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[[caption-width-right:350: That's one stylish newscaster.]]
->"''He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr, and suits ''so fine'' they made [[FrankSinatra Sinatra]] look like a hobo. In other words, Ron Burgundy was the balls."''

''Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy'' is a 2004 comedy starring WillFerrell.

It is TheSeventies, the age of strange haircuts, polyester, wide lapels, and swinging bachelors. Ron Burgundy is the top anchor of the #1 news program in San Diego, and respected throughout the city. He is somewhat demanding.

One day, due to a lack of diversity, the nebbish who runs the station hires a new female co-anchor, Veronica Corningstone. Burgundy (like most males in the film) is sexist, and so it's near-hatred at first sight. It doesn't help that the gorgeous lady wants to be a serious newscaster, but is assigned stories about cat fashion shows.

What evolves is a SlapSlapKiss situation -- Burgundy falls for Veronica, and she for him, and they try to make things work even while the news is still happening.

Oh, and there is ''lots'' of 1970s-style decadence.

A straight-to-DVD movie was made with various outtakes, unused plot concepts, and clips from the final movie called ''Wake Up, Ron Burgundy''. The plot concerns a radical team of bank robbers being investigated by the Action 4 team. They refer to themselves as "The Alarm Clock", seeking to "wake up" San Diego.[[hottip:*:Though to what end is unclear...even to them.]] The companion movie was packaged with the original as a special gift.

Eight years after its release, Will Ferrel showed up in character on ''Conan'' to play some jazz flute....oh, and also to announce they were finally making a sequel.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AffectionateParody: The two encounters between the news teams send up ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
** With ''{{Spartacus}}'' and ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' thrown in for good measure.
* AgreeToDisagree
* AllStarCast: This FratPack movie had nearly all the members (save Owen Wilson) playing a role.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Champ
* {{Angrish}}: After [[spoiler: Baxter is punted off a bridge.]]
-->'''Ron''': The man punted....AAAARGH...NAAGH, GRAAAAGH...
-->'''Brian''': Ron? Ron?, you're not making sense, where are you?
-->'''Ron''': AAAAAARGH, QAPLAAAAARGH...I'm in a glass cage of emotion! [actually a phone box]
* AvengersAssemble: "News team... ASSEMBLE!" They've actually been standing behind him playing pool the whole time.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Ron''': I don't know how to put this, but... I'm kind of a big deal. People know me. I'm very important. I own many leather-bound books, and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.
** The meeting of the News Teams a la ''WestSideStory'' is a treasure trove of this:
-->'''Spanish Language Anchor''': ''Como estas'', bitches! Spanish Language News is here. Tonight's top story: The sewers run red...with Burgundy's blood!
** Topped only by:
-->'''Public News Anchor''': [[LargeHam HOLD IT RIGHT THERE, YOU INGRATES!]] Public news team is taking a break from its pledge drive to kick some ass. NO COMMERCIALS, NO MERCYYYYYYYYYYY!
* BeardOfSorrow: Ron grows one after [[spoiler:he gets fired.]]
* BerserkButton: Insulting Ron's hair.
** Don't talk about Wes's mother, she's a saint!
* BigDamnHeroes: Played with. Ron attempts this, utterly failing ("I immediately regret this decision!"), the rest of the news team does pretty well, but it's [[spoiler:Baxter]] who saves the day.
* BigNo: Ron, [[spoiler:after the biker punts Baxter off the bridge]]. One of the deleted scenes on the DVD has this taken UpToEleven.
[[spoiler:After Ron gets fired]] Veronica lets two or three out as Ron is dragged away.
* BilingualBonus: The restaurant the women go to is "Escupimos en su Alimento" (Spanish for "we spit in your food")
* BloodyHilarious: [[spoiler:Channel 2's news anchor losing both arms.]]
* BottledCool: Sex Panther by Odeon, which is illegal in nine countries. It's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good. [[spoiler:It also smells like Bigfoot's dick and has a tendency to set off the fire alarm, leading to its user getting jet-hosed.]]
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: Ron and Baxter are both shown sleeping with headgear on early in the film.
* BrickJoke: When we first see Baxter, Ron responds to some of his barking by telling him he doesn't understand Spanish and to say it in English. Later, when he and Veronica are in the throes of passion, she says something in Spanish—which leads Baxter to suddenly bark.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Brick is an extremely competent weatherman...but is completely out to lunch otherwise.
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:A deleted scene reveals that Ron and Wes Mantooth are half-brothers.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Wes Mantooth:''']] I hate you Ron Burgundy! ''I hate you.''
* ChewBubblegum: This great quote by Veronica.
-->'''Corningstone:''' Because I am good at three things: Fighting, screwing, and reading the news. I've already done one of those today, so what's the other one gonna be? Huh?
* CloudCuckoolander: Brick
* ClusterFBomb: In the uncut version, following Ron's exile from Action 4.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Brick: "I would like to extend to you an invitation to the pants party."
** This little gem:
-->'''Veronica''': I'm good at three things: fighting, screwing, and reading the news. I've already done one of those today, so what's the other one gonna be? Huh?
-->'''Ed (hopefully)''': Uh...screwing?
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe, Ron's brief summary of the history of San Diego.
-->'''Ron''': Discovered by the Germans in...1904. They named it "Sandiaago". Which, of course, in German means "a whale's vagina".
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Brick's statement that women's periods attract bears sounds like another one of his bizarre comments, [[ChekhovsGun but it turns out to be important in the climax]].
* CueCard: This is a plot point, Ron Burgundy relies on teleprompters to do the news.
** In ''Wake Up Ron Burgundy'' he's forced to deliver a message on TV by The Alarm Clock without cue cards or a teleprompter, and is reduced to blurting out pure word salad. He can't even remember his own name.
* DeletedScene: So many that they were able to make a whole other movie out of them.
* DidISayThatOutLoud: "VERONICA CORNINGSTONE AND I HAD SEX, AND WE ARE IN LOVE!"
* DisneyAcidSequence: The Pleasure Town sequence:
-->'''Ron:''' Look! It's the most glorious rainbow ever!
-->'''Veronica:''' Do me on it!
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[JackBlack The biker]] who's accidentally pelted by Ron's burrito [[spoiler: [[KickTheDog punts Ron's dog off a bridge]]. He does get better.]]
* TheDitz: Brick
-->I ate a lava lamp. It wasn't lava.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: In ''Wake Up Ron Burgundy'', Champ declares his love for Ron whilst the news team is in the car. Extreme awkwardness ensues as Ron and Brian concentrate ''very hard'' on ignoring him.
* EpicHail: Subverted, in that they were in the same building the whole time.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: This little exchange:
-->'''Champ Kind:''' I will smash your face into a car windshield, and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and ''never call her again!''
-->'''Wes Mantooth:''' Dorothy Mantooth is a ''saint!'' You understand me? Dorothy Mantooth is a ''saint!''
-->'''Ron Burgundy:''' Hey, let's leave the mothers out of this.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Every anchorman apparently keeps weapons on their person, at all times.
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: ''They can smell menstruation.''
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Ron
** TheLancer: Brian
** TheBigGuy: Champ
** TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheSixthRanger: Veronica
** TheChick: Brick
** TeamPet: Baxter
* FreezeFrameBonus: Adam Scott and Jon Hamm are listed as writers in the credits rolling over Ron and Veronica insulting each other.
* HilariousOuttakes: Even includes an outtake from ''Smokey and the Bandit II'', which was one of the first films to include outtakes in its closing credits.
* HumanInterestStory
* HyperspaceArsenal: "Brick, where'd you get that hand grenade?" "''[[AchievementsInIgnorance I don't know...]]''"
* ''[[IDontLikeYouAndYouDontLikeMe I HATE YOU, BUT YOU HATE ME MORE!]]''
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Ron is only enraged by Veronica insulting his hair.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: "It smells like Bigfoot's dick!"
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Ron's opinion on SportsCenter.
-->'''Ron''': "SportsCenter? That's just dumb..."
** The Alarm Clock's "manifesto" in ''Wake Up Ron Burgundy''.
--> '''Maya Rudolph''': ''Electric cars''? Man, are you high right now?
* KentBrockmanNews
* KickTheDog: Right off a bridge (though in the TV-edited version, it was Throw the Dog). He gets better, though.
* LameComeback: "Oh yeah? Well you're about to be in ... dead place."
-->"Hey. Where did you get those clothes? [[spoiler:the toilet store?"]]
* LargeHam: Most of the news team, but everything that comes out of Ron's mouth would qualify.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: In-universe example with Ron Burgundy himself: "I love scotch. Scotchy-scotch-scotch."
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: When Luke Wilson's anchorman gets his arm chopped off by Tim Robbins -- "Oh, man! I did NOT see that coming!"
** Later [[spoiler: when the other arm is bitten off by a bear]] -- "Oh, this is ri-goddamn-diculous!"
* MaleGaze: The entire Newsteam has some intense PerverseSexualLust for Veronica. Just to drive the point home, about half of her early scenes involve the guys gushing about her shapely butt.
* MenstrualMenace: Brick's remark that women on the news team will attract bears when they're on their periods is exaggerated by the rest of the news team to suggest they're all being put at risk of a bear attack no matter where they are.
* NakedApron: Veronica wears one in Ron's fantasy.
* {{Narrator}}: Real-life anchorman Bill Curtis doing the opening and closing narration. Most people know him from A&E crime-show narration ("the Menendez brothers..."), but for anybody who grew up watching him on CBS 2-WBBM in Chicago, this was a special treat
* NoodleIncident:
--> "Put down the gun, and let the marching band go. We'll play it off as a prank."
** Also, why Brick's charity golf game won't be repeated.
--> "Too many people died last year."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Many of the characters are based on real San Diego newscasters that were well known to locals back in the 70's.
** Though Ron Burgundy himself is allegedly based on a Santa Barbara anchor.
*** Burgundy himself, at least in appearance, is an almost perfect {{Expy}} of long-time San Diego anchor Paul Bloom ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHlvmmho0P4 see this clip from 1980]]). Unlike Ron, however, Paul Bloom is known throughout the community for his selfless promotion of charitable causes (particularly the unemployed and homeless).
** And one character is apparently based on Peter Mansbridge, the anchor of {{CBC}}'s ''The National''.
* PornStache: Several (there's two in the poster alone). Ben Stiller, for one. Also, Danny Trejo.
* RagingStiffie: "Don't act like you're not impressed."
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Mildly played with at the end with [[spoiler:Wes Mantooth.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Competition between local news teams is cranked UpToEleven.
* SceneryPorn: filmed on location in San Diego. Wide shots actually make use of period stock footage!
* TheSeventies in full effect.
* SexEqualsLove: The aftermath of the [[DisneyAcidSequence trippy]] "Pleasure Town" sequence
* ShirtlessScene: It's time to get your tickets to the ''gun show.''
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: "Stay Classy, San Diego"
* SmallNameBigEgo: Ron, in the larger scheme of things.
* SmokingHotSex
* TakeThat: During the [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue "where are they now" narration]] near the end of the movie, the narrator states that [[CloudCuckooLander Brick]] [[TooDumbToLive Tamland]] become "one of the top political advisors to the [[GeorgeWBush Bush White House]]".
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Ron [[RunningGag repeatedly]] yells which emotion he is feeling, with great emphasis.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "Como están, bitches?"
* TransparentCloset: Champ Kind
--> "I miss your scent, Ron, your musk..."
** He's later fired from his job as an [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball NFL]] commentator for sexually harassing Terry Bradshaw.
* TruthInTelevision: Local TV news in San Diego does love a good baby panda story. It helps the realism that the San Diego Zoo is one of the few zoos outside of China that houses giant pandas.
* UnusualEuphemism: Pretty much every single one in the film.
-->'''Ron''': Knights of Columbus, that hurt!
* VolleyingInsults: Ron and Veronica in the news room before it gets physical.
-->'''Ron''': "You are a smelly pirate hooker. Why don't you go back to your home on Whore Island?!"
* WorldOfHam: It would be easier to list the lines that aren't hammy.
* YeahShot
* YetAnotherBabyPanda: The birth of a baby panda is considered the news story of the decade.
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->"''He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr, and suits ''so fine'' they made [[FrankSinatra Sinatra]] look like a hobo. In other words, Ron Burgundy was the balls."''

''Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy'' is a 2004 comedy starring WillFerrell.

It is TheSeventies, the age of strange haircuts, polyester, wide lapels, and swinging bachelors. Ron Burgundy is the top anchor of the #1 news program in San Diego, and respected throughout the city. He is somewhat demanding.

One day, due to a lack of diversity, the nebbish who runs the station hires a new female co-anchor, Veronica Corningstone. Burgundy (like most males in the film) is sexist, and so it's near-hatred at first sight. It doesn't help that the gorgeous lady wants to be a serious newscaster, but is assigned stories about cat fashion shows.

What evolves is a SlapSlapKiss situation -- Burgundy falls for Veronica, and she for him, and they try to make things work even while the news is still happening.

Oh, and there is ''lots'' of 1970s-style decadence.

A straight-to-DVD movie was made with various outtakes, unused plot concepts, and clips from the final movie called ''Wake Up, Ron Burgundy''. The plot concerns a radical team of bank robbers being investigated by the Action 4 team. They refer to themselves as "The Alarm Clock", seeking to "wake up" San Diego.[[hottip:*:Though to what end is unclear...even to them.]] The companion movie was packaged with the original as a special gift.

Eight years after its release, Will Ferrel showed up in character on ''Conan'' to play some jazz flute....oh, and also to announce they were finally making a sequel.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AffectionateParody: The two encounters between the news teams send up ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
** With ''{{Spartacus}}'' and ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' thrown in for good measure.
* AgreeToDisagree
* AllStarCast: This FratPack movie had nearly all the members (save Owen Wilson) playing a role.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Champ
* {{Angrish}}: After [[spoiler: Baxter is punted off a bridge.]]
-->'''Ron''': The man punted....AAAARGH...NAAGH, GRAAAAGH...
-->'''Brian''': Ron? Ron?, you're not making sense, where are you?
-->'''Ron''': AAAAAARGH, QAPLAAAAARGH...I'm in a glass cage of emotion! [actually a phone box]
* AvengersAssemble: "News team... ASSEMBLE!" They've actually been standing behind him playing pool the whole time.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Ron''': I don't know how to put this, but... I'm kind of a big deal. People know me. I'm very important. I own many leather-bound books, and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.
** The meeting of the News Teams a la ''WestSideStory'' is a treasure trove of this:
-->'''Spanish Language Anchor''': ''Como estas'', bitches! Spanish Language News is here. Tonight's top story: The sewers run red...with Burgundy's blood!
** Topped only by:
-->'''Public News Anchor''': [[LargeHam HOLD IT RIGHT THERE, YOU INGRATES!]] Public news team is taking a break from its pledge drive to kick some ass. NO COMMERCIALS, NO MERCYYYYYYYYYYY!
* BeardOfSorrow: Ron grows one after [[spoiler:he gets fired.]]
* BerserkButton: Insulting Ron's hair.
** Don't talk about Wes's mother, she's a saint!
* BigDamnHeroes: Played with. Ron attempts this, utterly failing ("I immediately regret this decision!"), the rest of the news team does pretty well, but it's [[spoiler:Baxter]] who saves the day.
* BigNo: Ron, [[spoiler:after the biker punts Baxter off the bridge]]. One of the deleted scenes on the DVD has this taken UpToEleven.
[[spoiler:After Ron gets fired]] Veronica lets two or three out as Ron is dragged away.
* BilingualBonus: The restaurant the women go to is "Escupimos en su Alimento" (Spanish for "we spit in your food")
* BloodyHilarious: [[spoiler:Channel 2's news anchor losing both arms.]]
* BottledCool: Sex Panther by Odeon, which is illegal in nine countries. It's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good. [[spoiler:It also smells like Bigfoot's dick and has a tendency to set off the fire alarm, leading to its user getting jet-hosed.]]
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: Ron and Baxter are both shown sleeping with headgear on early in the film.
* BrickJoke: When we first see Baxter, Ron responds to some of his barking by telling him he doesn't understand Spanish and to say it in English. Later, when he and Veronica are in the throes of passion, she says something in Spanish—which leads Baxter to suddenly bark.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Brick is an extremely competent weatherman...but is completely out to lunch otherwise.
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:A deleted scene reveals that Ron and Wes Mantooth are half-brothers.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Wes Mantooth:''']] I hate you Ron Burgundy! ''I hate you.''
* ChewBubblegum: This great quote by Veronica.
-->'''Corningstone:''' Because I am good at three things: Fighting, screwing, and reading the news. I've already done one of those today, so what's the other one gonna be? Huh?
* CloudCuckoolander: Brick
* ClusterFBomb: In the uncut version, following Ron's exile from Action 4.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Brick: "I would like to extend to you an invitation to the pants party."
** This little gem:
-->'''Veronica''': I'm good at three things: fighting, screwing, and reading the news. I've already done one of those today, so what's the other one gonna be? Huh?
-->'''Ed (hopefully)''': Uh...screwing?
* CriticalResearchFailure: In-universe, Ron's brief summary of the history of San Diego.
-->'''Ron''': Discovered by the Germans in...1904. They named it "Sandiaago". Which, of course, in German means "a whale's vagina".
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Brick's statement that women's periods attract bears sounds like another one of his bizarre comments, [[ChekhovsGun but it turns out to be important in the climax]].
* CueCard: This is a plot point, Ron Burgundy relies on teleprompters to do the news.
** In ''Wake Up Ron Burgundy'' he's forced to deliver a message on TV by The Alarm Clock without cue cards or a teleprompter, and is reduced to blurting out pure word salad. He can't even remember his own name.
* DeletedScene: So many that they were able to make a whole other movie out of them.
* DidISayThatOutLoud: "VERONICA CORNINGSTONE AND I HAD SEX, AND WE ARE IN LOVE!"
* DisneyAcidSequence: The Pleasure Town sequence:
-->'''Ron:''' Look! It's the most glorious rainbow ever!
-->'''Veronica:''' Do me on it!
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[JackBlack The biker]] who's accidentally pelted by Ron's burrito [[spoiler: [[KickTheDog punts Ron's dog off a bridge]]. He does get better.]]
* TheDitz: Brick
-->I ate a lava lamp. It wasn't lava.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: In ''Wake Up Ron Burgundy'', Champ declares his love for Ron whilst the news team is in the car. Extreme awkwardness ensues as Ron and Brian concentrate ''very hard'' on ignoring him.
* EpicHail: Subverted, in that they were in the same building the whole time.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: This little exchange:
-->'''Champ Kind:''' I will smash your face into a car windshield, and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and ''never call her again!''
-->'''Wes Mantooth:''' Dorothy Mantooth is a ''saint!'' You understand me? Dorothy Mantooth is a ''saint!''
-->'''Ron Burgundy:''' Hey, let's leave the mothers out of this.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Every anchorman apparently keeps weapons on their person, at all times.
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: ''They can smell menstruation.''
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Ron
** TheLancer: Brian
** TheBigGuy: Champ
** TheSmartGuy[=/=]TheSixthRanger: Veronica
** TheChick: Brick
** TeamPet: Baxter
* FreezeFrameBonus: Adam Scott and Jon Hamm are listed as writers in the credits rolling over Ron and Veronica insulting each other.
* HilariousOuttakes: Even includes an outtake from ''Smokey and the Bandit II'', which was one of the first films to include outtakes in its closing credits.
* HumanInterestStory
* HyperspaceArsenal: "Brick, where'd you get that hand grenade?" "''[[AchievementsInIgnorance I don't know...]]''"
* ''[[IDontLikeYouAndYouDontLikeMe I HATE YOU, BUT YOU HATE ME MORE!]]''
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Ron is only enraged by Veronica insulting his hair.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: "It smells like Bigfoot's dick!"
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Ron's opinion on SportsCenter.
-->'''Ron''': "SportsCenter? That's just dumb..."
** The Alarm Clock's "manifesto" in ''Wake Up Ron Burgundy''.
--> '''Maya Rudolph''': ''Electric cars''? Man, are you high right now?
* KentBrockmanNews
* KickTheDog: Right off a bridge (though in the TV-edited version, it was Throw the Dog). He gets better, though.
* LameComeback: "Oh yeah? Well you're about to be in ... dead place."
-->"Hey. Where did you get those clothes? [[spoiler:the toilet store?"]]
* LargeHam: Most of the news team, but everything that comes out of Ron's mouth would qualify.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: In-universe example with Ron Burgundy himself: "I love scotch. Scotchy-scotch-scotch."
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: When Luke Wilson's anchorman gets his arm chopped off by Tim Robbins -- "Oh, man! I did NOT see that coming!"
** Later [[spoiler: when the other arm is bitten off by a bear]] -- "Oh, this is ri-goddamn-diculous!"
* MaleGaze: The entire Newsteam has some intense PerverseSexualLust for Veronica. Just to drive the point home, about half of her early scenes involve the guys gushing about her shapely butt.
* MenstrualMenace: Brick's remark that women on the news team will attract bears when they're on their periods is exaggerated by the rest of the news team to suggest they're all being put at risk of a bear attack no matter where they are.
* NakedApron: Veronica wears one in Ron's fantasy.
* {{Narrator}}: Real-life anchorman Bill Curtis doing the opening and closing narration. Most people know him from A&E crime-show narration ("the Menendez brothers..."), but for anybody who grew up watching him on CBS 2-WBBM in Chicago, this was a special treat
* NoodleIncident:
--> "Put down the gun, and let the marching band go. We'll play it off as a prank."
** Also, why Brick's charity golf game won't be repeated.
--> "Too many people died last year."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Many of the characters are based on real San Diego newscasters that were well known to locals back in the 70's.
** Though Ron Burgundy himself is allegedly based on a Santa Barbara anchor.
*** Burgundy himself, at least in appearance, is an almost perfect {{Expy}} of long-time San Diego anchor Paul Bloom ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHlvmmho0P4 see this clip from 1980]]). Unlike Ron, however, Paul Bloom is known throughout the community for his selfless promotion of charitable causes (particularly the unemployed and homeless).
** And one character is apparently based on Peter Mansbridge, the anchor of {{CBC}}'s ''The National''.
* PornStache: Several (there's two in the poster alone). Ben Stiller, for one. Also, Danny Trejo.
* RagingStiffie: "Don't act like you're not impressed."
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Mildly played with at the end with [[spoiler:Wes Mantooth.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Competition between local news teams is cranked UpToEleven.
* SceneryPorn: filmed on location in San Diego. Wide shots actually make use of period stock footage!
* TheSeventies in full effect.
* SexEqualsLove: The aftermath of the [[DisneyAcidSequence trippy]] "Pleasure Town" sequence
* ShirtlessScene: It's time to get your tickets to the ''gun show.''
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: "Stay Classy, San Diego"
* SmallNameBigEgo: Ron, in the larger scheme of things.
* SmokingHotSex
* TakeThat: During the [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue "where are they now" narration]] near the end of the movie, the narrator states that [[CloudCuckooLander Brick]] [[TooDumbToLive Tamland]] become "one of the top political advisors to the [[GeorgeWBush Bush White House]]".
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Ron [[RunningGag repeatedly]] yells which emotion he is feeling, with great emphasis.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: "Como están, bitches?"
* TransparentCloset: Champ Kind
--> "I miss your scent, Ron, your musk..."
** He's later fired from his job as an [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball NFL]] commentator for sexually harassing Terry Bradshaw.
* TruthInTelevision: Local TV news in San Diego does love a good baby panda story. It helps the realism that the San Diego Zoo is one of the few zoos outside of China that houses giant pandas.
* UnusualEuphemism: Pretty much every single one in the film.
-->'''Ron''': Knights of Columbus, that hurt!
* VolleyingInsults: Ron and Veronica in the news room before it gets physical.
-->'''Ron''': "You are a smelly pirate hooker. Why don't you go back to your home on Whore Island?!"
* WorldOfHam: It would be easier to list the lines that aren't hammy.
* YeahShot
* YetAnotherBabyPanda: The birth of a baby panda is considered the news story of the decade.
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-->"Hey. Where did you get those clothes? [[spoiler:the toilet store?"

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-->"Hey. Where did you get those clothes? [[spoiler:the toilet store?"store?"]]
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[[spoiler:After Ron gets fired]] Veronica lets two or three out as Ron is dragged away.
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* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Ron [[RunningGag repeated]] yells which emotion he is feeling, with great emphasis.

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* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Ron [[RunningGag repeated]] repeatedly]] yells which emotion he is feeling, with great emphasis.
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