Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues

Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues

Adam McKay (2013)

117min
15 Certificate
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Review

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Nearly a decade after Will Ferrell created newsman Ron Burgundy in Anchorman, he continues the legend with this rib-tickling tale of the mustachioed misogynist's pioneering work in 24-hour news. Estranged from wife (and news rival) Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Ron is thrust into the arms of a New York network exec (Meagan Good) and her fledgeling rolling news channel. As ever, Ferrell (who again co-wrote the script with director Adam McKay) delights in flouting political correctness. For the most part, Ron's bouts of verbal diarrhoea are still eccentrically florid and there's great banter with old cohorts Brian Fantana (a strutting Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and witless weatherman Brick Tamland (a goggle-eyed Steve Carell). But a romantic subplot that pairs Carell and Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig is less sparkling, and towards the end a drift into Free Willy territory (with a shark, not a whale) threatens to drag the film under. Ferrell's penchant for silliness is at its best earlier in the movie through the satirical swipes at the dumbing-down of TV news. It's here that, even if Burgundy has lost a bit of his shock value, the craziness still feels scathingly current.

Summary

Arrogant newsreader Ron Burgundy's career is rescued from a drunken slump by an executive for a new 24-hour news channel. Reassembling his team of sidekicks, he swiftly rises from the network's graveyard to become its biggest star with a run of ludicrously sensationalist broadcasts. Comedy sequel, starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.

Cast & Crew

Ron Burgundy Will Ferrell
Veronica Corningstone Christina Applegate
Brian Fantana Paul Rudd
Brick Tamland Steve Carell
Freddie Shapp Dylan Baker
Jack Lime James Marsden
Linda Jackson Meagan Good
Chani Lastname Kristen Wiig
Director Adam McKay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Swearing, sexual references, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Dec 2013
Comedy