Tag Archives: Will Ferrell

Zoolander 2

LONG TIME NO Z. Former fashion icons Zoolander and Hansel (Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson) are reunited after many years to help Interpol find out who’s assassinating pop stars. This belated sequel does everything wrong, even though it closely imitates the original by adding an abundance of cameos and inventing another outlandish plot involving fashion super-villains. … Continue reading Zoolander 2

The Lego Movie

THE STORY OF A NOBODY WHO SAVED EVERYBODY. In the city of Bricksburg, happy-go-lucky construction worker Emmet Brickowoski meets a woman who believes that he is “the Special”, a person who is ultimately capable of stopping a superweapon. It may have looked like a stupid idea on paper, but the Cloudy With a Chance of … Continue reading The Lego Movie

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. After getting kicked out of a prestigious news job in NYC, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered to join the world’s first 24-hour news channel, and gets the old gang back together. Getting this sequel off the ground took its sweet time, and once again it seems impossible to … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

The Internship

Middle-aged watch salesmen Billy and Nick (Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson) lose their jobs and take a chance applying for internships at Google even though they don’t know the first thing about coding. A comedy that may look like mere paid advertising for Google. But on the other hand, the intrigues at the company’s famed campus … Continue reading The Internship

The Campaign

MAY THE BEST LOSER WIN. Four-term North Carolina Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) usually stands unopposed, but this time he’s challenged by a Republican newcomer, the meek-looking Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). The same year as Jay Roach chronicled Sarah Palin’s path to the GOP vice-presidential nomination in Game Change, he also poked fun at political … Continue reading The Campaign

The Other Guys

When two hot-shot NYC cops are killed in action, it is up to desk-bound colleagues Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg) to pick up the baton. Adam McKay’s buddy-cop spoof is a definite improvement on his Step Brothers (2008); it may be loud and dumb, but at least it’s got plenty of … Continue reading The Other Guys

Melinda and Melinda

ONE LOVE STORY. TWO VERSIONS. SERIOUSLY FUNNY. During a dinner, a comedian and a playwright begin discussing two different approaches to the same story, one tragic and the other humorous. An amusing little experiment for director Woody Allen who tries to have it both ways rather than make a traditional decision on how to treat a … Continue reading Melinda and Melinda

Megamind

HEROES AREN’T BORN. THEY’RE MADE. Two alien babies are shipped to Earth and grow up in Metro City, shaping their future as a superhero, Metro Man, and a super-villain, Megamind. The Madagascar director strikes with a saga that flips the Superman myth and focuses on the villain and his potential for greatness; Guillermo del Toro has also been … Continue reading Megamind

Land of the Lost

Right place. Wrong time. Scientist Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell), his research assistant (Anna Friel) and a redneck (Danny McBride) are sucked into another dimension where they battle dinosaurs and other frightening creatures. An adaptation of a TV series (1974-1977) that should attract fans of Ferrell and McBride primarily, but children are also part of the target … Continue reading Land of the Lost

Semi-Pro

PUTTING THE FUNK INTO THE DUNK.  1976, Flint, Michigan; one-hit wonder Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell) now has a struggling basketball team and serves as both coach and star player, but a new arrival on the team shakes things up. Ferrell reportedly said that this will be his last sports-related comedy. Let’s hope so, because I’m … Continue reading Semi-Pro