Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is set in the 1980s. TV newscaster Ron Burgundy has been fired from his New York City job. His wife, Veronica Corningstone, is offered the main anchor gig. A jealous Burgundy says it's me or the job. She picks the job. He moves on and gets offered a job at a new news concept -- 24-hour news.
Instead of doing hard news, Burgundy and his crew do more tabloid-oriented stories. They're a huge hit.
Narrated by TV crime show host Bill Kurtis, the movie is a series of fun and funny skits as Will Ferrell reunites with first film castmates Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell. All are hilarious. Ferrell and director and co-writer Adam McKay -- who directs all of Ferrell's movie projects -- wrote a loose screenplay that gives the cast plenty of room to play. Carrel, who is a brilliant ad-libber, has the most fun.
They also pack the film with a dozen terrific, funny cameos.
That said, Ferrell really isn't that funny. At least normally. Once in a while, he hits a right note. The right note wasn't in the first Anchorman or in most of his solo projects. This sequel is a different story. It hits a bunch of them. I laughed from stop to finish, and even more rare, I laughed out loud.
Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, James Marsden, Greg Kinnear, Harrison Ford, Meagan Good, Bill Kurtis
Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes, language. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.