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Weekend Movie Guide: Ferrell + Sports = Comedy?

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A shy Will Ferrell covers his shame | Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema

I'll go on the record and say that I think Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is the funniest movie in the last ten years. Will Ferrell's subsequent pictures--most of them amusing to varying degrees--have never lived up that early, brilliant standard. Semi-Pro is his latest picture and if its previews are any barometer of its quality, it looks like Ferrell has fallen short yet again. Don't get me wrong--I'm sure I'll laugh plenty, but I doubt that Jackie Moon will linger with me for very long after I've left the theater. Whither the apocryphal Anchorman 2?!

The Other Boleyn Girl may be a victim of bad timing since it explores much of the same territory as the recent Showtime series The Tudors. Eric Bana may be a step up from Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but neither Natalie Portman nor Scarlett Johansson can match the simmer of Natalie Dormer. Let's face it--Portman and Johansson struggle when they're asked to play against type (see Girl with a Pearl Earring and Goya's Ghost). An R-rating might have saved this movie (rampant nudity in the court!), but it settled for a milquetoast PG-13.