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Lasting Impressions:
A Look Back at a Decade in Film
Marc Ingber
I was a senior in college the summer of 2004 when Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, came out in theaters. I don’t remember its release being a particularly significant event.
Though I was a college student, one of the movie’s targeted demographics, I never saw Anchorman when it was out in theaters and I don’t recall any of my friends seeing it either. There was little indication the movie’s lifespan in the collective American conscience would last more than a few weeks – basically until the next Ferrell or Vince Vaughn or Ben Stiller movie came along and replaced it.
But something strange happened. Unlike Ferrell’s Blades of Glory or Semi-Pro, Anchorman seemed to find a new life on DVD and cable TV over the years and its stature grew to the point where many consider it to be one of the more memorable comedies of the decade.
It’s endlessly-quotable, ridiculous dialogue (“I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal,” “Sixty percent of the time, it works every time,” etc.) have become popular party lines.  The UK’s “Times Online” recently ranked Anchorman number 62 on its “100 Best Movies of the Decade” list – right in between There Will Be Blood and Spirited Away.