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Will Ferrell interview

6 Nov 2009

Land of the Lost star talk us through time

With the DVD release of Land of the Lost imminent, Will Ferrell explains his role in this fast-paced, action adventure comedy.

Anchorman sequel announced by Will Ferrell

29 Mar 2012

The actor appeared in character on US talk show Conan O'Brien to reveal the plans

‘Mr Burgundy, we would be honoured if you will play some “yazz” flute for us one more time.’ That’s right, Ron Burgundy is due to hit our screens once more. Will Ferrell appeared in character as the moustachioed, suited and booted newsman on US talk…

Ferrell cameo role goes for £23,000

28 Sep 2007

A cameo role in Will Ferrell’s new movie Step Brothers, which was auctioned for charity, has been landed by a 10-year-old boy after his father paid £23,300 for the part. The bidder, who did not want to be named, said the auction was important to him…

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

  • 3 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 2h 3min
  • 12
  • Directed by: David Dobkin
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, Demi Lovato, Graham Norton
  • UK release: 26 June 2020

Aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity to represent Iceland at Eurovision.

Downhill

  • 3 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 1h 30min
  • Directed by: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Miranda Otto, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • UK release: 28 February 2020

Pete (Ferrell) and Billie (Louis-Dreyfus) are a couple whose marriage is tested when, on holiday in Austria, he flees from what he thinks is a deadly avalanche rather than protect his family. Inspired by Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure, it’s more mainstream and accessible but also broader, less sharp and less confident.

Holmes & Watson

  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Etan Cohen
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Ralph Fiennes, Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald
  • UK release: 26 December 2018

Another take on the detective duo, this time starring Will Ferrell and John C Reilly.

Daddy's Home 2

  • 1 star
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sean Anders
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson
  • UK release: 22 November 2017

Dusty (Wahlberg) and Brad (Ferrell) are now best of friends, but have to spend their holidays with their respective fathers (Lithgow and Gibson). A leaden-footed screenplay disgraces and humiliates everyone on screen, celebrating toxic masculinity and portraying women as either shrill party poopers or delinquent femme…

Daddy's Home Two

  • 2017
  • 1h 40min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sean Anders
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson

Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.

The House

  • 2 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 28min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andrew Jay Cohen
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll

After losing their daughter's college fund Scott (Farrell) and Kate (Poehler) start an illegal casino in their basement. There are fleeting moments of interest in the screenplay but any such nuance is sacrificed at the altar of blunt-edged, lowest-common-denominator humour.

Zoolander 2

  • 2 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Justin Theroux
  • Written by: Justin Theroux
  • Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen
  • UK release: 12 February 2016

Derek Zoolander (Stiller) is living in the New Jersey woods as a 'hermit crab' after the collapse of his centre for 'kids who can't read good' and the death of his wife, but then he and former rival Hansel (Wilson) are drawn into a plot. Chaotic, scattershot, largely laugh-free sequel to the fondly-remembered 2001 original.

Daddy's Home

  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 1h 36min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sean Anders
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Bobby Cannavale, Hannibal Buress
  • UK release: 26 December 2015

Brad (Ferrell) lives with new wife Sarah (Cardellini) and is bonding with her kids when her unreliable ex-husband Dusty (Wahlberg) barges into the picture, wanting her back. A good premise quickly turns crass and unfunny; Cardellini is wasted in an underwritten role and a single, lazy, sexist joke is spread over 96…

Get Hard

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Etan Cohen
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie
  • UK release: 27 March 2015

Hedge fund exec James (Ferrell) is to be sent to prison for fraud, so he persuades law-abiding car wash owner Darnell (Hart) to teach him how to survive in prison, on the grounds that Darnell is black. If you can stand lots of jokes about prison rape, it's occasionally brilliant, if somewhat uneven.

The Lego Movie

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US / Australia
  • 1h 40min
  • U
  • Directed by: Phil Lord/Christopher Miller
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders
  • UK release: 8 February 2014

Emmett (Pratt), a regular Lego construction worker, finds himself acclaimed as the 'Special', who will save the Lego universe from evil Lord Business. Fast, funny, blisteringly paced and hugely inventive, it's also so layered with ironic detachment that the attempt at a sincere final act falls flat; still, good fun for…

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues … Continued

  • 2014
  • US
  • Directed by: Adam McKay
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd

Anchorman 2 but with 763 new jokes (roughly), a new musical number and not for younger ears and eyes.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adam McKay
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd
  • UK release: 18 December 2013

Sequel to the 2004 comedy about San Diego newsreaders.

The Campaign

  • 2 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jay Roach
  • Written by: Chris Henchy/Shawn Harwell
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis
  • UK release: 28 September 2012

Cam Brady (Ferrell) and Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) compete for a seat in Congress. Yet another half-assed comedy in which Ferrell plays a pompous and idiotic blowhard; good supporting performers (Sudeikis, Aykroyd, Lithgow, Cox) are squandered and only Galifianakis manages to be funny even when his lines are not.

Casa de mi Padre

  • 2 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Matt Piedmont
  • Written by: Andrew Steele
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal
  • UK release: 8 June 2012

Armando (Ferrell) is a simple-minded Mexican rancher whose life is disrupted when his brother (Luna) crosses his own ruthless drug-cartel boss Onza (Bernal). This spoof of a violent Spanish-language Western may be in Spanish but it fatally lacks jokes, despite hard work by an overqualified cast.

The Other Guys

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Adam McKay
  • Written by: Chris Henchy, Adam McKay
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, Michael Keaton, Samuel L Jackson, Dwayne Johnson

Pairing Ferrell and Wahlberg as the incompetent cop duo is a good move on director McKay's part. While it doesn't hit the mark of previous Ferrell/McKay success story (Anchorman), their chemistry works its low-brow magic to provide a sense of fun much needed in wannabe blockbusters.

Megamind

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 1h 35min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tom McGrath
  • Written by: Alan J Schoolcraft, Brent Simons
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, Brad Pitt

Hot on the heels of Despicable Me comes another animated antihero caper posing the novel question of what would happen if the baddie actually won? Villain Megamind (Ferrell) has vanquished his foe and is bored with ruling Metro City, so he creates a new opponent by endowing a hapless cameraman (Hill) with superpowers.

Everything Must Go

  • 2010
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Dan Rush
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Peña

When an acoholic loses his wife and his job, he decides to cleanse himself of his worldly goods. A new neighbour seems to hold the key to his salvation.

Land of the Lost

  • 1 star
  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Brad Silberling
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, Jorma Taccone

Dr Rick Marshall (Ferrell) and his research assistant Holly (Friel) are sucked into a vortex and sent back through time to an alternative universe full of crazy prehistoric creatures. Unfunny, inconsistent and very sketchy comedy based on a classic television series.

Semi-Pro

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kent Alterman
  • Written by: Scot Armstrong
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin, Maura Tierney, David Koechner, Will Arnett, Andrew Daly, Andy Richter, Ryan Marques, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh

Ferrell raises his game with this typically energetic and supremely daft 'frat pack' comedy as the leader of a flailing basketball team fighting to get into the NBA using last-ditch attempt signing Monix (Harrelson). 'Semi-pro' is most pleasing in its use of a funky 70s setting: afros, porno tashes, medallions, discos…

Step Brothers

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 1h 37min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adam McKay
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly

This sporadically funny but generally gross comedy features Brennan (Ferrel) and Dale (Reilly), two grown men who despite pushing 40 are still living at home. An unlikely twilight romance between their parents brings them together, leading the step-brothers to repel each other before teaming up to form an alliance.

Blades of Glory

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 1h 33min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
  • Cast: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, William Fichtner, Jenna Fischer, Craig T Nelson

Rival figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) must skate together, in pairs' figure skating, but will they be able to put their differences behind them? Spoof movie machine Ferrell finds another obscure sport to riff in this enjoyable piece of tomfoolery.

Hot Rod

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 1h 28min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Akiva Schaffer
  • Written by: Pam Brady, Uncredited:, Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone
  • Cast: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Danny R McBride, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane

Originally conceived as a Will Ferrell vehicle, this film focuses on 'Hot' Rod Kimble (Samberg), an amateur stuntman who attempts to win the respect of his hometown and his ill stepfather (McShane) by setting himself the foolhardy challenge of jumping over 15 buses on his moped. 'Hot Rod' doesn't exactly set its sights…