Will Ferrell’s cult 2004 comedy about crass 1970s television news presenter Ron Burgundy milked plenty of laughs by poking fun at the era’s hideous fashion choices – and equally dire sexual politics. A decade on, however, and the joke has worn thin in lacklustre sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The unscripted, off-the-cuff joshing between Ferrell and co-stars Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner this time fails to come up with enough good jokes, though they do hit the occasional satirical bull’s eye when Burgundy and his team join a 24-hour news channel and inadvertently invent the type of news – hysterically jingoistic, triviality obsessed and hopelessly shallow – that now dominates US airwaves. However, the plot strand involving a romance between Carell’s dim-witted weatherman and Kristen Wiig’s equally simpleminded office worker is desperately unfunny. Viewers who do tune in will probably get more of a kick from the film’s surprisingly high-calibre supporting cast, with roles for James Marsden, Greg Kinnear and Harrison Ford, plus brief cameos from the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen, Marion Cotillard, Tina Fey and Will Smith.
Certificate 15. Runtime 118 mins. Director Adam McKay.
Released on Blu-ray and DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment.
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