Excerpt: In their big, expensive, hyper-marketed Christmas studio movie, they’re doing the same kind of Fox-mocking that Jon Stewart does every night. But there is an argument to be made that what they’re doing is ballsier.
Excerpt: The film seems to have been made under the assumption that fans of the Anchorman brand are game to accept a certain more-is-better attitude from its makers. Such an outlook doesn’t always yield unqualified success, of course, but it guarantees that within a wall-to-wall barrage of jokes, at least some of them are likely to land.
Excerpt: There are some familiar callbacks that still work, but they comfort rather than surprise. Director/co-writer Adam McKay lets the nominal plot of the thing run too long, but there’s lots of chortles, guffaws, and belly-shakers to be had, and all involved should suffer no embarrassment in relation to the movie’s revered legacy.
Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Excerpt: When it’s funny you laugh. When it’s not you appreciate the effort.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: The same menu of bizarre non-sequiturs and surrealistic stupidity.