Adam McKay

SNL guy turns director.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) -- This wanted to be the next Austin Powers or something, I'm sure... and it had the potential to be... but it just didn't connect completely, in spite of the really really funny people scattered throughout this movie. It's got plenty of funny moments, and it's certainly not bad, but it's not what it should have been. C

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) -- The best and funniest Will Ferrell movie yet.  Where Anchorman was slow with the jokes, this movie is one joke after another, so that you're laughing at previous jokes when another comes up until you're laughing at like twelve things at once.  Will Ferrell has finally found a movie character where he can be truly funny, and John C. Reilly is such a good actor that he's not only hilarious but believable.  If that weren't enough, Sacha Baron Cohen (formerly primarily known as Ali G.) plays the French stereotype so great that he should have been the new Inspector Clouseau instead of Steve Martin, and Gary Cole plays a hilarious (and, like Reilly, believable) redneck father.  Both of these characters could easily have their own movie.  The icing on the cake is the little red-head kid who was guaranteed a laugh with any line you fed him because of his accent, cuteness, and bold delivery.  And the sprinkles on top are Molly Shannon, Andy Richter, and a perfect audience joke cameo from Elvis Costello and Mos Def.  One of the funniest movies in a long time. B

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