ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (Paramount, 2013) D: Adam McKay, w/ Will Ferrell, Steve Carell. Rating: NN; Blu-ray package: NNN Rating: NN
If you liked the crude sex jokes and low-comedy yelling in the first Anchorman, you'll probably be satisfied with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. It's about as funny, but overall it suffers from a shortage of Christina Applegate as rival and now wife of Will Ferrell's inept TV news anchor, Ron Burgundy.
This time, Burgundy and his team of idiots - clueless reporter Fantana (Paul Rudd), redneck sportscaster Champ (David Koechner) and space-case weatherman Brick (Steve Carell) - are hired for the graveyard shift at the world's first 24-hour news channel. (The picture is set in the 80s.)
Desperate for ratings, Burgundy makes on-air moves that single-handedly destroy American television news. An on-air crack-smoking scene is involved.
The best moments involve Brick finding his soulmate, the wonderfully named Chani Lastnamé, played to perfection by Kristen Wiig. The worst stem from the racist humour of Burgundy's affair with his African-American boss (Meagan Good).
Three cuts of the movie are included here: theatrical at 118 minutes, extended at 122 and super-sized at 143. The extras are wall-to-wall jokes no more or less funny than the movie.
EXTRAS Theatrical, extended and super-sized versions; commentary; making-of doc; two gag reels; two alternate-line compilations; selected scene table read. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles.