Having just watched the Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis film The Campaign this past weekend, I have Will Ferrell on the brain. While I found The Campaign to be far from his greatest film, the viewing did cause my brother and I to start discussing what we felt was Ferrell’s greatest role in a film.
I am going to briefly mention of few of his films that I particularly enjoyed. Feel free to choose a film that I do not mention. However, please try to select a film in which he has a starring role and not just a cameo.
Elf (2003) Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf in this modern Christmas classic. An orphan who grew to be 6’3″ at the North Pole, Buddy has been raised by Elves. He sets out to New York City to find his real birth father. James Caan as Walter Hobbs plays a great straight man in this film as a foil for Ferrell’s Buddy the Elf. I usually end up watching this at least twice during the holidays.
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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy as newscaster in San Diego in the 1970′s. To call the newsroom chauvinistic would be a huge understatement. Burgundy’s world is turned upside down when a female is hired to work on his show. Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), both agitates and entrances Burgundy and turns his male centric world upside down in this highly quotable film with a great ensemble cast.
Step Brothers (2008) Will Ferrell stars with frequent collaborator John C. Reilly in this story of two middle-aged men who have avoided adulthood and are still living at home. They suddenly find themselves step brothers after their respective parents marry. Hijinks ensue as the two battle it out for their parents affection. This film also introduced the world to the Fucking Catalina Wine Mixer.
I realize that Ferrell is not everyone’s cup of tea with regards to his brand of comedy. It often seems people are rather polarized when it comes to this actor with folks either in the love him or loathe him camp. One thing I think we can all agree on is that he is the only decent thing to every come out of the suburban master planned hell hole that is Irvine California.
So todays question is what is your favorite Will Ferrell film? Or if you are not a fan of his comedy please explain why he is not your sort of comedian.