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Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues

  • Comedy
  • 2013
  • Adam McKay
  • 117 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy sequel starring Will Ferrell and Steve Carell. After a disastrous move to New York in which he became estranged from his co-anchor wife and was fired from his job, anchorman Ron Burgundy is hired by a ruthless network executive to work the graveyard shift on the world's first 24-hour rolling news channel.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Nearly a decade after Will Ferrell created newsman Ron Burgundy in Anchorman, he continues the legend with this rib-tickling tale of the moustachioed 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Ron BurgundyWill Ferrell
Brick TamlandSteve Carell
Brian FantanaPaul Rudd
Champ KindDavid Koechner
Veronica CorningstoneChristina Applegate
Linda JacksonMeagan Good
Jack LimeJames Marsden
Chani LastnameKristen Wiig
Mack HarkenHarrison Ford
GaryGreg Kinnear
Wes MantoothVince Vaughn

Crew

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DirectorAdam McKay

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2013-12-13
Guidance
Swearing, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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