Pause for kids 14 & under
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.
- 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?
The good stuff
Messages: The movie has an interesting commentary on the deterioration of television news, and critiques the current focus on entertainment rather than information in a funny way. A couple of scenes are filled with racial stereotyping, but mainly at the comedic expense of the character making the remarks. The importance of family and their love and support is part of the movie's resolution.
Role models: Ron Burgundy and his pals are incredibly dumb, but still somehow loveable. Ron's confidence and carefree attitude make him appealing, even if he's often insensitive. The movie also includes a strong, female, African-American woman who is in charge of a TV network. She's a most welcome character, even in a comedy like this.
What to watch for
Violence: Some gross cartoonish fighting, especially during the climax. This movie re-creates the famous "rumble" sequence from the first Anchorman, but raises the states tenfold. Characters attack each other with swords, knives, guns, and various weapons, though very little blood is shown. A huge explosion occurs and people are lying on the ground, presumably dead. In one scene, a bus runs off the road, and as it tumbles over and over, characters are hit with deep-frying grease, bowling balls, and scorpions -- in slow-motion. A main character attempts to hang himself and fails. Characters frequently argue in comical ways.
Sex: No nudity is visible, but there's plenty of sexual innuendo and sexual banter. A female character seduces a male character in her office while wearing a bra, coming on strong, pinning him to the wall, and making her intentions known. They have a brief, mild, comical sex scene, with only some skin shown. The main character divorces his wife, and she is shown with a new boyfriend. (He brings her a sexy negligee, but pretends that it's a gift for his son.) In one scene, a character opens a cabinet full of condoms and tries to select one for a friend. Two supporting characters strike up a romance; they kiss passionately up against a window, and the woman's underpants show.
Language: Language includes at least one "f--k," as well as "bitch," "ass," "hell," "poop," "hymen" and more.
Consumerism: A character endorses Jockey brand underwear, and plenty of TV networks get airtime (ESPN, MTV, History Channel).
Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main characters do a TV news story on crack in which they smoke some on the air. One character admits to having continued to smoke it on more occasions. There is also some various background drinking and smoking.
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It was okay by sunnyleutu
Dragged a lot they had more inside jokes/ fun making the movie than the actual funny parts, i dont regret seeing it however would not ever watch again nor would i have watched it on the dvd because it would be a waste to own that dvd since i would never watch it again. Love will farell and anchorman one but this one is too much trying hard to be akward funny instead of just being a movie with a funny storyline. VERY draggy the whole way, unecissarily draggy to the point where its like,"ok we get it, and ha ha ha ok its not funny anymore." I did laugh sometimes but they shouldnt have been trying so hard to be funny. Should you go see it? If you are an achorman fan I would just to know that you saw it for yourself. Not for kids has swearing and unnappropriate words
Comedic Genius by jkbivona
This is quotable and hilarious. It almost brought me to the ground i was laughing so hard. Amazing comeback and a very suitable plot. At times like the fight scene it got out of control but other than ron burgundy fighting the ghost of stonewall jackson it was great.
Over the Top by aj28293
There was definitely a lot of laughs but it was a complete parody of itself. The ending fight scene and the scene with the shark reminds you not to take anything in the movie serious.
funny at times by fanofgoodfilm77
I was hoping for more from this movie, it had some funny parts but the over the top goofy scenes like the big fight scene in the park made it too goofy
Two hours I can't get back by BSher10705
This movie was a waste of time and money--seriously, I want those two hours of my life and my money back. It was the worst movie I have ever seen. There was just nothing redeeming about it. First of all, the writing was exceptionally poor and could have been written by a group of kids below the age of 10 who laugh at poo-poo jokes. Even my 14 year old companion thought it was really "stupid." Without a decent script, there is no hope for the acting, directing, etc.
Here it BLOWS by Malinko
From beginning to end it was awful.....One I love Will however this was just bad I loved the first anchorman it was funny. This had funny parts but just looked slapped together with no real story...I was bored out of my mind...Do another kicking and screaming anything but this or comeback with a better store this was just.....Jack....LAME
Even funnier than the first by MrRay
I was going to see "The Hobbit" but I didn't have enough on my gift card. So I saw "Anchorman2" instead. Not just did the clothes and music make the movie. But the lines coming from Will Farrell. Steve Carrell was also so funny. The whole scene with him and the girl he liked was just so hilarious! All 4 characters were great. It was only me and another girl in the theater. That was funny but that fact that she heard me laughing made her laugh also. I don't know what my favorite scene was but the one with Brick and the girl talking at the Soda Machine. It was just so funny. I have to see it again so I can catch moments I didn't see in the first one. I'll probably crack up again!
Anchorman 2: The Legen Continues by doboyki
This movie is hilarious from start to finish with lots of surprise cameo shots from some big name actors. Go see it, you won't be sorry!
Funny but not funny by fnadir
Oh man they really tried to be funny in this movie, Steve carrell was awful but nonetheless there were some interesting parts..specially the end.
Funnier than the first by joyjoyhd
I was surprised how many times I laughed in this movie. It pokes a lot of fun at itself too understanding it's a movie to take lightly and enjoy for all its silliness. Don't go looking for an Oscar nominee storyline, but if you want to laugh, head to see this one. It's ridiculous, silly, cheesy, clever, and fun!