Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


Will Ferrell returns as Ron Burgundy in the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Ron Burgundy and his beautiful news anchor wife, Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy (Christina Applegate) faces divorce after Ron is fired and Veronica is promoted to primetime news anchor. Ron travels across San Diego to reassemble the Channel 4 news team to take over a new 24-hour news channel, Global News Network (GNN).

Led by news executive Linda Jackson (Meagan Good), Ron Burgundy, the gullible weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), the cat loving investigative reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and racist sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner) must redeem themselves on a national news market.

Any movie with Will Ferrell and Steve Carrell is a simple combination for idiotic humor. The movie was everywhere. Although there was a definite plot, the scenes were sporadic and sometimes, did not make sense. The broad, goofy outlook is a testament to the type of work Will Ferrell produces. Anchorman Man 2 is very similar to the other Ferrell movies such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Blades of Glory (2007), and Stepbrothers (2008).

Meagan Good serves as the token Black woman for the first Anchorman lacked diversity. The only problem is her character was corny and pointless. Linda Jackson’s sole purpose is to provide a great seaway to the epic Black dinner scene. And I am no MAC cosmetic consultant, but I’m certain that her eyebrows were drawn on by an infant. I was afraid. In the 1970s, did women wear their eyebrows like that?

Despite Good’s questionable presence, this movie review could have easily been dedicated to the other numerous, awesome cameos. In the first few second of Anchorman 2, multiplatinum rapper and former Degrassi star, Drake, makes a special appearance that will make you chuckle. Acting is what put Drake on the map and I’ve always wondered why he can’t continue to utilize that craft in addition to rapping. Other memorable cameos include Will Smith, Vince Vaughn, Kanye West, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, and Jim Carrey.

2013 was a big year for sequels. Earlier in the year, I projected the success of animated sequels but it seems as if all eleven sequels of 2013 made a significant impact on the film industry.

Sequel Box Office Opening Weekend Gross:
Movie Release Date Opening Weekend Gross
1.) Monsters University 6/21 $82.4 million
2.) Despicable Me 2 7/3 $83.5 million
3.) Red 2 7/19 $18 million
4.) Smurfs 2 7/31 $17.5 million
5.) Kick Ass 2 8/16 $13.3 million
6.) Insidious Chapter 2 9/13 $40.3 million
7.) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 9/27 $34 million
8.) Thor: A Dark World 11/8 $85.7 million
9.) Best Man Holiday 11/15 $30.1 million
10.) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 11/22 $158 million
11.) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 12/13 $73.6 million
(Courtesy of Box Office Mojo, an IMDb company ©)

We will have to wait to see if Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues will also have a strong sequel box office opening weekend. Ninja 2 is this year’s last sequel and it will be released on New Year’s Eve.

3 STARS: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is stupid funny! It takes a special person, including myself, to understand the dynamics of Will Ferrell’s senseless comedy.

Grown Ups 2 (7.15.13)


Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and David Spade are back together again for Grown Ups 2. Three years after the first Grown Ups, Lenny (Sandler), Kurt (Rock), Eric (James), and Higgy (Spade) are back in their hometown and all dealing with new family issues.

After Lenny moves back to Stanton, he wants to readjust to the rural setting as his wife, Roxie (Salma Hayek) pressures him about a fourth child. Kurt spends his day dodging cable customers and using his “Get Out of Jail Free Card” on his wife Deanne (Maya Rudolph) as she forgot their 20th wedding anniversary. Eric secretly hides out at his mom’s house to get pampered and feed well. Whereas, Higgy finds out he has a teenage son and just to further complicate his new parenthood, his son is a straight menace to society.

Like the first Grown Ups, the four friends find themselves in deep water with their spouses, children, and they even managed to piss off a local arrogant group of frat guys. Adam Sandler can’t help but to remind you that this is a movie with his unrealistic encounters such as a deer peeing on him as he lies in bed. Besides its fictitious occurrences, Grown Ups 2 has some special guests like former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and former WWE wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

A Happy Madison Production

I can honestly say there isn’t an Adam Sandler movie that I didn’t enjoy. One of the most impressing gestures Adam Sandler consistently commits to is hiring his own actor friends like Steve Buscemi, Peter Dante, John Turturro, Allen Covert and Rob Schneider, whom all had roles in Waterboy, Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, and 50 First Dates. Rob Schneider did not appear in Grown Ups 2 because his wife was pregnant during the shooting of the film. We certainly missed his dim-witted humor in the sequel, but Schneider did welcome a healthy baby girl, Miranda, in late 2012. I can’t think of a better reason to miss out on such a great movie.

Do you remember the 3 sisters from Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls? Well, the youngest sister, China Anne McClain is a bright, young rising actress. In Grown Ups 2, she plays Kurt’s only daughter, Charlotte McKenzie and shows off her beautiful singing voice as she dazzles as with her many gifts. Full of energy and a bubbly personality, Miss China clearly will have a prosperous acting career.

3 STARS: Like all Adam Sandler movies, Grown Ups 2 consists of outrageous humor that only Adam Sandler could come up with! Grown Ups 2 is in theatres July 12th

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