Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Burgundy returns in irreverent sequel with innuendo galore.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 119 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 33 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
The movie has an interesting commentary on the deterioration of television news, and critiques the current focus on entertainment rather than information in a funny way. A couple of scenes are filled with racial stereotyping, but mainly at the comedic expense of the character making the remarks. The importance of family and their love and support is part of the movie's resolution.
Positive Role Models
Ron Burgundy and his pals are incredibly dumb, but still somehow loveable. Ron's confidence and carefree attitude make him appealing, even if he's often insensitive. The movie also includes a strong, female, African-American woman who is in charge of a TV network. She's a most welcome character, even in a comedy like this.
Some gross cartoonish fighting, especially during the climax. This movie re-creates the famous "rumble" sequence from the first Anchorman, but raises the states tenfold. Characters attack each other with swords, knives, guns, and various weapons, though very little blood is shown. A huge explosion occurs and people are lying on the ground, presumably dead. In one scene, a bus runs off the road, and as it tumbles over and over, characters are hit with deep-frying grease, bowling balls, and scorpions -- in slow-motion. A main character attempts to hang himself and fails. Characters frequently argue in comical ways.
No nudity is visible, but there's plenty of sexual innuendo and sexual banter. A female character seduces a male character in her office while wearing a bra, coming on strong, pinning him to the wall, and making her intentions known. They have a brief, mild, comical sex scene, with only some skin shown. The main character divorces his wife, and she is shown with a new boyfriend. (He brings her a sexy negligee, but pretends that it's a gift for his son.) In one scene, a character opens a cabinet full of condoms and tries to select one for a friend. Two supporting characters strike up a romance; they kiss passionately up against a window, and the woman's underpants show.
Language includes at least one "f--k," as well as "bitch," "ass," "hell," "poop," "hymen" and more.
A character endorses Jockey brand underwear, and plenty of TV networks get airtime (ESPN, MTV, History Channel).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main characters do a TV news story on crack in which they smoke some on the air. One character admits to having continued to smoke it on more occasions. There is also some various background drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is the sequel to the 2004 Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman. As with the first one, the movie includes outrageous, irreverent humor, with comical violence -- mostly bloodless and with few casualties -- and plenty of sexual banter and innuendo, though no nudity. Language is also playful and strong, with uses of "bitch," "ass," and many other choice words. The main characters comically smoke crack while on the air, and there's some background drinking and smoking. There's also some comical racial stereotyping, but mostly at the expense of the speaker. Overall, the message about the importance of family and the quality of news is an interesting one, and could give parents and teens something to discuss together.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLSU Mom January 13, 2014

Funny enough to merit a matinee or a rental, but nowhere near the original

If you have seen the first Anchorman, there is no more violence in II than was in the first (both include comical fight scenes). Product placement/consumerism... Continue reading
Parent of a 12-year-old Written bytinacarlon January 2, 2014

Yuk! Will Ferrell, why?!?!

Don't do it! our family are huge Will Ferrell fans, and thought the original Anchorman was funny, despite some sexual innuendo. But this one was not only n... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySwim3456 January 14, 2014

Only watch it if you enjoyed the first

Let's just say I did not enjoy the first Anchorman, and the sequel was about the same. Just a whole bunch of jokes that weren't funny and stupid humor... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGusAllen9 October 27, 2021

What's the story?

After the events of the previous movie, anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is happily married to his co-anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) and things couldn't be better -- until Veronica is promoted and Ron is fired. Ron takes the news badly and bottoms out when he is approached about joining a new 24-hour news cable network. Ron scoffs at the idea, but takes the job and finds great success as he changes tactics, making the news "fun" rather than informative. He begins an intense relationship with his boss, Linda Jackson (Meagan Good), but fate takes another turn when an accident robs him of his sight. While blind, he discovers that his family is his strongest anchor -- his family and a baby shark.

Is it any good?

Co-writers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay hit upon a brilliant idea in their return to their beloved Ron Burgundy character. Since we left Ron in the late 1970s, it only makes sense that he should be part of the 24-hour news cycle of the 1980s, as well as the deterioration of TV news and its transformation into ratings-based entertainment. The dumb, yet confident Burgundy is the perfect character for it. This clever thread alone makes the movie worth viewing. But happily, it's very funny, too.
Ferrell and McKay base most of their humor on unexpected, bizarrely rhythmic wordplay and images that support that wordplay. Not every joke is going to work for every viewer. Parts of the movie go over the top, and it definitely sprawls a bit, nearly hitting the two-hour mark. But the best jokes are spread generously throughout, and performers like Kristen Wiig and Meagan Good are quite wonderful in a movie dominated by men. It's a worthy sequel that tickles the brain as well as the funnybone.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's comical violence. What makes violence on screen funny, as opposed to thrilling or disturbing? Do you think comical violence ever goes too far?
  • How do you react to the movie's scenes of racial stereotyping? Were they offensive or funny? Who is the target of this humor?
  • What does the movie have to say about the state of TV news? Does it approve or disapprove? How has the situation changed since the 1980s?

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