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‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ movie review: Still keeping it classy

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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It is now 1980 in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," and network president, Mack Harken (Harrison Ford), is stepping down, selecting Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) as his successor and firing Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell). An envious Burgundy demands that his wife turn down the proposal and that they leave the company together. The forceful and irrational request, however, does not sit well with Veronica, causing the two to part ways.

After many months of not staying very classy, luck finally crosses Burgundy’s path when a representative (Dylan Baker) from GNN, a new network that plans to broadcast news 24 hours a day, offers him a job. The idea of 24 hour news seems a little farfetched to Burgundy, but his options are limited, so he assembles his news team and best friends – Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and Champ Kind (David Koechner). Together, our favorite newsmen hilariously transform the news into what we all know today.

Upon arriving to their new network, the San Diego pals butcher and mock everything journalism stands for, causing roars of laughter from the audiences. Burgundy comes up with the brilliant idea that instead of news being about what people need to know, it should be about what people want to hear. What is that? Well, look around. Kittens, puppies, propaganda, car chases, and America being the best country in the world, of course.

It won’t be as easy as Burgundy thinks though. Some of the team’s challenges include their graveyard shift, a new rival, and the possibility of losing his family.

“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” was already a comedy masterpiece, and a popular tragedy in comedies is following a great movie with a sequel. Could an “Anchorman” sequel be better or even match the original? Yes, and in my opinion, it’s even better, doubling the laughs.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is two hours of everything from unbelievable events to pure fantasy a’la “Anchorman” style, crossing the line of absurdity in the best way. One of my favorite scenes is one that fans recall from the first installment – the Battle of the Network’s war. The clique find themselves in the same scenario, but the sequel recycles and pumps up the famous scene by adding as many celebrity cameos as they could. Including Kanye, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kirsten Dunst, Tina Fey, Jim Carrey, and more.

Randomness is what fans love about this franchise. They know that events in “Anchorman 2” will never make any sense or come with a logical explanation, that’s what makes it so fun. And with a 75% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, critics agree.

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is now in theaters. It runs for 2 hours, and is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence.

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