The sequel to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Several years after the end of the first film, it's 1980 and Ron and Veronica are successful co-hosts of the GWN weekend newscast in New York City, with a son to boot. When Veronica is promoted to anchor GWN's weeknight newscast and Ron fired, Ron gives her an ultimatum: Him, or the job.Six months after Veronica leaves him, and shortly after being fired from SeaWorld in San Diego, Ron is approached to take part in GNN, the first ever 24-hour news station. While he is skeptical, he doesn't have any other prospects, so he reassembles his old news team and attempts to do the best job he can...in the 2 AM timeslot. What ensues will change television news forever, but their lives and those of the people around them will also be changed in far more — and far more absurd — ways than one.A Re-Cut of the film titled Super Sized R Rated Edition was released in theaters for one week beginning February 28, 2014
Ashes to Crashes: Invoked by Champ Kind in the R-rated version when he mentions human ashes being an ingredient in one of the items on his restaurant's menu.
Attending Your Own Funeral: Brick shows up at his own funeral (they'd written him off as dead when he swam out to sea and disappeared for a year), promising to find his "killer". The guys eventually convince him that he is, in fact, still alive.
Author Tract: There's a none-too-subtle criticism of the modern news industry throughout.
Award Bait Song: Parodiedand played straight with "Doby". Its tune and theme is meant to mock these kind of songs, but Paramount actually campaigned for it to win Best Original Song at the Oscars (sadly, it did not get nominated).
Back for the Dead: After saving Ron Burgundy from Jack Lame, Wes apparently dies in an explosion caused by the spilt fuel from his motorcycle...the flame came from Brick. However, the Expanded Universe book Let Me Off at the Top! says that Wes is still alive in the New Tens.
Bad Liar: Ron tries to lie about his Bungled Suicide... except he just tells the truth in a tone that sounds like lying.
Bait and Switch: Ladies' man Brian Fantana is taking photographs and making suggestive comments, only for the camera to switch to his subjects: kittens.
Early in the movie, Ron claims to be Mexican. Later, when trying to get a cab, he laments that Mexicans can never get cabs. These gags are particularly interesting in light of the Expanded Universe book Let Me Off at the Top!, which is purportedly Ron's 2013 memoir. It turns out that he thinks Mexicans are inferior to Americans (among other things, he thinks their brains are underdeveloped due to the hot sun)...
Champ calls bats "chicken of the cave" when justifying serving them at his restaurant in lieu of chicken, then later calls cats "chicken of the rail yard" when talking to Brian about his cat photography.
A subtle, possible unintentional one: Brick makes several references to the future that appear to be either gags (like talk of jetpacks) or anachronistic mistakes (like quoting the Ghostbusters theme a few years before it was released). They are never mentioned again, if at all. But then later... in the final battle he has a sci-fi raygun of some sort.
Catch Phrase: As part of his revamp of the way news is done, Ron ends his broadcasts with "Don't just have a good night, have an American night."
Chroma Key: Brick comes in during St. Patrick's Day, dressed for the occasion, and goes on live to do the weather. Hilarity Ensues.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Kench Allerby, who apparently murdered someone before the events of the film began (but was cleared of all charges) and later urges Linda to kill a story that would reveal a massive flaw in his company's jets.
Corpsing: Christina Applegate can clearly be seen losing her shit just before each camera angle switch in the opening screaming scene.
Crippling Overspecialization: As a man who's made his living reading news off the teleprompter, Ron is so focused on seeing things that being rendered blind renders him incapable of performing even the most basic tasks, including ones that involve little or no use of sight.
Cute Kitten: Brian is shown photographing them in his introduction.
Denser and Wackier: From the subplot of Ron adopting a pet Shark to the final battle which includes a soul sucking Stonewall Jackson and Harrison Ford turning into a were-hyena, this trope is in full force for this sequel.
Description Cut: Ron challenges Mack Tannen to name one instance where he screwed up on the air. Cut to three clips of Ron shouting the news (the teleprompter was in all caps), cursing on-air after mispronouncing "President Carter", and sneezing on the camera lens.
Embarrassing Last Name: As part of a bet with Ron on who will get better ratings, Jack Lime is forced to rename himself to Jack Lame (and isn't allowed any creative pronunciation). When he protests, Ron offers the even more embarrassing alternatives of "Art Areola" or "Steve Anus" (and again, Ron doesn't give him choice in pronunciation).
Ron also suggests "Dick Phuc" as a way to help Jack connect with his Vietnamese audience.
Funny Background Event: Whenever Ron is getting makeup applied at the newsdesk, Brick is one of the people applying it.
How We Got Here: The film opens with Ron being attacked by a shark. It then cuts back to the beginning of the story and works its way back...
Hyperspace Arsenal: Brick somehow procures a futuristic ray gun for the news brawl! (Note that he had previously been carrying a trident.)
No Indoor Voice: See 'Black Gal On White Guy Drama' above. Ron apologises that he can't control the volume of his voice.
Noodle Implements: As part of some crazy incident he was involved in, Ron has a bag of bowling balls and a scorpion case in his RV.
Non-Fatal Explosions: For Ron and his crew, at least, a gasoline explosion leaves them merely charred and smoking.
OOC Is Serious Business: After Ron yells at Brick, Brian's angry response ("Hey! You don't yell at Brick!") is perhaps the only line in the film with no trace of humour in the delivery, making it seem deadly serious by comparison.
Psychic Powers: Ron assumes Gary has them after being told Gary is a psychologist. Gary's attempts to convince him otherwise fall on deaf ears, especially since he twice dodges Ron's punches. It turns out he really does have psychic powers, and uses them to save Ron during the news brawl.
Putting the Band Back Together: Ron does this with the news team over the course of the first act, all of them having left Channel 4 in one way or another since the last movie. In order:
Champ was fired from Channel 4 for going on a drunken racist rant on air, but slipped on a wet floor on the way out and used the settlement money to open a fried chicken restaurant that serves bats (and implicitly cats).
Brian became a celebrity cat photographer living in a mansion.
Brick was lost at sea and pronounced dead... and thought he was dead as a result. After some convincing from the rest of the news team, Brick realizes he's not dead and rejoins them.
Re Cut: The Super Sized R Rated Edition uses alternate takes and scenes with some added content. The most notable differences:
Brick apparently was a bounty hunter in Hawaii during the year he was presumed lost.
The Winnebago scene replaces the bowling ball and scorpions with a deep frier.
In one version, all three items are in the Winnebago. Champ gets hot oil on his face when the Winnebago rolls over but there's no evidence of damage in any scene after that
A couple of musical numbers are thrown in though the Doby song is removed. In fact the Doby arc is severely cut down.
There is an extended scene showing Ron, Brian and Champ smoking crack.
Prior to sucking his soul, the ghost of Stonewall Jackson lest Ron ask him three questions.
Serial Escalation: The film has an even crazier news brawl than the first. Liam Neeson joins the fray with a minotaur and the ghost of Stonewall Jackson, Harrison Ford is a were-hyena, and Will Smith is able to call in jets to strafe the opposition.
Throwing Out The Script: In the finale, Ron ditches the teleprompter and gets into a scathing critique of the news format he has helped invent (with more than a little Author Avatar shining through), then apologizes to his friends, outs Kench's airline as garbage, and leaves to see his son's recital.
The outcome of the big newscaster battle is unknown as well. The Canadian News Team are all seen being poisoned by Brian's Sex Panther grenade, and the MTV News is presumably blown up when Brick fires his ray gun at them.
Jack Lime and Wes Mantooth also vanish when Brick lights celebratory fireworks on a the gasoline spill, although considering the fact that Ron and the news team turn up unharmed following said explosion, it's likely the explosion was either somehow non-fatal, or they moved out of the way in time.
What the Hell, Hero?: The news team gets on Ron's case after he kills Brian's story about the defective jets without an adequate explanation, then snaps at them when they push the issue, accusing him of being more concerned with ratings than reporting. Ron then insults Brick, making Champ and Brian even angrier.
Worst News Judgement Ever: With the help of his team, Ron Burgundy effectively invents this to draw eyeballs to the 2 AM newscast, with a run of features that consists solely of sensational fluff stories about celebrities, adorable animals, gimmicky sports highlights, and tributes to American patriotism.
Your Soul Is Mine: The ghost of Stonewall Jackson has the power to steal peoples' souls, and almost takes Ron's.