Having romped around the harmlessly inane world of local television news in the original, well-coiffed anchorman Ron Burgundy & Co. (Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Paul Rudd) enter a world that is much more serious and in much more need of lampooning: the nightmare of infotainment, pandering, and propaganda that is cable television news. It's the sort of embiggening that a sequel demands, but the film isn't much interested in the challenge. (If anything, it makes fun of the challenge: Carell's weatherman, once merely simple, goes full nutjob in this one.) This isn't satire, or even spoof - it's farce. If you expect more than that, *fart noise*. The great majority of the proceedings are devoted to Ron's ridiculous personal life, '80s callbacks, and an endless barrage of gags. It's very likely that you'll laugh at some of them. Possibly in spite of yourself. With Christina Applegate. (2013) — Matthew Lickona
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