Anchorman works as a satirical criticism of local television.
Partially because it’s also farcical, meaning it gets away with terrible character development, an uneven plot and some serious sexism.
Mostly it works because it is absolutely hilarious. Seriously, Jack Black, in the best of the film’s cameos, punting a dog off of a bridge into a river should not be funny. But here; here it is. Ditto that for Will Ferrell saying things like, “By Zeus’ beard.” And a gang fight between rival news teams. And so forth.
Certainly not intellectual and equally unsophisticated.
The second half is rushed, even for a satirical farce. Burgundy’s (Will Ferrell) fall from grace is handled hilariously, but his redemption is less skillfully developed.
Ditto that for the resolution between Burgundy and Corningstone (Christina Applegate).
The epilogue is unnecessary, and only serves to punch the viewer with resolution.
But this comedy is skillfully made. It isn’t quite exceptional, but it is far from bad all the same.