Rated PG-13, 119 minutes (watched 12/28/13)
I’m really happy the tickets only cost $6.75 for this matinee show.
Let’s back up. I love the original Anchorman. Like, my fellow journalism majors and I dressed up in coats and ties and made it an event. I could watch this on a loop for hours. But its sequel proves the notion that there most certainly can be too much of a good thing. This is so much like the original in so many ways, but instead of being funny and new, it’s tired, overly predictable and failed to wring out any laughs. Except for the lady sitting two rows over my right shoulder. She laughed, and she laughed hard.
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is again redefining television news, but this time around he’s on cable and is on the forefront of the 24-hour, graphic-heavy, all-talk “news” cycle. He’s again joined by his crack news team (they actually smoke crack), as they take on the establishment. Alas, the magic just isn’t there this time around. The plot points are painting by numbers, and we already know exactly which colors are going to go where.
Another problem is that so much of the original Anchorman‘s fun came from poking fun at the 70s. This movie is creeping into the early 80s, and tries to poke fun at cable news. Except the joke falls flat now that we’re in (relatively) recent territory. Partly, no doubt, because cable news is already a joke on its own. And my celebrity crush, Christina Applegate, is so underused she may as well not be in the movie.
Two lone bright spots: I enjoyed oh-so-dumb Brick the Weatherman (Steve Carrell). His jokes seemed to land where everyone else’s flopped dead. The other is a reprise of the famous Rumble scene from the original. I guessed it was coming as we entered the theater, but the cameos and absurdity still made me smile, despite the note-for-note repetition from the previous movie.
All that’s wonderful, but what’s the movie’s grade? I’m in a hurry here, buddy.
2/5. A big Scotch-soaked disappointment.
Where do I know that guy from?
Do yourself a favor and rent/Netflix/RedBox/whatever Stranger than Fiction. It’s one of Will Ferrell’s least Will Ferrell-y comedies and I love it.
What is the star’s spirit animal?
What color socks are you wearing right now?
My feet are going commando at the moment. Shh! Don’t tell anyone!
Print media is still king in my book.
Literally all the funny scenes are in the trailer. (2/5)
Heard any good jokes lately?
What’s the difference between bird flu and swine flu? If you have bird flu, you need tweetment. If you have swine flu, you need oink-ment
Popcorn with M&Ms mixed in. One Diet Pepsi, one Fanta.
Unrelated Word of the Day:
Pococurante POH-koh-kyoo-RAN-tee adjective; indifferent, nonchalant
Would the movie have been any better with the addition of Morgan Freeman as narrator?
The only thing that could have improved it would be a new script.