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Ben Pearson: The Channel 4 News Team in Anchorman

“News team, assemble!”

I didn’t care much for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy when I first saw it. At the time, I was much more interested in 2004’s other big summer comedy, Dodgeball. But after a second viewing, I was totally hooked and it became one of my favorite comedies of all time. The premise is just about perfect, and the film takes some delightfully weird turns (remember how this movie ends with a scene in a bear pit?), but the heart and soul of the film is found in the Channel 4 News Team: anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), reporter in the field Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner), and weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell).

I won’t try to make the case that these guys are anything more than just a collection of gimmicks (“Whammy!”) and schtick (whatever the heck Brick is doing at any given moment), but there’s something undeniable about their chemistry that just makes me want to spend time with these would-be Lothario morons. We get precious few scenes of the team actually doing their jobs well, so most of their teamwork occurs outside the newsroom, and it just so happens that their team-building exercises include things like spontaneously breaking into song, getting hammered at pool parties, and getting into a massive brawl with every other news team in town. And even when it seems that they’ve split apart forever, all it takes is a quick blow on a conch shell to bring them back together again.

Vanessa Bogart: The Kids in The Sandlot

Aa lost treasure, a vicious beast, a group of unlikely heroes, and baseball. If “You’re killing me, Smalls!” isn’t part of your regular vernacular, we are probably not friends. I only say this because I have literally never met anyone who hasn’t seen The Sandlot. The boys of the Sandlot made up the greatest baseball line-up that ever lived…on screen, at lest. Their leader, Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez (Mike Vitar), is probably the coolest, sweetest, most wonderfully perfect boy that ever lived. However, I will always have a special place in my heart for Squints and his over the top annunciations. Every boy was different, but none of that mattered on the Sandlot.

When newcomer Smalls, still trying to prove himself with the other boys, steals his stepdad’s Babe Ruth autographed baseball in a desperate attempt to save the summer day from boredom and keep their never-ending baseball game going, he inadvertently sets in motion the largest crisis situation anyone on the team has ever faced. After hitting a homer over the fence into the very off-limits, very scary junkyard property of the mysterious old man and his evil beast (his large doggo), Smalls has to come clean about the origin of the baseball. Once the team learns that the ball was signed by none other than their idol the Great Bambino, they stop at nothing to get it back, understanding that the loss of this ball means certain death for their new friend.

It may seem like a silly task, getting a baseball from a yard with a dog, but these boys truly believe that the dog and his owner mean to kill them if they set foot on the property. So through team work, innovation, a lot of determination, and a very clever vacuum contraption, the misfit boys of the Sandlot risk life and limb to get the ball back from the clutches of the beast. It is the kind of “follow you into the pits of hell” loyalty that people search their whole lives for.

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