'Anchorman 2' Is Packed With Laughs

"It's gonna be the hit of the holiday season," says Peter Travers

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Dateline – At the Movies with Peter Travers, bringing you a special news bulletin: After almost a decade, the sequel everyone's been waiting for has finally arrived. And while Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may not be flawless, our fearless critic has plenty to applaud.

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The entire Anchorman crew returns for the much-anticipated sequel, with Will Ferrell reprising his role as the lovable, teleprompter-dependent buffoon Ron Burgundy, Paul Rudd as the skeevy reporter Brian Fantana, Steve Carrell as tnot-so-smart weatherman Brick Tamland and David Koechner as the bigoted, horn-dogging sports guy Champ Kind. Ferrell and director Adam McKay also handled the screenwriting duties, and while Travers notes that Anchorman 2 is essentially the same movie as its predecessor, it's nevertheless packed with laughs.

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The film picks up in the 1980s, a few years after the first left off, with Burgundy and wife Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) tag-teaming the nightly news until Burgundy finds himself fired. Jobless, he heads to New York City, where he's propositioned with working for a brand new 24-hour cable news channel. "As Ron Burgundy says, 'That's the stupidest idea I've ever heard of,'" Travers recalls, adding that McKay and Ferrell actually make it "a hilarious idea: To hold Ron Burgundy responsible for not only CNN but the infotainment plague that Fox News still brings us all the time."

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Travers has nothing but praise for the performances of the entire Channel 4 News Team – particularly Carrell's turn as the worst weatherman in the world – all of whom help the film earn a solid passing grade. As Travers points out, there's plenty in Ron Burgundy's flag-waving to remind you of the overly-patriotic rating stunts pulled over on Fox News: "You'll laugh," he says, "but a little of that laugh will stick in your throat, because Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is gonna be, I think, the hit of the holiday season."

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