MOTW: "Anchorman 2" Notable Quotes

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December 18th, 2013

MOTW: "Anchorman 2" Notable Quotes

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" opens on December 18, 2013, bringing back Ron Burgundy and the News Team for one more shot at glory. It will no doubt prove to be as quotable as the original film, and even the trailers provide a hint of the brilliant humor that awaits audiences. Here are just a few of the best lines.

5. Ron: "Oh, whoa! Whoa! You feel that right away! Oh, it's just refreshing!"

In a parody of the gimmicks local news broadcasts have been known to use in an attempt to retain their audiences, the News Team does an expose on a new plague sweeping the nation—crack cocaine. However, in their usual clueless stride, the team acquires some of the drug and brings it into the studio for a live "taste test." After lighting up, Ron (Will Ferrell) comments on the drug's quick effects, and the debacle proves to be one of the factors that cripples his career.

4. Brick: "Your hair looks like wet popcorn."
Chani: "I like the parts of your face that are covered with skin."

Steve Carell stole the show in the first "Anchorman" film as Brick Tamland, the team's perpetually confused and possibly insane weatherman. In the sequel, Brick meets Chani (Kirsten Wiig), a woman just as off-kilter as he is, and in his inimitable way, he offers her a categorically Brick compliment. Chani replies in kind, making it obvious that these two were made for each other. Wiig and Carell both have the comedy chops to make this on-screen pairing one to remember.

3. Ron: "Who's hungry for some chimichangas?"

Some of the best moments of the original "Anchorman" were its brilliant physical comedy gags, and "Anchorman 2" looks to continue the tradition. In this scene, the News Team is traveling down the highway in their Winnebago when Ron decides to make the crew some chimichangas in the built-in deep fryer. Leaving the wheel ("Don't worry, it's on cruise control"), he hops into the back to cook, only for the vehicle to go out of control and begin tumbling down the highway. The resulting tumble sends hot oil, pans and dishes, a pile of bowling balls, and inexplicably, a scorpion flying through the air in a wild slow-motion crash sequence.

2. Brick: "Where's my legs? I don't have any legs, Ron!"

While Steve Carell has played some relatively straight-man roles in the past, he is at his best when he's in the throes of a full-tilt freak out. In this scene, Brick encounters a green screen for the first time, and unfortunately, his lime green pants pick up the chroma key effect, rendering his legs invisible. Predictably, Brick completely fails to grasp what's going on, and when he sees that his legs are missing in the monitor, he has a world-class meltdown while the cameras are rolling. Fans should expect a substantial number of hilarious outtakes from this one.

1. Ron: "You're not black or Asian. What are you?"
New Hire: "I'm gay."
Champ: "Do you sleep in a coffin?"
New Hire: "No, that's vampires."
Brian: "Are you allowed to be out in the sun?"
New Hire: "Those are also vampires."
Brick: "Are you a vampire?"
New Hire: "No, I'm gay."

Ron Burgundy and his News Team are many things, but progressive is not one of them. In this scene, they attempt to scope out a new face at the studio and question how a white man got hired in the midst of a push for increased diversity. When the new member of the team reveals that he's gay, it frankly doesn't compute for these relics of the 1970s, leading to a series of confused questions and culminating with Brick's excited guess about the true nature of their new coworker.

Bonus: Brian: "I've had four of my seven illegitimate children using this condom."
Ron: "But Brian, isn't that the whole point of wearing a condom, to not impregnate the woman?"
Brian: "Well, you know the old expression. Nope."

While Brick may be the most obviously clueless member of the team, Paul Rudd's Brian Fantana definitely has his hilarious blind spots, such as his "Sex Panther" cologne in the first film that "smells like pure kerosene." In this scene, Brick has a date, and Brian offers up a selection from his substantial collection of condoms. As Brian extols the virtues of each brand, he quips about his emotional attachment to this particular variety and how it has served him in the past. Only Ron seems to realize that perhaps this one condom isn't as lucky as Brian seems to think it is.