#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test.
John C. Reilly,
Sacha Baron Cohen
In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.
Having left San Diego for New York City, Ron Burgundy is living the high life with his wife Veronica Corningstone and son Walter Burgundy. However, when the boss decides to promote Veronica to full time lead anchor and fire Ron, everything changes. Now heading back to San Diego, Ron is washed up and working part time at Sea World. His shot at redemption though comes in the form of a man named Freddie Schapp, who's an executive producer at the Global News Network, the world's first 24 hour round the clock news channel. He hires Ron, who proceeds to reunite the news team of Champ, Brick, and Brian, and head back to New York City. While there Ron and his news team are given the graveyard shift and a challenge. Ron comes up with a radical new idea to transform the news and that puts him at the top of the game once again. But how long will Ron's newfound fame last? And will Brick finally find true love? Written by
A Bad Movie Falls Apart Even More At Its End, But It Does Have A Few Laughs
As a big fan of the original "Anchorman" I was very hesitant about this sequel. First, sequels almost never live up to the original on which they're based, and, second, as much as I enjoyed it the original "Anchorman" was not without its share of weaknesses. Unfortunately, those weaknesses were on display again in a movie that was, overall, far less satisfying.
One of those revisited weaknesses was the sheer length of the movie. The original - much funnier - was far too long at about 1:45. This one went on for almost two painstaking hours even though there was nowhere near enough substance to fill that time. Even by the end of the first hour I was getting antsy. By about 1:30 it was getting painful to keep watching. Then, for reasons I'll never understand, much of the last 20 minutes or so was taken up (like the first movie) with a huge news team rumble that was silly, even for a movie designed to be silly. Really, this was a huge mess of a story from the start. The chemistry that I thought existed in the first movie between Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate (as Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone - now, in this movie, married) was noticeably absent in this, and while the first movie made no attempt to be serious, this one added an unnecessary angle about Ron trying to be a good father to his son. Nothing much in this story worked. But ...
As weak as the story was, it did have me laughing out loud a few times, with many of those laughs being produced by Steve Carell, who was back as the laughably incompetent weatherman Brick Tamland. As far as performances were concerned, Carell's was the obvious highlight here, albeit in a supporting role. A movie that makes me laugh out loud can't be all bad, even if it does have a lame and often incoherent story. (3/10)
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