Ten years ago today an original comedy was released with a big weight of expectation on its shoulders and a cast who would go on to be big stars. It flopped upon release, not even breaking $100 million worldwide, and was met with largely positive, but few glowing reviews.
That film was Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and as I'm sure you're aware, things changed.
Slowly amassing a dedicated following, the film's popularity exploded upon its home release and soon word-of-mouth spread its tale of moronic news men around the world. Before long the film was a cult classic, but Anchorman's popularity only continued to grow.
Now the Will Ferrell film is a classic in the classic sense, the defining comedy of our time and the most quotable movie ever made. It's an entire script of memorable quips, expressions, insults and good old-fashioned gags that are hilarious every time.
It's not exactly high-brow humour, but Anchorman is funny, memorable and more applicable to real-life scenarios than you might think.
Here are just some the quotes that reel off the tongue when we begin discussing, or even thinking about the film.
- "I love lamp."
- "I'm in a glass case of emotion!"
- "60 percent of the time, it works all the time."
- "I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany."
To celebrate Anchorman's 10th anniversary we took a look at four more films which come close to the film's quotability – based on quantity, rather than individual quality.
Just as Anchorman brought the world Will Ferrell, Zoolander brought us Ben Stiller... and Will Ferrell. Stiller played the title character - a male model as thick as two short planks - while Ferrell further built up his stock in Hollywood as villainous fashion designer Mugatu.
Just like the adventures of Ron Burgundy, Zoolander takes place in a world of bizarre heightened reality where silliness overrides any form of logic. Here are just a few quotes...
- "He's so hot right now!"
- "What is this? A centre for ants?"
- "Moisture is the essence of wetness."
- "A eugoogoolizer... one who speaks at funerals."
- "I became bulimic..." – "You can read minds?"
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Borat hasn't stood the test of time particularly well. It's still a good film, but its initial shock value is lost on repeat viewings and let's be honest, we've all heard so many impressions of Sacha Baron Cohen's Kazakhstani that we almost wish the film had never been made.
Teenagers around the world spent hours perfecting their Borat impressions to the teeth-grinding fury of many and the embarrassment of their future selves (trust me). Eight years ago though, Borat was one of the funniest films of the year.
- "Jak sie masz? My name-a Borat. I like you. I like sex. Is nice!"
- "High five!"
- "May George Bush drink the blood of every man, woman, and child in Iraq!"
- "Gipsy! Give me your tears! If you will not give them to me, I will take them from you!"
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Monty Python troupe are a key influence of anyone who has ever wanted to be silly. If you could study the art of silliness it would include a course dedicated to the Brit comedians and in particular their biggest films, Life of Brian and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Life of Brian may be the better and more beloved of the two, but I've chosen Holy Grail for this list because of its rapid-fire approach and more plentiful laughs.
- "I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!"
- "It's a flesh wound"
- "You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you."
- "We are the knights who say... ni!"
- "Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let's not bicker and argue over who killed who."
Before Anchorman it was Airplane! that reigned supreme over lists like this. Similarly packed with jokes, this was a script loaded entirely with puns and gags ranging from the silly to the sublimely clever. It also gave the world Leslie Nielsen, the dead-panning like of which will sadly never be seen again.
- "I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
- "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking/smoking/sniffing glue/quit amphetamines."
- "There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?"
- "Nervous?" ... "Yes." ... "First time?" ... "No, I've been nervous lots of times."