Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Opens tomorrow, December 18, 2013 
1 hr 59 min
PG-13 | Crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence

If you get a sense of deja vu watching Anchorman 2, then you're not alone.  If you like the first one you may enjoy this.  But if you hated the first, then you would definitely hate the sequel.  From Baxter saving the day, to blurting out uncontrollably, the dysfunctional un-politically correct gang of anchors are back but in New York City.

There's some semblance of a story here, as Ron Burgundy's (Will Ferrell) better half Veronica (Christina Applegate) gets promoted to prime time, tension rises.  Out of jealousy, he splits with her, hitting a low note at Sea World before being recruited by a new 24 hours news network starting up.  He brings back the old gang who has gone their own ways.  From Brick who was believed dead, to Champ who passes Fried Bats as Fried Chicken.  Yes, it's absurd and only gets absurder.

The film does have its moments as some jokes never gets old.  Will Ferrell is at the top of his game along with his cast mates.  One of the things I have always enjoyed about him is the way he delivers his lines so beautifully instead of the stiff Vince Vaughn who also is back for this film for a cameo.  Christina's talent is a bit of a waste in this film compared to the first one.  But in her place, Meagan Good as Linda Jackson takes up the slack as the do no mess with woman.  As well, it is also cool to see all those celebrities doing a cameo in the news anchorman battle royal in the park.

Overall, I would not recommend paying full price for this film.  While it is enjoyable, if you've seen the first one, you're not missing much if you skip the second film.  Some of the sub plots are just incredibly pointless.  From his detached retina to the love interest between Steve Carell's character and Kristen Wiig's.  Steve's character's Brick is the Jar Jar Binks of Anchorman 2.  He tries too hard to be that person that is just always on way way left field when the team is already on the bench like Zach Galifianakis's Alan in Hangover.  But Brick compared to Alan just pales in comparison.
Rating: 3.0 Stars out 5.0 Stars


  • Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy
  • Steve Carell as Brick Tamland
  • Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana
  • David Koechner as Champ Kind
  • Christina Applegate as Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy
  • Luke Wilson as Frank Vitchard
  • Vince Vaughn as Wes Mantooth
  • Fred Willard as Edward "Ed" Harken, the news director of KVWN.
  • Chris Parnell as Garth Holliday
  • Kristen Wiig as Chani, Brick's Lover
  • James Marsden as Jack Lime
  • Meagan Good as Linda Jackson
  • Harrison Ford as Mack Harken

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