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.
Fan Reviews provided by
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.
Just "ok" by hetherspierce
There were parts of the movie that were funny. But other parts were too silly and made no sense.
The 1st Anchorman was better, although there were scenes that were totally outlandish in it, too. I think this movie was better in the beginning, but ran out of steam towards the end.
Ultimately, I'd have rather seen other movies that were playing instead.
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!
ANCHORMAN 2 by profiler1
This was one of the most stupid, idiotic compilations of nonsense we have seen in years. But, Steve Carell STEALS THE SHOW!!! He can pull this off and he is absolutely believable as the biggest idiot on the planet. But a tremendous actor. The rest of it shows me why i don't usually watch anything Will Ferrell writes!!
Life is too short to waste it on this movie by connie174
I normally love stupid humor and I love all the actors in this movie, but this was over the top stupid. I only laughed to try and get others to laugh. The theater was almost silent- no one was laughing.
Started strong by excelsiormantra
I would have saved this for Redbox, but the family wanted to go. Started off strong with lots of laughs. Got a little weird half-way through and wanted to see more of the gang together instead of Ron by himself.
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!
First Was Better - Of Course by sarahbellwilson
It's been years since I saw the first movie, but I remember it being incredibly funny. This one...it had its moments and I wasn't regretting being there, but for the first maybe 3/4 of the movie I was "meh" about it. The last 20-30 minutes though were AMAZING. I kind of feel like the majority of the movie was just filler for the ending. You should definitely watch it if you liked the first one. I don't know that you couldn't just wait for Redbox, though.
Tony by tonyvach
This is a highly unusual film, totally off the wall silly and unpredictable, but it definitely works to entertain, and keep your interest, if just to see how ridiculous the next scene will be. Personally, I felt that some of the topics and language were not appropriate for thirteen year olds. The cast of characters is shockingly amazing, and of course, the acting is mostly tongue-in-cheek, but perfect for what was intended.
Save your time and money by lbro4899
For the few laughs this movie provides, you would be better off watching a good sitcom on TV. Or stay home and watch a good movie on HBO. As much as I enjoy Will Ferrell, this movie was hard to watch. The humor is sophomoric. Several people walked out of the theater but, I kept hoping that it would get better..