It didn't click immediately for me....and some of it is admittedly uneven. Early on, I was still unconvinced. There were laughs sure, but more of the chuckle variety than the belly laugh kind. Plus it is kind of a weird thing to say...but I was pretty ambivalent about Kristen Wiig's much-hyped appearance. I just wasn't sure at first what this movie was actually offering that made it worth the time or effort. It's not as tight of a film as the first...most likely because its predecessor tells a simple story, and this one is trying to tackle a lot. But once the plot sets in and the commentary it is going for comes to the forefront...well I kind of had a ball with it. Basic rule of thumb, if you enjoyed the first film...you'll probably feel similar about this one (meaning, I'd pretty much recommend it only to fans.) And considering the amount of time that's passed, I consider that quite a feat.
The humor is similar, as is the level of crudeness so keep that in mind. For fans...there are several instant classic moments, and the other stuff that will probably just have to grow on you over time. This won't convert anyone that wasn't already won over by Ron Burgundy the first time around, but luckily I really don't think it will disappoint those who love the first movie. I was certainly prepared to be pretty critical of it. But...it made me laugh. A lot. I have to say, it's the funniest thing Will Ferrell has done in years. I'm actually just gonna leave it at that because I went in trying to know as little as possible, and I think that's a good thing to try and do. If you loved the first, you'll find plenty of things to laugh at again. EMILY RATING: 8