Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Anchorman 2:
The Legend Continues
Anchorman 2 Teaser Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdam McKay
Produced byJudd Apatow
Will Ferrell
Adam McKay
Written byWill Ferrell
Adam McKay
Narrated byBill Kurtis
Music byAndrew Feltenstein
John Nau
CinematographyOliver Wood
Editing byBrent White
Melissa Bretherton
StudioApatow Productions
Gary Sanchez Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • November 24, 2013 (2013-11-24) (Sydney premiere)
  • December 18, 2013 (2013-12-18) (United States)
Running time119 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$50 million[2]
Box office$45,791,000[3]
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Anchorman 2:
The Legend Continues
Anchorman 2 Teaser Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAdam McKay
Produced byJudd Apatow
Will Ferrell
Adam McKay
Written byWill Ferrell
Adam McKay
Narrated byBill Kurtis
Music byAndrew Feltenstein
John Nau
CinematographyOliver Wood
Editing byBrent White
Melissa Bretherton
StudioApatow Productions
Gary Sanchez Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • November 24, 2013 (2013-11-24) (Sydney premiere)
  • December 18, 2013 (2013-12-18) (United States)
Running time119 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$50 million[2]
Box office$45,791,000[3]

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a 2013 American comedy film, and the sequel to the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. As with the original film, it is directed by Adam McKay, produced by Judd Apatow, written by McKay and Will Ferrell, and stars Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate all reprising their roles from the first film. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was released on December 18, 2013 to positive reviews.


Several years after the events of the first film, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferell) and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) are married and are both co-anchors for a prestigious news network in New York City. One day, they are approached by Mack Tannen (Harrison Ford), the most famous nightly news anchor in New York. He reveals that he is retiring and intends to promote Veronica, making her the first female nightly news anchor in the history of television. However, Tannen decides to fire Ron due to his continuously sloppy performance on air. This causes friction between Ron and Veronica, with Ron growing jealous of Veronica's success and storming out of the house, leaving Vernonica and his six year old son Walter (Judah Nelson).

Six months later, Ron is back in San Diego, but barely able to hold a job due to his depression. After being fired from Sea World and botching a suicide attempt, Ron is approached by an agent working for GNN (Global News Network), the world's first 24 hour news network. The agent offers to recruit Ron for GNN's official launch, and Ron agrees under the condition that he bring his old news team, who had split up over the years. Champ Kind (David Koechner) was fired from Channel 4 and now owns a fried chicken restaurant that secretly sells fried bats to save on costs. Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) is now a world famous cat photographer. Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) is thought to be dead until he suddenly reappears at his own funeral. All three men agree to join Ron and they travel to New York. Unfortunately, they find that they are put in the unpopular late night timeslot while rival reporter Jack Lime (James Marsden) is put in a primetime slot. Jack openly mocks Ron, and in a fit of rage, Ron challenges Jack, betting that he can net more ratings than him. Ron then tries to rekindle his relationship with Veronica, only to find to his dismay that Veronica is dating another man due to his absence.

As the GNN launch nears, Ron and his team begin to panic as they try to find a way to beat Jack in ratings. Suddenly, Ron has an epiphany. Rather than telling the people what they need to hear, they should instead tell the people what they want to hear. For their news segment, they instead begin to run sensationalist and attention grabbing news stories at the cost of journalistic integrity. Their new approach to news proves to be a massive hit, with them beating Jack in ratings by a massive margin, and the other news networks begin to scramble to emulate them. Ron and his team are then promoted to primetime, where they enjoy much fame and fortune. Meanwhile, Ron catches the attention of GNN's manager, Linda Jackson (Meagan Good) and they begin dating. Brick also meets a similarly eccentric GNN office worker named Chani (Kristen Wiig) and immediately falls in love. However, all is not well, as Ron begins to let his newfound fame get to his head, and he begins to neglect his parental obligations to Walter, angering Veronica. He also gets into an argument with Brian, Champ, and Brick, angering them as well. During a party celebrating GNN becoming the highest rated news network in the nation, Ron performs an elaborate figure skating performance. However, Jack sabotages the performance by throwing a cable onto the ice, causing Ron to trip and hit his head on the ice. As a result of his head injury, Ron becomes blind.

Unable to read the news, Ron isolates himself in a remote lighthouse, but cannot adjust to living as a blind man. Veronica then arrives with Walter, wanting to help Ron overcome his blindness. Ron eventually begins to bond with his family more, as well as overcoming his disability. He finally makes a deep connection with Walter by helping him rescue a beached shark (which they name Doby) and nursing it back to health before releasing it to the ocean. Unfortunately, this idyllic life does not last, as Ron receives a message from his doctor that there is an experimental procedure that can restore his sight. Realizing that Veronica had been erasing the doctor's messages, Ron leaves angrily, gets his sight restored, and returns to GNN.

Before his comeback, Ron is once again approached by Veronica, who pleads with him to attend Walter's piano recital, as Walter had composed a piece in honor of Ron. At the same time, an exclusive news story comes in, requiring Ron to cover it. Ron goes to the set, where he proceeds to go on a rant criticizing news networks, including GNN, for focusing on ratings rather than the news and leaves the set, intending to go to Walter's recital. However, he is intercepted by Jack and the teams from a number of other national news networks, who want to kill him due to his fame. Ron's friends then arrive to defend him and a massive free for all battle ensues. Despite the fighting, Ron manages to reach Walter's recital in time.

Afterwards, Ron and his friends go to attend Brick and Chani's wedding on the beach. Ron then sees Doby in the water, and swims out to meet him despite the warnings from his friends and family. Doby then attacks Ron, but he is saved when Baxter swims out and banishes Doby back to sea. Thanking Baxter, Ron swims back to shore where his friends and family are waiting for him.

In a post-credits scene, Ron and his news team are trying to brainstorm news stories to report on when Brick ducks under the table. He begins to eat a cookie and then waves directly at the audience.




This is the first film in the series to be released by Paramount Pictures, which acquired the DreamWorks back catalog in 2006 (and owned the studio itself until 2008), including ownership of the first movie and other films from DreamWorks that were made before the Paramount merger.[4]

In May 2008, Adam McKay said that he and Will Ferrell had talked about wanting to do an Anchorman sequel, saying: "I'm looking to do another movie, I might do this other movie called Channel 3 Billion which is kind of this science fiction/Brazil-type comedy. Then after that, Will and I are like, 'let's do Anchorman 2'... so you're talking like 2 years maybe we'll do it. But we're going to do it, for sure."[5] On July 23, 2008, McKay announced that he and Ferrell had begun work on the sequel.[6] Carell and Rudd, both of whom had become major stars since Anchorman was released, agreed to take pay cuts for the movie, as did Ferrell himself.[7]

Four young men in suits
Cast members at the film's Australian premiere in November 2013

On April 29, 2010, McKay tweeted that Paramount Pictures had turned down a proposal for the sequel, despite the proposed pay cuts, saying: "So bummed. Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2. Even after we cut our budget down. We tried."[7]

In a May 2010 interview, Ferrell spoke about Paramount passing on the film, saying: "Well, you know, yeah, it’s a little peculiar. On the one hand, [we were] being begged to do a sequel for such a long time, and then we finally came up with a concept that we liked, we talked to all the guys, and everyone was up for it. And then to get the reaction we got, yeah, it’s slightly puzzling to us. But you know what? It’s also their money. They get to do or not do whatever they want. So we’ll see. We’re still going back and forth. Maybe there is a solution. Or, I know in talking to Adam, if it never happens, then it never happens. And that’s fine, too. So we’ll just see."[8] A year later, in April 2011, Ferrell publicly stated that Paramount, which owns the rights to Anchorman, had decided against the idea of a sequel, stating "We've run the numbers and it's not a good fit."[9]

In March 2012, Paramount changed their minds and agreed to make a sequel; on March 28, 2012, Ferrell officially announced the film on Conan.[10] In an interview in April 2012, McKay said that the script was a work in progress, and that the story might include a custody battle and bowling.[11] In a May 2012 interview, he was quoted as saying that nothing was set.[12]

At a charitable event in May 2012, Will Ferrell confirmed that script writing had begun and that filming would begin around February 2013, and that the film would possibly be released sometime between Fall 2013 and Christmas 2013.[13] By June 2012, parts of the story had solidified, including a move of the location from San Diego to New York,[14] and a focus on the onset of the cable news era in the 1980s.[15] In August 2012, Vince Vaughn confirmed that his character, Wes Mantooth, would appear in the film, and hinted at the possible appearance of Wes Mantooth's mother, Dorothy, who was mentioned in the first film. He expressed interest in Angela Lansbury playing the role.[16] On December 19, 2012, it was announced that the film would be released on December 20, 2013.[17] McKay confirmed in February 2013 that actress Kristen Wiig had joined the cast.[18]

Filming began in March 2013.[19] On March 4, 2013, actor Harrison Ford was spotted on set with Will Ferrell.[20] Some filming took place on St. Simons Island, Georgia starting on April 22, 2013, through May 8, 2013. Crews built a mock lighthouse and filmed a shark scene.[21] Filming took place in Atlanta, Georgia, substituting for New York City.[22] Filming was scheduled for San Diego in the end of May 2013 (May 24 at Sea World San Diego).[23] There was a casting call in San Diego on May 11, 2013.[23] Some shots were made at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey in May 2013.[24] On November 27, 2013, Paramount Pictures moved the release date up two days from December 20, 2013, to Wednesday, December 18, 2013.[25]


On March 28, 2012, actor Will Ferrell officially announced the sequel dressed in character as Ron Burgundy on the late-night talk-show Conan.[26] A teaser trailer was filmed approximately one week after Ferrell's announcement.[27] The teaser trailer, featuring Ferrell, Rudd, Koechner and Carell, premiered on May 16, 2012 in front of the movie The Dictator.[28] An online version of the trailer premiered on May 21, 2012 on the website[29] A third teaser trailer was released on YouTube on May 18, 2013, with the movie retitled as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, adding the number 2 to the title.[30] The first full theatrical trailer was released on June 19, 2013.[31] A second trailer was released on October 23, 2013 and was attached to Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.[32]

On June 5, 2013, the Newseum in Washington D.C., in collaboration with Paramount, opened an exhibition relating to the sequel, including props from the movies.[33] In October 2013, Chrysler Group LLC cross-promoted the film with a series of commercials featuring Ron Burgundy and the Dodge Durango.[34] On October 22, 2013, it was announced Ben & Jerry's would be releasing a limited edition ice cream flavor in promotion of the film called Ron Burgundy’s Scotchy Scotch Scotch.[35] On November 19, 2013, an autobiographical book called Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings was released by Will Ferrell under the Ron Burgundy moniker.[36] Paramount Pictures launched the Anchorman 2: Scotchy Scotch Toss game for Apple mobile devices on November 25, 2013,[37] and the Scotchy Scotch Toss game for Android devices on December 5, 2013.[38]

On November 30, 2013, Ferrell co-anchored a newscast on Bismarck, North Dakota's CBS affiliate KXMB-TV in character as Ron Burgundy. The next day, he made a guest appearance on TSN's coverage of the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials from Winnipeg, Manitoba.[39] On December 4, 2013, Emerson College named its School of Communication the "Ron Burgundy School of Communication" for a day.[40] On December 4, 2013, it was announced that Ferrell was scheduled to appear on SportsCenter on December 5, 2013, in character as Ron Burgundy, but that was cancelled in light of a news conference regarding sexual assault allegations against quarterback Jameis Winston.[41]

On December 9, 2013, the European premiere was held in Ireland, at the Savoy Cinema, Dublin. The director and four main cast members were in attendance.[42][43] On December 11, 2013, entertainment website IGN announced that Ron Burgundy would be a featured presenter on the site, with the site posting Burgundy-material everyday until December 18, 2013.[44] On December 13, 2013, Ferrell, Carell, Rudd and Koechner were guests on The Late Late Show on Irish television to promote the movie.[45] On December 19, 2013, Ferrell appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and performed "Ride Like the Wind" in character as Ron Burgundy with Christopher Cross.[46]


Critical response

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues received positive reviews. It holds a rating of 75% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 6.4/10, based on 149 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "It's just as uneven and loosely structured as the first Anchorman -- and while Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may not be quite as quotable, it's nearly as funny as its predecessor."[47] On Metacritic, it holds a score of 61/100 indicating "generally favorable reviews", based on 40 critics.[48]

Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice gave the film a positive review, saying "With those eyes that are a little too close together, and that confident swagger that looks as if it could disintegrate into a pratfall at any time, Ferrell makes a grand ringleader for all this nonsense."[49] Colin Covert of the Star Tribune gave the film three out of four stars, saying "It may not leave the same imprint on American culture as its super-quotable predecessor. But it has moments of howling hilarity and the improvisatory spirit that gave Ron Burgundy's origin story its shaggy, ramshackle charm."[50] Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, saying "It's bawdy, on-target in its take on what's become of TV news, and packed with wacky performers."[51] Alonso Duralde of The Wrap gave the film a negative review, saying "It's a constant barrage of joke-joke-joke, but they're all gags that take place in the moment and are immediately shoved aside for the next one. Nothing builds. There are no setups for later payoffs."[52] Rafer Guzman of Newsday gave the film a positive review, saying "This sequel may not produce any quotable lines, but to borrow one from the original: Don't act like not you're not impressed."[53] Tom Huddleston of Time Out gave the film three out of five stars, saying "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is not the disaster some feared it might be, but neither is it the endlessly quotable, deliciously idiotic follow-on so many of us were optimistically anticipating."[54] Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News gave the film two out of five stars, saying "Anchorman 2 joins Caddyshack II, Airplane II, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo and Arthur 2: On the Rocks on the list of unnecessary sequels."[55]

Kyle Smith of The New York Post gave the film two out of four stars, saying "Anchorman 2 is like watching Anchorman being re-enacted by semi-professionals trying to cover up their lapses by being extra-emphatic, super-doofy: 2013 Steve Carell does a lousy impression of 2004 Steve Carell."[56] Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film three out of four stars, saying "It's clear that the people who created the first Anchorman wanted to hang out on a set again together. That's better than getting back together just to make money."[57] Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Maybe if I liked the first Anchorman a little less, I'd like Anchorman 2 a little more. Still, I laughed."[58] Richard Roeper gave the film four out of five stars, saying "One of the funniest movies of the year, and in its own loony way, it's a sharp, dead-on satire."[59] Peter Howell of the Toronto Star gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Anchorman 2 is frequently amusing, with your personal hilarity meter likely to rate it higher if you enjoy seeing beloved characters acting even goofier than before."[60] Joe Williams of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave the film two out of four stars, saying "The movie lacks an effective comedic structure. There's nothing to stop Ferrell and co-writer/director Adam McKay from wobbling across the fine line between stupid and clever like they've had too much scotch."[61]

Ian Buckwalter of NPR gave the film a positive review, saying "Time will tell if this film is as quotable as its predecessor, but for now, Anchorman 2 coasts along quite successfully on sheer manic eccentricity."[62] A.O. Scott of The New York Times gave the film a positive review, saying "The sheer density of the jokes guarantees a few laughs for every taste ... and the loose, improvisational energy of the performers keeps things lively."[63] Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film three out of four stars, saying "The movie cleverly spoofs the 24-hour TV news cycle, as well as sexism and racism in the workplace. Not every scene is equally funny, of course, but most of the comic antics generate laughs."[64] Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a negative review, saying "While I'm glad Anchorman is back - we need a little levity in this year of heavy films - I do wish it were better."[65] Steven Rea of The Philadelphia Inquirer gave the film three out of four stars, saying "Burgundy and his goofball buddies are faced with dramas and dilemmas that may seem arbitrary and contrived on paper but have an urgent puissance onscreen, as Ferrell and company act their little hearts out. OK, not really."[66] Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B, saying "Comedy sequels generally follow the law of diminishing returns. If it has a 2—or, classier yet, a II—in the title, the smart money says that it won't be as funny as the original. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues doesn't defy that axiom, but it's still plenty hilarious in a reheated sort of way."[67]

Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic gave the film three out of five stars, saying "For almost every aspect of the movie I want to criticize, there is a corresponding defense."[68] Soren Anderson of The Seattle Times gave the film three out of four stars, saying "It's a piñata at which Ferrell & Co. swing away wildly. They often miss their mark, but when they connect, out fall the laughs in great big bunches."[69] Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Considering the improvisatory talents - even genius - of Ferrell and his co-stars, it's no surprise that laughs abound in Anchorman 2."[70] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film three out of four stars, saying "When is a movie fall-down funny even when some scenes fall flat on their fat ones? When it's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."[71] James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "At two hours, Anchorman 2 overstays its welcome by at least 20 minutes, if not longer."[72] Ty Burr of The Boston Globe gave the film a positive review, saying "See it with a crowd, laugh yourself silly, and feel slightly ashamed in the morning."[73] Scott Foundas of Variety gave the film a positive review, saying "A modestly less quotable but generously funny new adventure for scotch-and-mahogany-loving 1970s newsman Ron Burgundy, here catapulted into 1980 and the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle."[74]

Box office

In North America, the film opened at number two in its first weekend, with $26,776,000, behind The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.[75]


Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Music From The Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
ReleasedDecember 17, 2013
GenreFilm soundtrack

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Music From The Motion Picture is the soundtrack of the film. It was released on December 17, 2013, by Republic Records.[76][77]

Track listing
1."A Message from Ron Burgundy"  Ron Burgundy0:51
2."Ride Like the Wind"  Christopher Cross3:54
3."Change"  John Waite3:13
4."Ladykillers"  Ron Burgundy & Brian Fantana0:17
5."Every 1′s a Winner"  Hot Chocolate4:49
6."Shilo"  Neil Diamond3:23
7."Life Isn’t a Fairy Tale"  Ron Burgundy & Walter Burgundy0:27
8."White Lines"  Grandmaster Melle Mel4:28
9."This Is It"  Kenny Loggins3:55
10."Another Message from Ron Burgundy"  Ron Burgundy0:55
11."Thunder Island"  Jay Ferguson4:00
12."Doby"  Ron Burgundy2:00
13."Whammy Chicken"  Champ Kind0:26
14."I’d Really Love to See You Tonight"  England Dan & John Ford Coley2:37
15."Muskrat Love"  Captain & Tennille3:46
16."RV Reminiscing"  Ron Burgundy & Brick Tamland0:30
17."Lonesome Billy"  Peter Tevis & Ennio Morricone1:49
18."Have an American Night"  Ron Burgundy0:22
19."Hold Your Head Up"  Argent3:15
20."Ride Like the Wind"  Robin Thicke & Ron Burgundy6:07
21."A Final Message from Ron Burgundy"  Ron Burgundy0:20


Will Ferrell spoke about the possibility of a third Anchorman film stating: "I'm sure they would, But I don't know. We just want to see what happens with this one and we'll sit down and assess all of that. Right now, we're just enjoying this journey."[78] Steve Carell said "We'll see how this one goes," and "If people like it, maybe 10 years from now we'll do a third."[79]


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