Zoolander (2001) ★★
As the evil Mugatu, he steals the show of this compulsively watchable but silly comedy starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. The Fashion industry is satirized as dim witted Zoolander (Stiller) pouts in every scene and freaks out at a Model Design school for the blind, thinking it is too small for children and rather for ants. Ferrell leads the way by ridiculing movie villains in his own unique and dopey eyed way, with a rather -umm- interestingly Poodle-esque hair do and Soul patch.
Old School (2003) ★★★
This is where Ferrell made everyone notice his talent for comedy. As Frank -The Tank- Richard, he made high art out of a married doofus with an unusual problem for streaking whenever under the influence of alcohol. Fraternities take center stage as he and his friends try to defeat an evil corrupt Dean who wants them and their antics out of his college. You can tell many of his Ferrell's were improvised and switched around in the last minute (a common occurrence in many of his films) & there's a natural feeling of comic relief to his work here. A movie that has gotten better with age and will surely give a chuckle or two to even the most stone cold of faces.
Elf (2003) ★★½
This is a great performance in an average movie. Here Ferrell decided to tackle an Elf sent out to New York City in order to find his true identity & his real parents. The movie starts off on a real high only to get bogged down by Christmas cliches in its last half hour or so. Here he finally became the superstar that would make him gain leading role status in some of Hollywood's biggest & brightest comedies. Elf was a money making bonanza that brought it all home for him. Best scene? Ferrell confronting a shopping mall Santa with both excitement and utter disappointment.
Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) ★★★
Complete debauchery comes to fruition in this comedy about News teams. Ferrell plays an anchorman with a low tolerance for alcohol and a high tolerance for women. 70s Mustache included and featuring an all star comedy cast (Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Frank Willard, Seth Rogan). Best scene (s)? The all star mash up and destructive battle royale of newscasters featuring some neat cameos by the Wilson's, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaugh & plenty of guts and gore. Predictable but oh so cool and awesome.
Kicking And Screaming (2005) ★★½
Just like the movies above, a barage of hit and miss jokes but who would want to miss watching Ferrell play a Soccer coaching nutjob to young elementary kids. Smoke a nice big one and laugh your ass off by just staring at Ferrell's face (small eyes + curly hair + round face =comic gold) In all seriousness, not much in the way of plot and filled with Sports movie cliches that kind of bog it down but a rather enjoyable mess.
The Wedding Crashers (2005) Movie: ★★½ Ferrell: ★★★★
Ok, I'm cheating a bit and of course he's in it for just 15 minutes but for those 15 minutes he literally makes this a worthwhile movie. As funeral crasher Chaz Reinhold, Ferrell lifts this comedy into the heavens and stamps his indelible mark on it as well. "Ma, The Meat Loaf" is a line that will forever be etched in my memory. I can't think of a funnier cameo in a very long time & truly think this is the very best thing he has done in his career. Best Scene (s)? Every one he's in.
THE most quoted Ferrell movie in my books. A satire on the speed car racing world, Talladega is like being front stage at a Lynyrd Skynyrd show with angel wings. John C Reilly and Ferrell shake it and bake it enough to show the audience they got some major chemistry going on here- so much so that they teamed up again 2 years later for Step Brothers. (See Below) Sacha Baron Cohen also contributes hilarity as a French Formula Un driver. This is known as Ferrell's best movie & -in my opinion- it kind of is.
Coming off duds like Semi Pro and Blades of Glory (remember those?), Ferrell decided to tag team again with John C Reilly as enemy Step Brothers, to catch the glory days they had in Talladega Nights. There's not much in the way of plot and this was instead a showcase for Ferrell and Reilly's comedic and improvisational talents. lower tier Ferrell.