Tag Archives: Will Ferrell

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

The Producers

Down-on-his-luck Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) talks a clean-cut accountant (Matthew Broderick) into joining him in a scheme where they will make money from putting on a show guaranteed to fail. This adaptation of the Broadway smash hit was done pretty much the way the play was produced; the original director made it together … Continue reading The Producers

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

DEBONAIR. DEFIANT. DEFROSTED. Superagent Austin Powers (Mike Myers) was cryogenically frozen in the ‘60s, but is awakened 30 years later to fight his arch-enemy, Dr. Evil. The star based his character on the British agents who always saved the world but were never too busy for the ladies; Austin may have hideous teeth but is still … Continue reading Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Winter Passing

SOMETIMES YOU GO LOOKING FOR SOMETHING YOU WANT… AND FIND WHAT YOU NEED. Screwed-up actor/bartender Reese Holdin (Zooey Deschanel) is offered money to go back home to Michigan and talk her reclusive dad (Ed Harris), a brilliant novelist, into publishing his love letters to his deceased wife. Adam Rapp’s directing debut is a depressing, rather … Continue reading Winter Passing

Step Brothers

THEY GROW UP SO FAST. When Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) get married, their 40-year-old, terminally childish sons (Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly) instantly hate each other’s guts. The director and stars of Talladega Nights (2006) reportedly came up with the idea for this film while having dinner, and it shows. There’s not … Continue reading Step Brothers

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

NO BRAKES. NO BRAINS.  NASCAR champ Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) has a successful partnership with a colleague (John C. Reilly), but their friendship and NASCAR supremacy are challenged by a newly arrived French driver (Sacha Baron Cohen). The director and the star of Anchorman (2004) thrilled their fans with a film much like it. As … Continue reading Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Starsky & Hutch

THEY’RE THE MAN. Two cops (Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson) who have completely opposing views on police work team up to bust a drug dealer (Vince Vaughn) who has come up with a new kind of cocaine. Another TV show makes it to the screen; this one ran from 1975-1979 and the Stiller-Wilson duo has changed … Continue reading Starsky & Hutch

Zoolander

3 % BODY FAT. 1 % BRAIN ACTIVITY. A fashion designer (Will Ferrell) plans to brainwash the dumbest male model around, which happens to be Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), into assassinating a prime minister threatening to close down the designer’s business. That’s the stupid story of this “frat pack” comedy, but funny it still is, … Continue reading Zoolander

Stranger Than Fiction

HAROLD CRICK ISN’T READY TO GO. PERIOD.  IRS agent Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) lives a very dull life until the day when he hears a woman in his head narrating everything he does; she is a famous author (Emma Thompson) who’s contemplating how to kill her character. Director Marc Forster’s imaginative film has a typical … Continue reading Stranger Than Fiction

Dick

HE WAS TRICKY. THEY WERE BETTER. Teen girls Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) witness the Watergate scandal unfold when they are hired by President Richard Nixon (Dan Hedaya) to walk his dog. Maybe the writers had sampled some of the cannabis-laced cookies that are featured in the film; having Nixon as … Continue reading Dick