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'Anchorman 2' review: Electric Burgaloo

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Directed by: Adam McKay

Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate, Greg Kinnear, David Koechner, and James Marsden

The Plot: When his wife (Christina Applegate) gets the chair of a major network news slot, Ron Burgundy's (Will Ferrell) life spins crazily out of control. Separated from his family, and set adrift in the hustle and bustle of circa 1980 San Diego, he ends up drafted into anchoring the graveyard shift of a prototype news broadcast, a network willing to run news 24 hours a day, even if there isn't any news to run. Gathering the original Channel 4 News Team under his wing, he's off for a new adventure in The Big Apple

The Film: 'Tis the season for Oscar pandering. Which means a surge of serious film has flooded the box office. Bright films. Big films. Small films. Dim Films. Every last one of them moody and heavy. If the movie business has a menstrual cycle, surely it runs ruddy during these last eight weeks of every year. A time of year notorious for epic snowstorms, frozen pipes, parking lot battles, midnight retail riots, and whole credit card accounts collapsing under the weight of too much spending...

I think we all might need to take a little break right about now. I think we all might need to see something we can immediately love and latch onto. Something easy. Something stupid. Something like a Ron Burgundy sequel.

I would have loved to avoided Anchorman 2 - not because I didn't care to see it, (I'm a Burgundy buff) but because writing reviews for comedies feels like an act of severe optimism that you'll actually get it right. While writing reviews for cult comedies...? That's pretty much a kamikaze run.

The people make the cult comedy cult.

The media has next to no business sticking their fat heads in to critically analyze films like This Is Spinal Tap, Dumb and Dumber, The Big Lebowski, Zoolander, or the original Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. These are public treasures, not choreographed figure skating routines. There shouldn't be a handful of judges, ancient and grim, holding up score cards during the film credits.

If I told you that Ron Burgundy moves to New York City and basically creates the 24 hour cable news format we're all stricken with in 2013, would it dissuade you from seeing the film?

If I told you that Burgundy plays wet nurse to a baby great white shark, and raises it until adult, killing-machine stage, would that encourage you to see Anchorman 2?

If I told you that the Channel 4 news team not only appears on Soul Train in this movie, but has a rumble in Central Park with other worldwide news organizations - including a minotaur - that must be experienced full-on to be believed, would that help you make up your mind if you're going to go see Anchorman 2 this week?

Hell no. You're going anyway.

And more power to you, brave soldier of the overloaded parking lot and midnight berserker of the Black Friday sale. You deserve a little Burgundy this week. So grab hold of it and hang on, and have yourself a ball.

The Verdict: This isn't rocket science. This is a Burgundy picture. It's a cheap buzz, but as any honest drunk will tell you, a buzz is still a buzz. I laughed my ass off at the screening last night.


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