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Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Christina Applegate Fred Armisen Steve Carell Darcy Donavan Will Ferrell Kathryn Hahn David Koechner Jerry Minor Holmes Osborne Chris Parnell Ian Roberts (II) Scot Robinson Seth Rogen Paul Rudd Paul F. Tompkins Danny Trejo Charles Walker Renee Weldon Fred Willard
Genre: Comedy
Theatrical: 2004   Rated: PG-13
Duration: 103
Summary: Will Farrell followed up his star-making vehicle Elf, which matched his fine-tuned comic obliviousness to a sweet sincerity, with a more arrogant variation on the same character: Ron Burgundy, a macho, narcissistic news anchor from the 1970s. Along with his news posse--roving reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd, Clueless), sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner), and dim-bulb weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell, Bruce Almighty)--Burgundy rules the roost in San Diego, fawned upon by groupies and supported by a weary producer (Fred Willard, Best In Show) who tolerates Burgundy's ego because of good ratings. But when Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate, View from the Top) arrives with ambitions to become an anchor herself, she threatens the male-dominated newsroom. Anchorman has plenty of funny material, but it's as if Farrell couldn't decide what he really wanted to mock, and so took smart-ass cracks at everything in sight. Still, there are moments of inspired delirium. --Bret Fetzer

Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: William Atherton Dan Aykroyd Timothy Carhart Jordan Charney Alice Drummond Michael Ensign Roger Grimsby Ernie Hudson Slavitza Jovan David Margulies Tom McDermott Rick Moranis Bill Murray Annie Potts Harold Ramis John Rothman Jennifer Runyon Steven Tash Sigourney Weaver
Genre: Comedy
Theatrical: 1984   Rated: PG
Duration: 107
Summary: Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote the script, but Bill Murray gets all the best lines and moments in this 1984 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman (Meatballs). The three comics, plus Ernie Hudson, play the New York City-based team that provides supernatural pest control, and Sigourney Weaver is the love interest possessed by an ancient demon. Reitman and company are full of original ideas about hobgoblins--who knew they could "slime" people with green plasma goo?--but hovering above the plot is Murray's patented ironic view of all the action. Still a lot of fun, and an obvious model for sci-fi comedies such as Men in Black. --Tom Keogh

Director: Tamra Davis
Starring: Dave Chappelle Guillermo Díaz Jim Breuer Harland Williams Rachel True Clarence Williams III Laura Silverman Tommy Chong R.D. Reid Gregg Rogell Kevin Brennan (II) Alice Poon Rick Demas David Bluestein Kevin Duhaney Matthew Raposo James Cooper (VI) Michael Colton Paul Brogren Neal Brennan
Genre: Comedy
Theatrical: 1998   Rated: R
Duration: 83
Summary: Cannabis comedy doesn't get more juvenile than this pro-pot goof about three stoners who come to the rescue of a fourth buddy when he's arrested for feeding a lethal dose of junk food to a diabetic police horse. Kenny (Harland Williams) is sent to jail, and to rescue him from the almost inevitable trauma of homosexual rape (giving you some idea of this movie's level of humor), his buddies set out to raise his $100,000 bail by selling high-grade weed ripped off from a pharmaceutical research lab. That's about it for the plot; the rest of the movie's a parade of marijuana jokes and amusing pot-friendly cameos by the likes of Snoop Dog, Willie Nelson, and Janeane Garofalo. As two of the bong-hitting buddies, Jim Breuer (from Saturday Night Live) and comedian Dave Chappelle do their best to disguise the movie's lack of inspiration. But no matter how hard they try to milk laughs from the one-joke premise, they can't stop the movie's title from being an apt description of the movie itself. -- Jeff Shannon

Director: Allan Mindel
Starring: Troy Garity Alison Folland Randy Quaid Bruce Dern Hank Harris Debra Monk Josh Brolin Holly Woodlawn John Judd (III) Timothy Slaske Maren Lindow
Genre: Comedy
Theatrical: 2003   Rated: R
Duration: 96
Summary: Having lived his entire life under the watchful eye of his overbearing mother, Albert must fend for himself after an unidentified car suddenly kills her. Free for the first time, Albert quickly responds to the bait dangling in front of him by two con artists, pitting one against the other in a race for his trust and fortune. Using the skills that make him a gifted fisherman, Albert turns the tables on his seemingly doomed fate, revealing nothing is quite what it seems in this Midwestern tale of love and deceit. Stars Troy Garity, Alison Folland, Randy Quaid, Bruce Dern, Hank Harris.

Director: Jared Hess
Starring: Jon Heder Efren Ramirez Jon Gries Aaron Ruell Diedrich Bader Tina Majorino Sandy Martin Haylie Duff Trevor Snarr Shondrella Avery Bracken Johnson Carmen Brady Ellen Dubin J.C. Cunningham James Stevens (VIII) Brian Petersen Brett Taylor Tom Lefler Elizabeth Miklavcic Scott Thomas (IX)
Genre: Comedy
Theatrical: 2004   Rated: PG
Duration: 89
Summary: Napoleon Dynamite is a new kind of hero, complete with a tight red 'fro, sweet moon boots, and skills that can t be topped. Napoleon spends his days drawing mythical beasts, duking it out with his brother, Kip, and avoiding his scheming Uncle Rico. When two new friends enter Napoleon's life - shy Deb and mustachioed Pedro - the trio launches a campaign to elect Pedro for class president and make the student body s wildest dreams come true. But if Pedro is to beat stuck-up Summer, Napoleon will have to unleash his secret weapon...

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Director: Greg Pak
Starring: John Cariani Catherine Carota Louis Ozawa Changchien Cindy Cheung Bill Coelius Angel Desai Norma Fire Ari Garin Wai Ching Ho Vin Knight Glenn Kubota Karen Tse Lee Tanisha Lynn Oliver Oguma Gina Quintos James Saito Joshua Spafford Rea Tajiri Tamlyn Tomita
Genre: Comedy
Theatrical: 2002   Rated: NR
Duration: 85
Summary: The title should have one more word in it: "Robot Love Stories." Despite it's decidedly SF premise, it's hard to call these stories SF. The themes are far more human than the title gives any reason to expect.

The first vignette, "My Robot Baby," is about mother love. Face it, that's not something that comes easily to every woman (or man, for that matter), and there's something to be said for making all your mistakes on a robot instead of a human child. The next story, "The Robot Fixer," is about familial love again, faced with a terrible family tragedy. The robots this time are toys, mementos of a loved one, when that love holds on long after it needed to let go. "Machine Love" points out that, in making robot minds in the image of our own, we're likely to succeed far too well. That new underclass will have a lot to overcome, expecially in pursuing the rewards in their lives that were never part of the product specification. Finally, "Clay" presents robot love in yet another way, the kind that appears when the distinction between human and robot blurs completely - or maybe not so completely, in ways that matter most to sculptor Johnny.

They are all exceptional and warm stories, enhanced by the extras on this disk. Deleted scenes and alternate endings show other directions that the thoughts could have gone. A ten-minute short, "Mouse," also appears among the extras. It stands away from the robot theme, and I'm wholly sure what to make of it.

These loving, literate stories have my highest recommendation. This quiet set deserves a lot more attention than it's generally gotten.


Director: Thomas McCarthy
Starring: Peter Dinklage Paul Benjamin Jase Blankfort Paula Garcés Josh Pais Richard Kind Bobby Cannavale Patricia Clarkson Lynn Cohen Raven Goodwin Marla Sucharetza Michelle Williams Jayce Bartok Joe Lo Truglio John Slattery Maile Flanagan Sarah Bolger (II) Ileen Getz Jeremy Bergman Annie Del Moro
Genre: Comedy
Theatrical: 2003   Rated: R
Duration: 88
Summary: A strong ensemble and director Tom McCarthy's sweetly low-key observations make Sundance fave The Station Agent a treat. The film revolves around a reserved, somber dwarf (Peter Dinklage, immortalized by his brilliant ticked-off tirade in Living in Oblivion), a train enthusiast who inherits a small depot in rural New Jersey. He makes friends, somewhat reluctantly, with a group of eccentric locals: the guy at the coffee stand (buoyant Bobby Cannavale), an artist (Patricia Clarkson, impeccable as usual), a librarian (Michelle Williams). A few of the plot strands feel forced, but whenever the actors are simply playing off each other with McCarthy's nicely understated dialogue--which is most of the time--it ambles along winningly. You'll also learn more than you ever thought you'd want to know about trains. The key is Dinklage's smoldering performance, one of those reminders that a single scowl is worth pages of conversation. --Robert Horton

Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Voice of Wiley Wiggins Voice of Julie Delpy
Genre: Comedy
Theatrical: 2001   Rated: R
Duration: 99
Summary: Waking Life is a film that never settles down. Or maybe it never wakes up. Regardless, Richard Linklater's animated meditation seems to strike a perfect balance between the plotless meanderings of Slacker and the unquenchable knowledge-seeking of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. Any way you look at it, this is a weird, original movie.
As he attempts to figure out what separates dreams from reality, the protagonist (Dazed and Confused's Wiley Wiggins) hears an earful from everyone he stumbles upon. Ramblings range from the scholarly (Linklater's former college professor Robert C. Solomon gives a monologue) to the banal (of which there are plenty). Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Steven Soderbergh, and Adam Goldberg all get animated cameos, basically playing themselves. The dream-centered dialogues eventually grow mind-numbing, but that's OK; the animation steals the show. Each frame of the movie, which was first shot with live actors, was painted over, and the process renders a distorted and trippy collage of sights and sounds. Linklater's film is ultimately quite poignant, but, as with any good journey, you'll need to sit through some fairly tedious moments before reaching the destination. --Jason Verlinde

Director: David Dobkin
Starring: Owen Wilson Vince Vaughn Christopher Walken Rachel McAdams Isla Fisher Jane Seymour Ellen Albertini Dow Keir O'Donnell Bradley Cooper Ron Canada Henry Gibson Dwight Yoakam Rebecca De Mornay David Conrad Jennifer Alden Geoff Stults James McDonnell Jesse Henecke Lou Cutell Sparkle
Genre: Comedy
Theatrical: 2005   Rated: NR
Duration: 128
Summary: With Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as a pair of brazen wedding crashers, this buddy/romantic comedy milks a few big laughs from its foolproof premise. Under the direction of David Dobkin (who previously worked with Wilson on Shanghai Knights), the movie ranges from bawdy romp to mushy romance, and that tonal identity crisis curtails the overall hilarity. But when the well-teamed costars are firing on all pistons with fast-paced dialogue and manic situations, belly laughs are delivered at a steady clip. Things get complicated when the guys infiltrate the family of the Treasury Secretary (Christopher Walken), resulting in a romantic pair-off between Vaughn and the congressman's oversexed daughter Gloria (Isla Fisher) while Wilson sincerely woos another daughter, Claire (Rachel McAdams), who's unhappily engaged to an Ivy League cheater (Bradley Cooper). Walken is more or less wasted in his role, but Jane Seymour and Henry Gibson make amusing appearances, and a surprise guest arrives late in the game for some over-the-top scene-stealing. It's all a bit uneven, but McAdams (considered by some to be "the next Julia Roberts") is a pure delight, and with enough laughs to make it easily recommended, Wedding Crashers will likely find its place on DVD shelves alongside other flawed but enjoyable R-rated comedies that embrace a naughtier, nastier brand of humor with no need for apologies. --Jeff Shannon
On the DVD
The "Uncorked" edition of Wedding Crashers adds about 8 minutes of footage to the theatrical release. Of chief interest are extended beach and bathroom scenes between Vince Vaughn and Isla Fisher, and Vaughn's extended confession to Father O'Neil (Henry Gibson), but there are also new scenes featuring Keir O'Donnell as the eccentric Todd and Ellen Albertini Dow as the potty-mouthed grandmother. This edition is billed as unrated because it wasn't resubmitted to the MPAA, but the sexier bathroom scene and coarser confession aren't particularly raunchier than the original film, and there's no additional nudity. You can watch the Uncorked edition once to see the new footage, but for subsequent viewings you'll probably choose to stick with the theatrical release, which is also included on the DVD.
Bonus features consist of two very good commentary tracks, one by director David Dobkin and another by Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Dobkin's is more technically informative, and he specifically discusses why the added scenes were originally cut. Vaughn and Wilson are a little more subdued than might be expected, but they share some laughs, recall some material that was left out, and wander into irrelevant territory such as football and Wilson's dog. Other features include four deleted scenes with optional commentary by Dobkin, and two featurettes covering the making of the film (including the logistics of staging five different weddings, and interviews with the "magic and balloon consultant") and Vaughn and Wilson's meandering discussion of "the rules" of wedding crashing. For a more organized recap, there's a 24-screen text-only list of all the rules. The opening menu is clever, but slow to load after you've watched it the first time. --David Horiuchi

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