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Movie review: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” is easily one of the better comedic films of the last decade: stupid, but not so stupid that it wasn’t funny. In fact, it was very funny. The sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” has been a long time coming, and while fans of the first film will likely still enjoy it and it does have a lot of laughs, the second half of the movie incomprehensibly goes too far over the top.

Directed by Adam McKay, “Anchorman 2” opens several years after the first film. Newscaster Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is married to fellow anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) and they have a young son named Walter (Judah Nelson). Life seems to be going well for them, until Veronica is given a big job as a nightly newscaster while Ron is fired. This turn of events leaves Ron lost for a while, until he is approached by Freddie Shap (Dylan Baker) who hires him to be a newscaster for a new 24 hour news network, GNN. Ron gets his old team back together, including Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) to tackle New York and change the face of news. But will they go too far? Of course they do.

Expect lots of jokes about race in this film. One of the main characters, Ron’s new boss Linda Jackson (Meagan Good) is a powerful late 1970s black woman. You can also expect a lot of stupidity from, besides Ron, Brick and his love interest, the equally strange Chani (Kristen Wiig). I can’t lie and say it isn’t all funny because it definitely is, although at times the jokes are overused or run too long. And then there are the cliches like the “getting the gang back together” scenes toward the beginning as Ron hunts down his former news team.

The first half of the movie definitely resembles the first movie more than the second half, which goes from stupid humor to completely over-the-top and unrealistic. A small sampling of these scenes includes a shark and a battle between the different news stations, in which so many fun cameos are pulled out one after the other that almost makes up for the fact that the scene itself makes no sense. The story takes the ridiculousness too far and lacks the quality the first film had because of it.

Having said that, this is a comedy, and if you want some laughs you will definitely get some here. “Anchorman 2” is a fun, light-hearted romp through a nonsensical world, but it probably won’t resonate with audiences the way the first film did.

Runtime: 119 minutes. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence.

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