Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Staying classy for the second time

One of the most-quoted comedies of the noughties, cult Will Ferrell funny, Anchorman, sees the release of its long-awaited sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, tomorrow. A decade down the line, Ferrell and co. (David Koechner, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Christina Applegate) return with a generous dose of outrageous one-liners and farfetched scenarios.

Far from his beloved San Diego, we find Burgundy working the graveyard shift at GNN, a New York-based cable channel. Still the coiffed and booming-voiced broadcaster we fell for the first time around, Ron refuses to succumb to the banality of off-peak programming. ‘Does the news have to be so boring?’ he bellows during an editorial meeting.

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A Burgundy brainwave yields the birth of people-pleasing news broadcasts, including live car chases, patriotic sporting moments and cuddly animals doing adorable things. Hilarity, and the birth of 24-hour news culture, ensues.

Giggles are guaranteed, but be warned there are some Sacha Baron Cohen-style queasier moments. Other new additions to the ensemble include Ron’s rival newscaster: the younger, more dapper, and better-looking Jack Lime (James Marsden). And Chani (Kristen Wig): a simple-minded secretary who beguiles the even simpler Brick (Carell).

Those who loved the original will not be disappointed.

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