IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL.
After getting kicked out of a prestigious news job in NYC, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered to join the world’s first 24-hour news channel, and gets the old gang back together. Getting this sequel off the ground took its sweet time, and once again it seems impossible to create a coherent story around these characters. The CNN satire could have been smarter, but there’s a charming outrageousness to the whole project that’s irresistible; very silly and very funny at times. Chock-full of amusing cameos, but Ferrell is a wonder to behold; no one can look as dim-witted straight through an entire film.
2013-U.S. 119 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Adam McKay. Screenplay: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell. Cast: Will Ferrell (Ron Burgundy), Steve Carell (Brick Tamland), Paul Rudd (Brian Fantana), David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good… Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear, James Marsden, Kristen Wiig, Fred Willard, Harrison Ford. Cameos: Sacha Baron Cohen, Marion Cotillard, Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Kirsten Dunst, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Liam Neeson, John C. Reilly, Vince Vaughn, Kanye West, Drake.
Trivia: Jennifer Lawrence was allegedly considered for a role. Also available in 124 min. and 143 min. cuts.
Quote: “It doesn’t matter whose fault the break-up was, I was stubborn, you were like a mentally ill whore from the 1800s.” (Ferrell to Applegate)