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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    61

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Maybe if I liked the first "Anchorman" a little less, I'd like Anchorman 2 a little more. Still, I laughed.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    A modestly less quotable but generously funny new adventure for scotch-and-mahogany-loving 1970s newsman Ron Burgundy.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    The good news is that Anchorman 2 is pretty funny. It's also more rambling and hit-or-miss than its predecessor, which means, thankfully, that it's less likely to become what we euphemistically call iconic: In other words, fewer annoying guys will be inspired to quote it.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Comedically, everyone's on the same page here, which means that, even when things flag, more fun isn't far off.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The movie cleverly spoofs the 24-hour TV news cycle, as well as sexism and racism in the workplace. Not every scene is equally funny, of course, but most of the comic antics generate laughs.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Ferrell and his longtime collaborator Adam McKay have a unique gift for creating characters that are human car wrecks yet somehow win our affection.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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
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    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.

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    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
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    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 false3

    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 false4

    Language: Language includes at least one "f--k," as well as "bitch," "ass," "hell," "poop," "hymen" and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A character endorses Jockey brand underwear, and plenty of TV networks get airtime (ESPN, MTV, History Channel).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    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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