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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2015
The first film had some original and genuinely funny moments and I was expecting something similar for this sequel. I would have been happy if this sequel maintained that level of silly and ridiculous. But this sequel is surprisingly bad. The fictional world they created is maintained and leveraged well in the first half of the movie. But the second half, which appears to be an attempt to be surprising, the story loses its way by breaking down their established in-world rules. This makes the film a little confusing and made me lose all desire to care about the characters or their circumstances. Another disappointment were the guest cameos, which are poor uses of the stellar talent recruited for this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2015
Anchorman 2 is certainly a 1-star film. I actually would have given it half a star, but after viewing this film I have become somewhat mentally impaired and not sure how to give a movie half a star…or no star at all.
Considering the talented cast represented by a non-stop parade of cameo appearances, there must be some back story as to why so many well-know and gifted actors would want to participate in this production (the cast parties must have been truly great). But none of this is visible to the viewer, of course.
Aside from some pointed satire at the corruption of the news industry, racial reconciliation and a dismal view of the TV watching public, there is little reason from this viewer’s perspective for this production’s existence in the first placed. It was only out of a morbid sense of curiosity that I allowed myself to continue to the very end.
A movie of this caliber has the unique ability by its mere existence to elevate such as Talladega Nights and Elf to the level of serious drama. Perhaps that was the purpose of Anchorman 2 - to set the bar so very, very low that everyone involved can point to this as the defining moment and say that this was the worst movie every member of the cast ever appeared in.
If you want to experience the very nadir of slapstick this is it.
Enjoy (Hint 3D glasses and sobriety will not improve the viewing experience).
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38 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2014
Saw these actors on Jon Stewart and they were a riot, I thought I have to see that movie. Missed it in the theatres, so I purchased it on Amazon, despite the mixed reviews. My advice, if you have to see it, rent it, don't buy it! I should have heeded the 3 star reviews and just rented this. There were only a few times where I actually laughed while watching this film. I was disappointed. I actually had a hard time staying focused on it - it just didn't do a good job of pulling me in.

So rent it first, and if it fits your fancy, then buy it. But it wasn't the right choice for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 6, 2014
The gang returns in Anchorman 2 as San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, gets the news crew back together again to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.

When the original Anchorman movie came out, I thought it was one of Ferrell's better comedy efforts with its silly quotable lines and low brow humor that's just so silly it is funny.

Anchorman 2 tries to do the same but falls into the same category that most sequels do, especially comedy sequels as trying to repeat the magic and coming up a little short mainly due to it being second. The comedy isn't as fresh and new and some of the same gags are repeated, which seems to plague comedy sequels (Hangover 2 and 3 anyone).

That doesn't mean that this movie doesn't have its moments of humor as it did make me laugh at times but seemed a bit more flat than the first. To give him credit, Ferrell is fantastic as the character and does him well, even though the movie falls a bit short at times.

For me, it is an ok movie to watch and for those fans of the series and of Ferrill, then you will like this movie, even though it is a lot of the same from the first.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I usually dislike silly tales that base their humor on absurd ideas such as two dumb people celebrating their marriage with a kiss after the husband covers his wife’s face with her vale and kisses her through the vale. But I liked this film. I am on a ship and the crew showed the film so I went to watch it. I thought it was funny. I even thought that most of the silly behaviors were comical in context. There were also some parts that were very sentimental such as Burgundy’s relation with his son. Most quirky but correct was the mockery that the film made of 24-hour news. I recommend the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2014
While knowing that it couldn't be as pleasantly surprising as the original, and to be sure there were moments that felt a little too forced and derivative, this sequel still had some laugh out loud moments. If you're a fan of the first Anchorman this is still worth watching, even if some of the magic that made the first so adored is missing. Also, great big thumbs up to Kristen Wiig's small but brilliant turn as Chani. Amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2015
I love anchorman 1...but I really couldn't pay attention to the second. I love the actors and characters...Overall..not a great fan but really have not watched the entire movie.
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on July 18, 2015
If you're a fan of the first Anchorman movie or the other movies of Will Ferrell, you'll feel right at home and will be happy to know that it will be as hilarious as you expect it to be. As for everyone else, the movie is a direct sequel to the original Anchorman movie and those that were unfortunate enough not to watch it may feel a bit lost. There is a brief synopsis in the beginning of the previous movie, but it doesn't cover everything and without prior knowledge, I could see many people not getting the quirks and personality traits of each character, so many of the jokes may have a tendency to falter off or cause confusion in the unseasoned viewer. If you're a fan of character driven, satirical and hilariously obsurd humor, you will definitely want to check this out, though I would highly reccommend you see the previous film. If you aren't a fan of those comedic implications, you will want to steer very clear. I would also advise the same, if you have small children, that may view this movie, it is definitely NOT for children. It is an excellent movie though and very funny, I thoroughly enjoyed it and reccommend it for anyone that loves to laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2015
Too many repeated jokes from the first movie, and most of the scenes were more annoying than anything. 1st Anchorman was comedy gold. This was pretty terrible.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2014
The Super-Sized Version is hilarious! I saw the regular version in the theater and being a big Anchorman-fan, I enjoyed it. It seemed to be chopped up and lacking though. I purchased the DVD when it came out and watched the Super-Sized version and it was so much better!

The extended version runs close to 2 and half hours, but the movie flows so much better and there is the "Big World" scene, where the gang sings, that was worth every penny. Brick's singing about spiderman is was one of the funniest things I have seen. I re-watched that scene like 10 times.

I wish they didn't have to cut certain scenes that they did for the theatrical version because I agree with most reviewers in that respect. The theater version seemed disjointed and not as funny as it could be. But if you are a fan like me, you definitely want to see the blu-ray, super-sized edition because it makes up so much for what the original movie didn't have. Though, if you are not a huge fan like me and didn't like the theatrical version at all, obviously don't buy the DVD/Blu-Ray set.
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