Review: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

Review: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Paul Rudd is Brian Fantana, Will Ferrell is Ron Burgundy, David Koechner is Champ Kind and Steve Carell is Brick Tamland in a scene from "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Gemma LaMana)

I don't know if it was the mustache or the hair... maybe those awesome suits, but Ron Burgundy seemed destined for national greatness.
    
The whole news team is back together and ready for their next adventure -- 24-hour cable news -- in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

We pick up our hero and his lady love eight years later. Burgurdy and Veronica Corningstone are married, but they've left San Diego behind for anchor jobs in the Big Apple. Just when they think they're destined for greatness, Ron is fired and Veronica is promoted to the big anchor chair. This causes a rift between our fearless couple, but sets the stage for Ron's next and bigger offer on the table; 24-hour news.

So Ron gets the whole team back together: Champ, Brian and Brick, and they head cross country in Ron's "Winnie" to begin work at the first 24-hour news channel, G-N-N. There are lots of laughs as the team navigates these new news waters, and a lot of outrageous moments, too. Including Ron's first meeting with his new boss, a female African American, Linda Jackson (Meagan Good). What could be worse for this mixed up misogynist?

Will Ron survive? Will the team stick together and win ratings? I'm not going to spoil it, because there are just so many details.

If you've missed Mr. Burgundy and company, they are back in fine form here, even Baxter the dog. The one liners fly like notes from Ron's jazz flute. Sadly we only get a brief vision of that.
      
The movie is funny, it's very dirty, and I have one problem with it. It was too serious at one point and that dragged the whole movie down, making it feel much longer.
      
Not that I'm partial to weather people or anything (part of my real job), but the real scene-stealer is Steve Carell as Brick Tamland. Particularly funny, his St. Patrick's Day weather report at the Chroma key wall. Kristen Wiig plays his newfound girlfriend, Chani, and the two of them tear up the screen with their idiotic performances.
      
There's another cavalcade of stars here, but you have to wait for the massive brawl, it's worth it though. Read the cast list on IMDB if you can't wait.
      
For us newsies "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" has special inside baseball moments, for those outside the biz, still some good quotable material. It's rated "PG-13" and not recommended for the younger set with it's more "adult" jokes. See a matinee and you'll be talking about the film the rest of the day!

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