Full ‘Anchorman 2’ Trailer Voids Any Hope For Funny Sequel

In the pantheon of somewhat amusing things run into the ground by an appalling fan base, the first Anchorman film certainly has a place of pride. Its admittedly enjoyable premise—satirizing the sexual mores of the 1970s with three-degrees less subtlety than Mad Men employs when mocking the 1960s—became something for fratty, Family Guy-watching bros to quote without the slightest sense of irony. Anchorman 2 should almost definitely make things worse.

Even for a sequel, the set-up here is drab: instead of the 1970s, it’s the 1980s, because times change and also they ran out of 1970s jokes in the first movie. The original news team—Ron, Champ, Brian and Brick, and maybe the newswoman played by Christina Applegate, if they remember—set out to create a 24-hour news channel, so expect lots of potshots at CNN. Thankfully, the network fully deserves them.

The flip side to this plot is Will Ferrell’s terminally-oblivious Ron Burgundy is dating a black woman, which gives him the opportunity to spout racist commentary at dinner with her extended family. Humor! What remains to be seen is which of the seemingly hundreds of cameos will be worst: the cast, according to IMDb, includes Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Kirsten Dunst, Sacha Baron Cohen, Harrison Ford, Kanye West, Greg Kinnear, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, none of whom exactly need to lend their name to trash like this. Okay, maybe Kanye. 

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Paul Rudd Shows off New Cologne in ‘Anchorman 2’ Trailer

Once upon a time, there was a San Diego anchorman named Ron Burgundy, and a movie called Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and the phenomenon launched a myriad of catchphrases that spread across frat parties and Facebook pages faster than cold germs on a commuter train. This December, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate return to the big screen as San Diego’s finest news team.

The former four appear in the latest teaser for the film, done up in their news team finery and offering sound advice, as well as iterations of beloved tropes from the last movies. Paul Rudd’s Brian Fantana has swapped out the pungent and 60% irresistible Sex Panther for a new cologne, called "Venom," that is literally just snake venom. And, fresh off his The Office encore appearance, Carell reprises another beloved role, Brick Tamland, offering some sound advice and wishing everyone a Happy Easter. Watch the trailer below, and brace yourselves for the catchphrases, hype and the existential dread that comes with a new onslaught of parody Twitter accounts, that will appear in the months to come.

The ‘Anchorman 2’ Teaser Checklist

Fans who jumped up and down like an animated gif waiting to happen after hearing the news that Will Ferrell’s beloved and oft-quoted Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy would be getting a sequel now have the delight of a teaser trailer for the film, coming in at under a minute and appearing at cinemas near you. Maybe.

The teaser for the film (due out in 2013), doesn’t include much indication as to what the plot will be. It’s just Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) and the rest of his news team doing what they do best: shooting off lines that people you dislike will put in their Facebook profiles someday.

That said, there were some lines fans will enjoy. To recap, here’s a checklist of tropes from the last film featured in this teaser:

  • Weird combovers, Greg Brady hair and ’70s threads? Check.
  • Ron Burgundy making a nonsensical motivational imperative statement? Check.
  • References to scotch? Check.
  • A same-mannequin-different-outfit reiteration of the "Invitation to the pants party" / "I love lamp" exchange? Check.
  • Steve Carell as Brick Tamland making everyone in the theatre uncomfortable? Check.
  • (Ron Burgundy addressing the people of America? Check.
  • Him telling us to "stay classy" in the process? Uncheck.)
  • Use of "Grazin’ In The Grass" by the Friends of Distinction? Check.
  • Veronica Corningstone? Uncheck, which seems pretty unfair, as the whole point of the last movie was getting them to the point of equal billing, becoming co-anchors as well as co-people.