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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Crack did not appear until late 1984, while the movie takes place in 1979-1980.
Brick quotes the theme song from Ghostbusters. This film is set approximately five years before that film was released.
MTV did not exist until 1981, and MTV News did not appear until several years after.
The movie is set in the early 1980's but the World Trade Center Towers are not shown when the New York City skyline is shown.
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During the first sportscast on GNN, the baseball highlights reflect more modern equipment being used, such as the hockey style catcher's mask.
When Ron is dancing around on ice-skates, there is a Gibson SG (the red guitar) on the stage. It has a "devil in a schoolboy uniform" image on the headstock, meaning it is an Angus Young signature issue. That particular model of the custom version of the '67 SG was released by Gibson around 2000.
Near the end of the Winnebago scene there is a 1986-1993 Volvo 240 station wagon (as it has the two big plastic headlights rather than the four square glass headlights on models built prior to 1986).
When Ron Burgundy asks, "Know what movie I watch every Christmas?" Brian Fantana says, "Six Pack with Kenny Rogers?"
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When the guys meet Brian for the first time there is a modern digital thermostat on the wall behind them.
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At the end of the big fight scene one of the background taxi cabs is a 1988-1991 Ford LTD Crown Victoria.
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The graphics for GNN broadcasts feature stock tickers and news crawls. Stock tickers were not generally used until the early '90s and news crawls not frequently used before 2001.
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Ron speaks of Cujo to mean a large scary dog. Such a connotation comes from the Stephen King source novel for that movie, which was published in 1981, just one year too late for this movie's setting.
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Brick states "I ain't 'fraida no ghost", and is smiling and winking when he does it, so he is clearly seen to be referencing the theme song from Ghostbusters. Anchorman 2 is set in 1980, yet Ghostbusters was not released until 1984.
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When Ron and Veronica are running on the beach, there is a see-through full-battened windsurfing sail in the background. These were introduced in around 1988. In 1980, the sail would have been triangular and opaque (same as sailboat sails).
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There are shots of World-Wide Plaza in the NYC skyline. It wasn't built until 1989.
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In the diner where Ron is being courted by the GNN executive, there are Trivial Pursuit question cards on the table tent. Trivial Pursuit was not released until 1982.
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When Ron is in the diner with Freddie, the reflection of a modern UPS delivery truck can be seen in the background.
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Character error 

Ron is told by his doctor: "Looks as if both optic nerves are separated from their respective corneas .... No other way to put this, but you're blind". The optic nerve does not attach to the cornea, therefore a separation of the two is a normal finding and would not result in blindness. If the optic nerve separates from the retina, on the other hand, blindness ensues.
The Ghost of General Stonewall Jackson speaks with a Deep Southern (perhaps Mississippi) accent, but Thomas Jonathan Jackson was from West Virginia & Virginia and would have spoken with a central Appalachian accent.
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Continuity 

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was set in the mid-1970s, close to 1976. Walter Burgundy wasn't born yet in that film, yet in the sequel, set in 1979-1980, Walter is now 7 years old.
When Ron and Linda have a saucy discussion, the collar on Ron's jacket changes from being messed up and sitting upright to sitting nicely.
After Ron's failed suicide attempt, the knot in the rope changes from being in his front to his back.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In a couple shots of Ron driving toward San Diego, the camera crane is reflected on his van.
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Factual errors 

Jet Airliner is credited as written by The Steve Miller Band when in fact it was written by Paul Pena and just performed by The Steve Miller Band.

Plot holes 

An important element of Ron's character is that he can only read exactly what is on the teleprompter, but he starts his first broadcast with "Hello America" but the teleprompter has "Good evening America" on it.

Revealing mistakes 

The news headlines running at the bottom of the screen during Ron's broadcast do not run in real time - they pause for many seconds during cuts then continue again when cutting back to Ron broadcasting.
When Ron learns that messages about curing his blindness have been kept from him, he effortlessly turns and grabs a lamp and smashes it. The precision of his motion to the lamp would require sight.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

At the end of the movie during the big fight scene, some shots show modern day cars passing in the background.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The airplane used in the final battle is the FA-18 Hornet from 1983. Since this scene humorously violates the movie's inner logic, this particular inaccuracy is allowable.

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