Box art for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

comedy


The wait is over, America - Ron Burgundy is back! After losing his job, Ron reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival in the comedy that critics are calling "one of the funniest movies of the year!"

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    75%
  • Audience Score
    54%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Burgundy returns in irreverent sequel with innuendo galore.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is the sequel to the 2004 Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman. As with the first one, the movie includes outrageous, irreverent humor, with comical violence -- mostly bloodless and with few casualties -- and plenty of sexual banter and innuendo, though no nudity. Language is also playful and strong, with uses of "bitch," "ass," and many other choice words. The main characters comically smoke crack while on the air, and there's some background drinking and smoking. There's also some comical racial stereotyping, but mostly at the expense of the speaker. Overall, the message about the importance of family and the quality of news is an interesting one, and could give parents and teens something to discuss together.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's comical violence. What makes violence on screen funny, as opposed to thrilling or disturbing? Do you think comical violence ever goes too far?
  • How do you react to the movie's scenes of racial stereotyping? Were they offensive or funny? Who is the target of this humor?
  • What does the movie have to say about the state of TV news? Does it approve or disapprove? How has the situation changed since the 1980s?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The sheer density of the jokes guarantees a few laughs for every taste ... and the loose, improvisational energy of the performers keeps things lively.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fresh: This is the kind of movie where most people know what they want and are pretty sure what they will get, that being "more of the same, please."

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fresh: Considering the improvisatory talents - even genius - of Ferrell and his co-stars, it's no surprise that laughs abound in "Anchorman 2" ...

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The legend continues? did it need to?. Watching Ferrell prep his voice ready to go on air right at the start is a good funny moment that reminds you exactly what this is about. Its off the wall insanely silly stuff that doesn't really make too much sense and doesn't really care. The story isn't really much different from the first film and involves the usual career ups and downs for 'Burgundy', but now juggling with family issues. This time around Burgundy gets fired by his boss, the now well known real life old grump Harrison Ford. Only to be picked up for a 24 hour news station which is the newest thing (its the 80's remember). So off he goes to recruit his old news team and take New York by storm. 'Who the hell is Julius Caesar? You know I don't follow the NBA!' The sequences where Burgundy finds his old buddies kinda paves the way for the rest of the film, its amusing, but not that amusing. Straight away I noticed that Carell's character 'Brick' seems to be way way over the top with his absurdities. Before this guy was obviously dumb or slow but generally kept up with the other guys. This time he's virtually beyond idiotic bordering on completely retarded, sure its funny at times but he's so out there the whole joke loses its appeal. This feels like the problem with the whole film really, the joke has been stretched out too far and it loses its clever touch. All the other guys are still on their game with Koechner as outrageous as ever and easily being the best character next to Ferrell's. But the whole rival news team thing with Marsden feels old hat now and most of the jokes and quips don't really hold up as well. Don't get me wrong there are still some good moments here, Burgundy and his team getting all flustered over their new boss being a black woman was pretty funny. The usual sexual gapes and innuendos, dated visual gags such as their outfits and suits, the ever thick misogynistic angle that this franchise relies heavily on and Burgundy meeting his black bosses family probably being a highlight. Can't beat a bit of awkward to watch racial stereotyping tomfoolery. 'Which one of you pipe hittin' bitches can pass the salt?' As you progress towards the finale the film becomes more of a spoof with every scene. The whole White Shark sub plot, Burgundy getting blinded and of course the big news team ruck that throws in quite a few needless cameos. Yeah sure its kinda funny I guess, sort of, but not overly. It all feels like they're just rehashing the original ideas, regurgitating the same thing but bigger and with more stars. Nothing wrong with the odd small cameo for laughs but did we really need to see so many in that finale fight, on that note did it really need to be so ludicrous?. A werewolf? a minotaur? the ghost of Stonewall Jackson?! did it need to that far?. Most of it wasn't even that amusing, seeing Sacha Baron Cohen play some snotty BBC news team reporter was actually kinda pathetic, he couldn't even get the gentlemanly accent right...and he's British!. Then you had all the corny stereotypical visual jokes about our Royal heritage and snootiness blah blah blah...oh please, originality anyway?. I found this disappointing really, it just didn't do anything for me and it didn't feel fresh because it isn't. Almost the same as the first film except its bigger which isn't a problem generally, but it is if you reuse all the same gags. You can see everyone is having a blast doing this but unfortunately I think they enjoyed their reunion too much and forgot about making a decent film. The first film was funny due to its heavy satire of sexism and racism in the 1970's workplace. This has spots of that but mainly goes down the all out spoof route and loses that clever sting. 'Every morning I get here a half hour early and I sexually assault a starfish'

- phubbs1, Thursday, March 27, 2014

3 stars

The news team is back and better than ever in a sequel that is damn near as good as the first one. An outrageously funny and endlessly enjoyable comedy that just delivers even more big laughs, insane imagination and bigger stars. After ten years we finally get the sequel we have been waiting for and it was worth the wait. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner are an absolute blast, they have never been funnier and show they still are the best news team around. James Marsden is terrific. Harrison Ford is excellent, its great seeing him in a comedy like this and the stars don't end with them. Its two hours of pure fun.

- allan913, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

3 stars

It's Kind of a Big Deal. Nice Comedy! We all know sequels are usually not as good as the original. But this is especially true when it comes to comedy sequels. A joke just isn't as funny the second time you hear it. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, proves the exception to the rule. Anchorman 2 is one of the finest examples of absurdist comedy since, well, the first Anchorman movie. There are moments so hilariously bizarre, they would make the Monty Python troupe proud. It took nine years to bring this sequel to the screen. It was definitely worth the wait. Having left San Diego for New York City, Ron Burgundy is living the high life with his wife Veronica Corningstone and son Walter Burgundy. However, when the boss decides to promote Veronica to full time lead anchor and fire Ron, everything changes. Now heading back to San Diego, Ron is washed up and working part time at Sea World. His shot at redemption though comes in the form of a man named Freddie Schapp, who's an executive producer at the Global News Network, the world's first 24 hour round the clock news channel. He hires Ron, who proceeds to reunite the news team of Champ, Brick, and Brian, and head back to New York City. While there Ron and his news team are given the graveyard shift and a challenge. Ron comes up with a radical new idea to transform the news and that puts him at the top of the game once again. But how long will Ron's newfound fame last? And will Brick finally find true love?

- MANUGINO, Saturday, March 22, 2014