Name of Film: ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
Release Date: December 18, 2013
Starring: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate
Director: Adam McKay
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Newsman With Embarrassing Facial Hair Stays Classy
Recommendation: 3 out of 5 Whale’s Vaginas
We interrupt this regularly-scheduled review to tell you that Christmas comes a week early this year, for obsessive fanboys and fangirls of San Diego’s most distinguished and nutcase newsman. That’s right, Ron Burgundy returns! And he’s just as outrageous and freakin’ classy as the first time, in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the heavily anticipated sick-and-silly sequel to the 2004 Will Ferrell comedy hit.
In this installment, the 1970s have been left behind for San Diego’s Channel 4 News Team. It’s the 80s now, and the news is all about three things: ratings, profits, and chemically-treated hair. Ron and his wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) have hit rock bottom. The newsman’s goofy buds, weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man-on-the-street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and the sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) have all lost their swagger. Until, that is, the world’s first 24-hour news channel appears on the horizon, and the gang’s recruited to take their loony-toons news desks from sunny SD to the Big Apple.
As in the first Anchorman, transporting us back in time, Anchorman 2 drops us into a cockeyed world that is drenched and dripping with pop-culture references, and contains lecherous laughs and sick sex fantasies and screams all the way through. Anchorman 2 also features deliciously jaw-dropping cameos by Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Liam Neeson, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Will there be an Anchorman 3? You better bet your whale’s vagina there will be!