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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


Yesterday, Dec. 18 marked the much anticipated release of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." This sequel to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" is one that, much like the original, has a lot of random humor that may be an acquired taste for some.

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One of the things that hooked "Anchorman" fans to this sequel was the return of so many actors reprising their roles as characters such as Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell- "Old School", "Stranger Than Fiction"), Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate- "The Sweetest Thing", "Up All Night"), and Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd- "Role Models", "I Love You Man"). Nearly ten years later, all of the primary cast seen in "Anchorman" reunited for the sequel. But like so much of the film, the cast was a carbon copy from the original, infused with more hilarity and taken a step further. New cast members such as Kristen Wiig ("Bridesmaids", "Saturday Night Live"), Meagan Good ("Think Like a Man", "Stomp the Yard"), and James Marsden ("Enchanted", "X-Men") contribute to the already impressive cast, adding elements of romance and race infused into the mix.

Besides the cast, the plot structure itself is a lot like the first "Anchorman" movie. The story itself takes place in the next decade where Ron and Veronica are married with a son, and they face new challenges as promotions and the changing times challenge their marriage. There are new adventures and adversaries this time around, but the basic structure of the plot progressive is exactly the same with some altered and added moments slipped in for an increased dose of lunacy.

This lunacy is one that might otherwise be called random or stupid humor that keeps very much with the sense of humor found in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." While fans of "Anchorman", Judd Appatow, and Will Ferrell may be on board the crazy train, this humor is definitely an acquired taste that is not for everybody. But for those who can enjoy this kind of humor, this is a case where the sequel not only delivers, but gives the audience even more.

One element of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" that anyone can enjoy, regardless of their sense of humor, is the number of cameos. The audience is taken to cameo heaven as actor after actor appears unexpectedly, exciting viewers regardless of their opinion of the rest of the film.

So while "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" calls for a sense of humor not found in everyone, it provides fans with all the Baxter-loving, Sex-Panther-wearing, hair-coiffing ridiculosity they love and expect. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" is out in theaters now. For more information, visit


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