It’s been nearly 10 years since writer and director Adam McKay introduced us to funny man Will Ferrell’s narcissistic newscaster Ron Burgundy, whose buffoonery takes the newsroom by storm.
“Anchorman 2” takes place several years later (the mid-80s) with Burgundy getting fired by his hero (an amusing Harrison Ford) and his wife Veronica (Christina Applegate) being promoted. After hitting rock-bottom again, Burgundy is approached to anchor GNN, the first 24-hour news channel. He sets off on a cross-country trip to gather up his misfit news team – Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), relocating to Manhattan.
When they arrive at GNN headquarters, they immediate make enemies with news producer Linda Jackson (Meagan Good) and pretty boy anchor Jack Lime (James Marsden). Both Good and Marsden hold their own against Ferrell’s comic performance. Brick falls in love with a brainless secretary played by the very funny Kristen Wiig. Their screwball romance is one of the funniest subplots of the film.
The one great scene is the epic news team battle that comes at the end with a big cameo-filled sequence. It is both funny and so unnecessary. It may be a guilty pleasure that is more like a 2 hour comedy sketch. Ostracized from this movie is Ferrell’s news team, which helped the first film become so funny.
Loyal Anchorman fans will find this sequel outrageous, silly, and disappointing. It struggles to find its comic stature and really just ends up being mostly annoying. The story is also a little raunchier and weirder. I doubt this sequel will become a cult hit.
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence
Run Time: 1 hr. 59 min.