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Wake Up, Ron Burgundy
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by Collin Souter

"By the beard of Zeus, it's funny!"
4 stars

Iíll never forget when I first saw the Will Farrell comedy ďAnchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyĒ and how I couldnít stop laughing during its 90+ minute running time. I loved the characters, the way director Adam McKay captured the time period without calling attention to the radical differences between then and now and, of course, the anchorman rumble, which could very well have been the funniest scene of the year. My heart sank when I saw that America didnít share my sentiment. The movie didnít rake in much, but what did I expect? Itís absurdist humor. You either get it or you donít. Those of us who got it and love it are in for a treat.

ďWake Up, Ron BurgundyĒ is quite a Christmas gift. It arrives on DVD packaged with the original ďAnchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyĒ and could very well be the first movie comprised solely of outtakes. Itís hard to write a review for a movie that can be categorized as both a sequel and a re-make, but thatís essentially what this is. Itís an all new feature-length adventure with a thin storyline just like the original.

In fact, much of this sequel plays out just like the original, from the development of Burgundyís relationship with Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) to Burgundy getting fired from the station. To fans of the original, much of this will be very familiar, but youíll notice different takes and variations. Itís a bit choppier than the original and wouldnít make for a good movie on its own, but do you really care? Probably not. Hereís what you need to know: ITíS HILARIOUS!

I can probably just end the review right there. If youíre a fan, but youíre not sure about this second movie and not sure you want to spend the extra $10 for the new movie, SPEND IT! Itís worth it, if for no other reason than to watch the scene in which Burgundy must improvise the news without the teleprompter. Now, if this came out as an ordinary sequel that we actually had to wait for and this was the script they cranked out and they actually set out to make this movie, I might not be this forgiving. Thatís part of the beauty here. Itís almost critic-proof.

As I said, much of ďWake UpĒ features the same storylines as the original, but the overall story centers around a pacifist terrorist organizationófeaturing Kevin Corrigan, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and Chuck Dócalled The Alarm Clock, who plan to use the media to expose lies and corruption in the world (a la The Weather Underground). They have no real plan and canít even pull off a bank robbery, but the group leader is working on their manifesto. Corningstone has the scoop on this story, but Burgundy and his team of idiots steal the lead and try to make the story their own.

Itís easy to see why they nixed this storyline from the original movie. In fact, ďWake UpĒ stops dead in its tracks whenever it focuses on The Alarm Clock. Itís not quite as interesting or as funny as the war of the sexes storyline that dominated the original, but then, no one is out to top the original. Narrator Bill Curtis, whose role has been enlarged to fill in many of the narrative gaps, explains that this movie is a ďstory forever lost in the sands of time,Ē one that was discarded after negative responses from test audiences.

Suffice to say, this is one of the most generous DVD extras ever. Itís a pleasure to have this new version out there now that I have much of the original movie committed to memory. Itís filled with enough brilliant moments to justify its existence as a sequel/re-make. The dream sequence of Ron and Veronica married with children, the scene in which Champ Kind (David Koechner) must explain what ďtime of the monthĒ means and the hysterical outtake of Ron driving Veronica on their first date all rank up there with the best moments of the original. You could just buy the original, but why? Buy the 2-pack and stay classy!

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9/09/08 Sean just one thing-lets rip the lid off! 5 stars
4/09/06 jonny molch 5 stars
12/08/05 Rob Great MOvie 5 stars
11/08/05 Megan Peterie The best sequel/part 2 to a film I've ever seen in my life! 5 stars
7/28/05 noah hillarious 5 stars
1/08/05 Al Guy Funny! Really funny!!! 5 stars
1/08/05 nik what collin says 5 stars
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