Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

Anchorman_2-_The_Legend_Continues83984By: Jenna Zine (A Toast) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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Ron Burgundy is back and ready for world domination as an anchor for GNN, the first 24-hour news station!

A Toast

Anchorman 2 finds Ron happily residing in New York with his now-wife, Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy (Christina Applegate), and their adorable son, Walter (Judah Nelson). Of course, this is Mr. Burgundy we’re talking about so things don’t stay smooth for long. Ron gets ruffled when Veronica is offered a prestigious promotion, while he’s left out in the cold. He forces her to choose between him or the job – but is out the door before she can even decide, setting off a series of events that (naturally) includes Ron getting his number one news team back together…

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Caution: sexy times ahead!

That’s the tip of the increasingly ludicrous, and incredibly satisfying, iceberg. Can an iceberg be both ludicrous and satisfying? In the world of Anchorman 2 it sure can! The sequel does not disappoint, bringing all your favorite characters back together for one hell of a ride. David Koechner gets the laughs as Champ Kind, who now owns a fast food restaurant and is still as enamored with Ron as ever. Lovable Paul Rudd breathes life back into oily Brian Fantana, who has a lucrative career as a cat photographer. And of course Steve Carell shines as mentally challenged Brick Tamland, who finds love this time around with equally challenged Chani (yay – Kristen Wiig!). The cast newcomers are equally delightful with James Marsden as Ron’s GNN nemesis, Jack Lime, Meagan Good as Linda Jackson, Ron’s steely yet flirty boss, and Josh Lawson playing up his Richard Branson parody as GNN’s owner, Kench Allenby. There are also the requisite (and massive) amount of celebrity cameos that are sure to thrill. (I won’t spoil them for you, but I guarantee that you’re in for a treat.) You can also count on more quotable lines to add to your Anchorman repertoire. (Bats are chicken of the cave!)

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Damn right there’s still jazz flute!

It’s baffling to think that Paramount initially passed on the film – finally agreeing to a budget, but still managing to drag their heels for years. If Ron flipping Burgundy can’t get a Hollywood film made, who can? And by “Ron Burgundy,” I mean the combination of the astoundingly talented Will Ferrell and his creative partner, Adam McKay. In a world of faulty investments, this team is a sure shot. (I never stopped laughing during the two-hour duration of the movie and already have plans to see it again.) Alas, we may never know the politics behind the near decade delay of Ron’s triumphant screen return, but ultimately it doesn’t matter. The long wait is over (nine years, to be exact) – and Ron Burgundy is better than ever.

Verdict

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is the perfect follow-up to its predecessor. Let’s start lobbying Paramount now to make it a threequel – hopefully sans the nine-year gap.

 

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time Ron Burgundy does.

Take a Drink: every time Brick and Chani do their version of flirting.

Take a Drink: every time Champ stares longingly at Ron.

Take a Drink: every time Brian Fantana does something cheesy.

Take a Drink: for every celebrity cameo.

Do a Shot: for the return of Sex Panther, Baxter, and random interactions with animals.

 

Last Call:

You can count on laughs to the very end with these guys, including a short bit at the tail of the credits. And if you want to read an excellent piece on Ron’s bad behavior, check out this awesome post by our very own Cinephiliac.

About Jenna Zine

Jenna Zine was in the process of getting rejected by literary journals, until she gave up the ghost and is now currently penning a deliciously trashy beach read. The happiest day of her life was when MovieBoozer accepted her film reviews. Err, that and her wedding day to Pillow Talk's Larry Crane, of course. Find more at www.jennazine.com

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