50 Greatest Comedies of the 21st Century

From rom-coms to raunch-coms, 'Anchorman' to 'Wet Hot American Summer' – the funniest movies of the new millennium so far

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'Anchorman' (2004)
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12. 'Anchorman' (2004)

Two years removed from his triumphant Saturday Night Live run, Will Ferrell cemented his transition to movie stardom (already in full swing thanks to Old School and Elf) with this masterstroke of absurdist, blowhard comedy. In Ron Burgundy, Ferrell and his frequent collaborator/director/co-writer Adam McKay found the perfect delivery device for the actor's hilarious sendup of alpha-male privilege, playing the buffoonish, sexist San Diego newscaster whose cocksure reign is about to be punctured. It helped also established Ferrell’s brilliant non-sequitur oddness: How a bull session about love segues inexplicably into an impromptu a cappella performance of "Afternoon Delight," or how a rivalry with other news crews effortlessly turns into a Warriors-style street brawl. And it's quotable as hell, from Burgundy's declaration that San Diego is German for "a whale's vagina" to his insistence that he's "in a glass case of emotion." In the not-too-distant future, we'll all be speaking in Burgundy-isms. TG

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