- Will Ferrell plays Ron again, and yes, while the marketing campaign for this movie seems to have been all-emcompasing, it’s well worth it. He’s in top form again, and if you can get by his bottom teeth (they are terrible), he is hilarious in this role. Again, it’s the side characters that make the movie funny, and I found there to be less Ron and more of them in this one, which I appreciated. In case you missed the marketing blitz that Ferrell was on for this movie (I really don't see how that would be possible), Burgundy showed up in several Dodge commercials, anchored an entire newscast in Bismarck, North Dakota, did a bit on ESPN, and opened the Curling Olympic trials:
- Steve Carell plays Brick Tamland, who really is dumb. There’s just no other way to say it. Carell plays him just right, making him sweet and stupid, and loyal to his friends, instead of a one-note dumb joke. Yes, there are jokes about how dumb he is, but there is always the underlying tenderness. They made a smart move in this movie in bringing in Kristen Wiig to play a co-worker that Brick falls for. And yes, that bit about him worrying that his legs are gone is as funny as you think.
- Paul Rudd is always great, and he’s great in this. Brian Fantana had been making an excellent living taking photos of cats when Ron comes to collect him. He commits 100% to all the nonsense happening around him, and is hilarious.
- Dave Koechner who was on SNL just as will Farrell was arriving, plays Champ Kind, who is really a horrible person. He has opened a fried chicken franchise in San Diego and has been working there when Ron comes to collect him. Koechner is always someone I prefer in moderation, and he’s at just the right level of crazy in this movie.
- Christina Applegate returns as Veronica Corningstone. She and Ron have a 6 year old child, and she starts dating a psychologist after she and Ron split. This is really just an opportunity for Greg Kinnear to show up and act silly as the psychologist, but I certainly appreciate it. Applegate gets a little more to do in this, which is nice. She is an exceptional comedienne (I really liked Up All Night), and in the first one, really played the ‘straight guy’ to all the crazy characters. In this one, she gets to have some moments of her own.
- Meagan Good, who was also in Think Like a Man and Deception on TV, stars as Linda Jackson, the no nonsense boss of the team at the new 24 hour news station. She’s funny, but one-note, not that anything more is required of her. She’s really pretty, and while she doesn’t get a chance to be hilarious in this, I hope to see her in more comedies.
- James Marsden continues to remind you how underrated he is by playing Jack Lime – Ron’s competitor at the station, and the anchor for the primetime news slot. Marsden is hilarious whenever he’s allowed to be, and the best parts of him in this one are his non-verbal reactions.
- Josh Lawson plays Kench Allenby, the Austrailian mogul who is funding the station. He gets some pretty funny flip-out sequences.
- Dylan Baker – the original Dr. Curt Conners – plays Freddie Shapp, the guy who recruits Ron and team into this new setup. He basically plays off Ferrell, but does a good job at that.
Bonus Video 1: The news team fight from the first. And I do mean it when I say the one in the second is even better.
Bonus Video 2: Stranger than Fiction. In case you forgot about this movie, you should check it out. Proof that Ferrell is better than you think. Also, he brings her flours.