Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy
Steve Carrell as Brick Tamland
Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana
David Koechner as Champ Kind
Christina Applegate as Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy
Megan Good as Linda Jackson
James Marsden as Jack Lime
In theaters December 18
5 out of 5
Yes, the Channel 4 San Diego News Team is back for another broadcast in this follow up to the original 2004 Anchorman movie. Will Ferrell reprises his role as the enigmatic Ron Burgundy.
It is 1980, several years after the previous film, and Ron Burgundy with wife Veronica Corningstone (Applegate) are co-anchors for a national network out of New York. One day the head anchor (Ford) announces that he’s stepping down and that he needs to appoint a new network anchor. He gives the job to Veronica, making her the first female news anchor in the country. He also fires Ron due to incompetence. Ron is not happy and gives Veronica an ultimatum: The job or him. She of course chooses the job. This causes a major rift in their marriage and Ron leaves her to go back to San Diego where he pretty much hits rock bottom until he’s offered a unique opportunity. A new news network is about to go on the air—a 24-hour news network. They’re going to need reporters, so Ron goes to recruit his old news team. Brian (Rudd) and Champ (Koechner) have found new careers and Brick (Carrell), well, he thought he was dead. When Ron explains the situation, they all jump at the chance to get back on the air. When they get to New York and get briefed, they are informed that they won’t be the prime time team. That spot belongs to Jack Lime (Marsden). Ron and his crew will be covering the 2 am time slot. This leaves them with the monumental task of coming up with a way to boost their ratings to get them into the prime time spot.
It’s the 1980s and times are changing, those changes include women behind the scenes. Ron’s new boss is a woman, a Black woman. Once that shock wears off, Ron gets to know her very, very well. On-set rivalries with the prime-time anchor, as well as coming up with material to report on, throws Ron and his team into several difficult, but hilarious situations. Ron is climbing his way back to the top, but will he stay there?
Anchorman 2 is way funnier than the first. So funny you won’t be able to catch your breath from laughing so hard. This is hands down the funniest movie that I have seen all year. Very well written, the jokes just keep coming in a bizarre, surreal tumble. Ron has some great one-liners like, “When you have an ass like the north star, you can expect men to follow it,” or exclamations like “By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John!” In many ways it’s also a crazy time capsule with the clothes and the killer soundtrack that really helps nail the time and feel of the period.
If the holidays are getting you down, get to the theater to see this! I guarantee you’ll laugh your ass off! Stay Classy!
Check out the trailer for “ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES” below: