesday - 2:39 PM

Anonymous said...

It *was* pretty stupid, as are most Will Farrell films...but that backstreet brawl was hysterical. If that had had anything to do with the rest of the movie, things might have been different.

Though, I kinda chuckled at the end when the dog and the bear were talking. Chuckled, not laughed. There's a difference. It didn't deserve a laugh. Merely a chuckle. And that's what I gave it.

Posted by Geoffry on January 10, 2007 - Wednesday - 8:59 PM

Anonymous said...

i love the movie, but i do understand that when you don't like an actor, well you don't like an actor. For Me, that actor manifests himself in the form of Colin Ferrel, every last indicating word that little shit utters grates on me more than the last. Interesting that our loathed actors share the same last name...

Posted by God on January 16, 2007 - Tuesday - 3:52 PM

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