A patron in the men’s room summed up Writer/Director Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, very well, by saying, “That was dumb…but, I liked it.”
The film starts off with a too many jokes and bits that fall flat as Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) goes through his angst period, having been fired from his job while his wife (Christina Applegate) is promoted to the job he coveted. Much of the reference humor, also, seems a bit too dated for the core audience of young adults.
However, once the old gang of Brick Hamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Champ Kind (David Koechner) join Burgundy, the film, jokes and bits pick up and keep rolling to a knock out ending rumble in the park that includes an amazing array of all-stars, ranging from Tina Fey to Marion Cottilard and Sacha Baron Cohen to Liam Neeson.
Some of the best scenes are between half-brain Hamland and wallflower Chani (Kristen Wiig) as they fall in love, as well as those in which boss lady Linda Jackson (Meagan Good) attempts to seduce Burgundy and, then, takes him home to meet her family.
Yes, it’s all silly and dumb, but I did like it, too.
I give Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues a 3+ out of 5.