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Director Adam McKay Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carrell, Fred Willard

Whether you know it or not this film is a spawn point for something: the dawning of Will Ferrell’s on-screen persona that’s been gracing our screens ever since its birth in Anchorman; the story of workplace chauvinism dressed up in 70’s suits and outdated hairdos.

Though the Ferrell shtick has long since gone stale its first outing, and to an extent the 2014 sequel, still holds up after all these years as probably the most definitive of Ferrell’s career. For me it was an awesome dumb comedy that made me and my fellow teenagers laugh. Eleven years on I and many more of my generation still throw out the idiotic things said by Ron (Ferrell), and his movie “team” Brian (Rudd), Champ (Koechner) and Brick (Carrell), who all put in spot-on performances alongside the straight woman Veronica (Applegate).

Normally I would say stop going to see Ferrell’s films because you’re only encouraging him further. But then I realise the more he sinks the great Anchorman stands up, which is a testament to his quality. Now we just wait for the inevitable ruination of the series when Anchorman 3 comes out.

MRD 8 of 10

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Director Paul Thomas Anderson Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro

I stopped Inherent Vice before it ended because after over two hours of being bored to tears and not having a clue what was going on I decided I had better things to do. I thought I’d check out the ending but I haven’t been back since. I think I sourced the ending on Wikipedia but I’ve forgotten what was written there. It probably wasn’t right anyway.

Inherent Vice follows the story of a stoner detective (Phoenix), who’s looking for a woman (Waterston), who’s connected to something, somehow, and it turns into a much larger case than first thought. Oh, and Josh Brolin is involved! I honestly can’t remember what happens in this film, because I was that disinterested. But for what it’s worth it wasn’t all bad, it just had so many things going against it; starring Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin didn’t do it any favours for starters.

Of all the mysteries in this film the only one I was enthralled with was the point to this story, and much like the ending I doubt I’ll ever search for it.

MRD 4 of 10

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Director Nicholas Stoller Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco

If anyone comes close to the repetitive comedic performances of Will Ferrell it’s Seth Rogen. Having said that I’ve found Rogen’s act has a certain aspect to it that appeals to me in a way that I won’t go into…

But anyway, Neighbours is essentially a college film told from the perspective from the two old people next door who want to live and let live. Unfortunately the frat house that’s moved into their residential neighbourhood, for some reason, parties constantly, and this apparently only annoys Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne). There are a couple of pieces of logic that have gone astray for the sake of comedy, but for what it’s worth this is good, funny film.

So if you’re on the couch with nothing to do and in need of a laugh you can’t go wrong with this one. If you love it, cherish it, because the horror of all comedies – the sequel – is coming soon…

MRD 6 of 10

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