Just for the record I didn’t like the first Anchorman. In fact if I hadn’t been reviewing it I probably would have walked out in the middle.
Right now half of the people listening are saying “yeah People’s Movie Critic, you’re so right, I thought it sucked too! You are a genius, best movie critic ever! I want to have your baby!” The other half are going “you suck you idiot! Anchorman was the funniest movie ever made! You’re the worse movie critic ever! Not only will I never listen to you again, I’m going find where you live and burn your house down!”
Don’t get me wrong, I love Will Ferrell, he is fearless when it comes to comedy. And that is the best and worst thing about him. When his comedy works; Old School, Elf, The Other Guys, and Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby, it’s like bacon, a true and righteous gift from God. When it doesn’t; Semi-Pro, Bewitched, and Land of the Lost, it’s like tofu, a bitter trick and a meat pretender, straight from Satan, the father of all lies.
If you liked the first Anchorman then you should like this one. They use a lot of the same bits including a gang fight that is five times as big and half as funny. He plays the flute again but this time while figure skating like he did in Blades of Glory. If possible this has less of a story than the first one.
We join Ron Burgundy 6 or 7 years later as he and his wife Veronica, played by Christina Applegate, are doing the news together. When a network job comes open Veronica gets it and Ron gets fired. He leaves her and his son to become a drunk without a job. He gets an offer to work at GNN the very first 24 hour news network. Which at that time sounded like the worst idea ever.
Ron rounds up the rest of the crew played by David Koechner, Paul Rudd, and the worst Steve Carell I’ve ever seen. This part of the movie drug on for way too long. They get to New York and discover his boss is a black woman played by Meagan Good. This leads to one of the funniest, and most uncomfortable scenes in the movie. She takes him home to meet her family and as they sit at the dinner table Ron tries to fit in by saying the most outrageous and inappropriate things you can imagine. These funny moments were few and very far between. The first Anchorman was 94 minutes, which is perfect for this kind of comedy. This one is 2 hours long. Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, drug use, language, and comedic violence.
Ron Burgundy was way funnier in the Dodge commercials. If you are part of the first group I mentioned at the start of the review, trust me, save your money and don’t go. If you are part of the second group, if you weren’t watching this you’d be watching some Adam Sandler crap. I can’t save you from yourself!
My Score: 3 Buds