Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (15) **

Ron Burgundy and co head out again in hit and miss sequel Anchorman 2.
Ron Burgundy and co head out again in hit and miss sequel Anchorman 2.
Filmmakers Matthew Harrison and Summer Greenwood on the set of their short film, Son of Perdition Picture: Nathan Valentine

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You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and dogs don’t come much mangier than chauvinistic, self-absorbed television newsman, Ron Burgundy.

Will Ferrell’s buffoonish alter-ego, staggers bleary-eyed into the 1980s in Adam McKay’s overlong and sporadically hilarious sequel.

After falling on hard times, Ron and his faithful news crew - Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) make a career comeback when they are offered work with New York’s first 24-hour news station.

There are star turns from Christen Wiig as a love interest for Brick and Sacha Baron Cohen’s pompous BBC reporter, but like its predecessor, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is more miss than hit, allowing a number of running jokes to wheeze far beyond a point of comfort.

At almost two hours, McKay’s film is overstuffed with superfluous nonsense that will delight only ardent fans of the 2004 film with few quoteable one liners and many recycled gags. But if it’s already broke, why fix it?