This goofy, energetic comedy flattens out at times but milks its 1970s setting and characters for numerous huge laughs. Will Ferrell (Elf
and Old School
) stars in the title role of a top-rated San Diego newsman who spends his off-camera hours partying with his cavalier news team. This chauvinistic boys club squirms madly when the news producer (the always-excellent Fred Willard) interjects an ambitious woman (Christina Applegate) into the on-air staff who is not content to just cover cat fashion shows and soft news. Ferrell co-wrote the screenplay with director and former Saturday Night Live
head writer Adam McKay.