But a lot has happened in those 10 years between the two films, mostly the fact that while most of the original’s stars were already recognizable, they are now superstars and have since headlined many of their movies.
And that one fact seems to be the only thing that affects the film.
It’s now 1980, and Burgundy and his now-wife Veronica Corningstone, played by Christina Applegate, are now co-anchors on a prestigious New York news station. They have been hoping to get the nightly news spot when Mack Harken, the most famous nightly news anchor played by Harrison Ford, retires.
It doesn’t go according to plan when Corningstone gets the promotion, making her the first female nightly news anchor, and Burgundy gets fired.
He’s so hurt, he heads back to San Diego, leaving his wife and son back in New York as his life spirals out of control.
He’s later approached by the head of an all-new, 24-hour cable news program who desperately want him to help them launch the station.
Burgundy agrees, only if he can reassemble his old news team. They agree, so he sets off on a road trip to reunite the cast of the original played by Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner.
As mentioned earlier, this is where the movie gets a bit lost. All the stars have had their share of successes at the box office since then, so everyone has more lines and sort of seems to be elbowing their jokes in front of everyone else’s. Most notably Carell, who gets his own subplot in the film and a love interest played by SNL alum Kristen Wiig. Whereas in the original he just sort of hung around in the background and said strange, yet hilarious quips, in this one it’s like his shtick and is oft times over used.
The film is pretty much as random as the first with a loose plot line flowing through the off-the-wall humor and random celebrity cameos.
Speaking of cameos, just like in the first one, all of the rival news anchors come together to battle, but this time it’s the cable news anchors. And there’s a ton of them. From the BBC to the History Channel to MTV News to the ESPN-like Sports Channel anchors, they all converge to battle and are all led by numerous celebrities from the likes of Will Smith and Kanye West to Sacha Baron Cohen and Jim Carrey. It takes longer actually to introduce the characters in the battle than the actual battle itself.
Oh, and there’s a hybrid were-hyena that has a pretty funny cameo.
The film is funny, though it may not be as funny as the first. This one seems more like a series of skits and sketches strung together to highlight each actors’ best qualities.
It’s in no way a bad comedy, just a sort of unnecessary one. There’s always a surprise just around the corner, but, ultimately, the film falls under the weight of its famous stars.
But if you have nearly two hours to kill and love watching these guys in action, you’ll have a fun time.
Just remember to keep it classy.
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is playing at Rio 6 Cinemas, 806 E. Houston St. in Beeville.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.