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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Double Trailer Whammy

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Subtitling your film The Legend Continues is almost asking to get slapped by the critics, but, in the case of Anchorman 2, we may well have the only comedy franchise to be completely bulletproof in that regard.

It doesn’t hurt that Will Ferrell is a bit of a fan favorite. His usual output – films like The Other Guys, Blades of Glory, and, of course, the original Anchorman – may accrue a steady flow of three-star reviews, but they’ve all been hits. The main reason I’d say for that is generally the inspired improv.

According to IMDb, the cast of the first film would do up to 20 versions of the same reaction with presumably the funniest version ending up in the finished product. At the very least, it tends to make for entertaining trailers, even if your favorite moments don’t always make it into the final onscreen edit.

In any case, here are the new domestic and international trailers for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Apart from a revealing peek at what international audiences seem to be looking for in a trailer versus domestic ones – apparently Americans don’t like plot (who’d-a thought it?), it also thankfully shows that Ron Burgundy and the gang haven’t lost much by the way of wacky charm.

From Brick Tamland screaming hysterically as the speaker at his own funeral to a knowingly contrived set-up involving a terrarium full of scorpions, a bag full of bowling balls, and a Winnebago on cruise control (and, in the international version, a in-built deep-fat fryer), it seems the sequel certainly isn’t bereft of ideas, at least,

Directed by Adam McKay of the firstĀ Anchorman, as well as Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg starrer The Other Guys, Anchorman, Anchorman 2 takes our heroes into the 80s with the birth of the 24-hour news cycle and a soundtrack of Jimmy Buffett and Journey.

There’s some cute, if somewhat on-the-nose commentary on racial and sexual politics (“Black… Black… Black” & “Are you a vampire?”). There’s also a shot of Ron obliviously feeding a struggling shark and Brick takes out an innocent bystander. As the Channel 4 news-team might ask, who says news can’t be fun?

With plenty of Steve Carrell quotables (“I don’t have any legs, Ron…”) and a few fresh faces, Anchorman 2 might just end up being Anchorman reheated, but at least it doesn’t look like an Airplane 2.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is due out in the UK and US on December 20th.

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  • Sheridan Passell said

    Hm. I’m a huge Anchorman fan, but those trailers were surprisingly not as funny as I was expecting.

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