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Top Three Will Ferrell Movies

June 4, 2009

With the new Will Ferrell movie, The Land of the Lost set to hit the big screens, we’re celebrating with a podium dedicated to the comedian. At his best, Will Ferrell is one of the funniest people alive. At his worst, well…you may have to watch something like Step Brothers. Can he return to form here? We’ll have to wait and see.

In the meantime, honorable mentions for the top three list include; Semi Pro and Blades of Glory, and I thought he stole the show in brief appearances during Zoolander and Wedding Crashers.

3. Talledaga Nights – The Legend of Ricky Bobby

Ferrell throws himself into the role of fast driving, win-obsessed Ricky Bobby – a star on the Nascar race circuit. Carries the film through a series of increasingly improbable scenarios through sheer force of personality. He was ably supported by a cast that includes Gary Cole, Michael Clark-Duncan, Jane Lynch and Sacha Baron Cohen, but the best scenes in the movie for mine are the interchanges between Ferrell and John C. Reilly, who is fantastic as his buddy Cal Naughton Jr.

2. Stranger Than Fiction

A departure from the absurd here, with Will Ferrell showing his serious acting chops in a film that is both warm-hearted and smart. There’s a hint of his comedy prowess underneath his strait laced portrayal of IRS accountant Harold Crick, and a believable, easy flowing chemistry between himself and co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal. This film also features good performances from Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah (surprised me too) and a smaller role for one of my personal favourites – Arrested Development’s Buster – Tony Hale. Ferrell opened a few eyes with this one, hinting perhaps at more serious roles in the future. Don’t rule it out – it worked for Tom Hanks and to a lesser degree, Jim Carrey.

...and this is what's happening in your world, tonight.

...and this is what's happening in your world, tonight.

1. Anchorman – The Legend of Ron Burgundy;

One of the all time great comedy characters in one of the best comedy’s of the last ten years. Ferrell plays Burgundy with such earnest sincerity that it’s almost impossible not to laugh along as he leads his all-star news-team through the ups and downs of ratings battles and gender politics. This movie helped kick start the careers of Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell and David Koechner. It also helped re-launch the career of Christina Applegate – not to mention some brilliant cameos from Vince Vaughan, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller and Seth Rogen. Just a cracking good film. You stay classy Mr Ferrell.

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