I knew this would suck, but I had no idea it would suck so loudly. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell return as the 70s TV newsmen from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
(2004), recruited this time around for a pioneering 24-hour cable network. The jokes are more weird than funny, and Ferrell and Carell, never the most subtle of performers, labor to put them across by bellowing, howling, and screeching; watching them work is like being locked in a broom closet full of Tourette's victims. Because the first movie was a gigantic hit, everyone wants in at the teat now; the blue-chip supporting cast includes Kristen Wiig, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison Ford, and a last-minute reprise of the original movie's street-rumble gag draws cameos from Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Marion Cotillard, Vince Vaughn, Liam Neeson, Kanye West, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, John C. Reilly, and Kirsten Dunst. Adam McKay directed; the movie opens Wednesday.