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Anchorman 2 [2013] [PG-13] - 5.5.5



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is no longer a news anchor since he lost his job to his wife (Christina Applegate) and ended up emceeing at a Sea World-type facility. He's then approached by a man (Dylan Baker) who is putting together a new kind of news station and along with his news team (Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner) makes the trip to NYC to find out what this new news idea is all about. Also with Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford, James Marsden, Meagan Good, Greg Kinnear, Liam Neeson, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey, Vince Vaughn, Sacha Baron Cohen, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, John C. Reilly, Luke Wilson, Kanye West and Fred Willard. Directed by Adam McKay. [1:59]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman are shown kissing in bed; the woman is wearing a bra and panties (cleavage, bare abdomen, back and shoulders are seen) and the man is shown bare-chested and covered with a sheet as they continue to kiss (sex is implied); the man is shown on top of the woman and he spanks his own buttocks (covered with a sheet).
 A woman grabs a man by the lapels and shoves him into a plate glass window while seemingly seducing him; he admits that he is frightened and she begins to meow and tells him to bark; they are interrupted. A man and a woman kiss. A man caresses the shoulder and hair of another man's wife and the other man says, "This is super creepy." A man hugs another man and says, "This feels like home"; he lingers in the hug causing the other man to push him away. A man tries to hug another man and the other man pushes him away. A man is shown with his arm around a woman. A woman asks a man if he has ever kissed anyone and he talks about kissing action figures and someone on TV; they kiss passionately and the woman is shown pressed against a plate glass window with her skirt lifted up in the back to her waist (we see that she is wearing men's briefs).
 A woman's dress is torn open in the front and we see her bra. A woman wearing a bikini is seen in the background of a scene (we see her bare legs to the hip and her side). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in a few scenes. A man talks about doing a story about "How much man fluid" there is on something. Two men are shown modeling underwear and we see one squatting deeply and exposing his bare chest, abdomen and legs while another model is standing up straight and we see his bare legs and abdomen and chest. A man gives his young son a gift of lingerie (intended for his ex-wife) and tells him that it is a super-hero costume; the boy puts the lingerie over his head and runs around the room. A husband and his wife walk along a street (the woman is wearing tight-fitting jeans and a low-cut top that reveals her bare upper chest) and another man remarks about the woman's buttocks saying it is "mysterious and ever sought after"; the woman seems alarmed and asks her husband to do something but he does not.
 A man and a woman talk about having sex while at a restaurant and the man yells out, "I'm about to have sex with a Black lady." A man and a woman flirt in a few scenes and the woman swoons when the man touches her clothed shoulder a couple of times. A man photographing kittens speaks to them in a sexual manner, instructing them to take poses like "lift your leg...," etc. A man asks a co-worker, "Can I kiss you?" and she replies in the negative, so he asks her and another female co-worker to kiss each other (they do not). A man makes a remark that, "I sexually assaulted a star fish." A man introduces himself to a woman's ex-husband as the woman's "lover." A woman says, "I'm so horny right now" just as she and others are preparing to fight. A man on a news program introduces a segment about "the mysteries of the human vagina." A man talks about "cruising chicks." A man talks about transgender individuals and makes a remark about reaching "down below the belt." A man says," I just gave Florence Henderson crabs." Men talk to another man about what will happen on a date with a woman and when they tell him that they will take their shirts off he moans; one man opens a cabinet that contains a variety of condoms and they talk about the qualities of a few of them (one is denim, one is made of mongoose fur). After a man becomes blind he says, "I can't even masturbate." A man speaks to his young son in a demeaning manner about the boy's dream to be an astronaut and he tells him he's more likely to do "lighting on a porn movie." A man says that he is so lonely that "I paid a hobo to spoon with me." A man tells another man that NYC has "all nude strip clubs." A man tells another man that in the future he has "a thing with a jet pack." A woman is called "All the way Yaway." A man calls another man "magnificent" and that "I bet his [anatomical term deleted] smell like sandalwood." A man asks, "Why don't we just show a porno instead of the news?" A man tells a woman to "quit yanking our [anatomical term deleted]" and another man echoes him by saying, "Yeah, quit yanking our [another anatomical term deleted)." A man talks about "topless stewardesses." A man tells three other men, "I think your boss just raped me." A man describes his mother as remaining sexually active until the day that she died. A man yells phrases while warming up for a newscast like something about a young boy being traumatized by seeing the Tooth Fairy's bare breast. A man talks about boys "seeing his pee-pee" when he was younger.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Several men with axes stand in a man's path, and three other men (with weapons) stand with the first man and they argue; several other armed groups arrive and they all threaten each other, a man transforms into a werewolf with large fangs and all of the people fight with weapons and punches and kicks; we see a man struck in the back with an arrow, a minotaur's arm is cut off (we see blood and the stump), a man strikes someone with a hockey stick (off-camera) and we hear a squish then see an eyeball stuck to the stick; nearby a ghost inhales a dead man's soul, a plane flies overhead and opens fire on the area where the people are fighting, and gasoline is spilled on a street and a sparkler is dropped into the liquid causing an explosion (we see two men later with charred faces and bloody scratches). A man is shown in an emergency room with what looks like a chef's knife sticking out of his head (we see blood on his head and a towel that he is holding against his head).
 An RV with 4 men inside swerves out of control and flips; we see the men being thrown around and one is hit in the head with a bowling ball, boiling cooking oil splashes on another man's face and he screams, another is hit in the head and the groin by another bowling ball, another is pinched on the lip by a scorpion (it had been in an open terrarium) and a dog bites another man's arm and he yells. We see a man in the ocean swimming frantically and a shark jumping out of the water behind him (we see the shark's wide open mouth and teeth); the man does not appear to be harmed. A man runs into the ocean when he sees a shark swimming near the shore; the shark begins to attack him, and then swims away when a dog swims out and tells the shark to leave.
 We see the image of a man with a bloody nose in a man's eyes and as the man becomes angry, the image in his eyes yells and explodes in flames. A man on ice skates trips over a cord and lands on the ice unconscious, bystanders yell and say "Don't die" and we see the man in the hospital later with a doctor looking at X-rays as he explains that the man is blind.
 A woman yells at four men and one of the men tells her, "If you were a man, I'd knock you out" and the woman says to the man, "I'll make that mustache bloody," and then punches and knees him in the groin (the man falls to the floor whimpering and wining). A man punches another man in the face and he falls to the floor. A man yells and throws equipment around a doctor's office until the doctor injects him in the neck with a sedative. A man yells at another man and pokes him in the chest. A man tells another man that a third man said he was "Not so great" and the second man charges toward the third man in a threatening manner (he is held back by others). The owner of a restaurant yells at a customer, calls him a "Commie [mild obscenity deleted]" and swings a baseball bat at him (the man runs out of the restaurant unharmed). A man takes a swing at another man who dodges the blow a couple of times. A man makes several inappropriate, racial and sexual remarks at a dinner with his lover's family; they become angry and she yells at him later in a taxi and we see the man with a bloody bruise and scratch on his face and she makes reference to her father kicking him.
 A man puts a rope around his neck and loops it over a ceiling light; he steps off the stool he is standing on and the light breaks causing him to fall to the floor (he appears unharmed). A man yells at a woman and throws a lamp on the floor breaking it. A man is thrown into an office by two other men and while he lies on the floor another man yells at him saying, "You threw up in the shark tank" and then fires him. A woman throws a coffee cup into a fireplace and it shatters as she yells. A man yells and throws office furniture. Four men smoke crack on live TV and we see them being arrested.
 We watch a car chase on TV and the car swerves and hits another car; we then see the driver of the first car on the ground and being handcuffed by several police officers. A blind man gets in a car and drives until we hear a crash and he yells for someone to call him a cab.
 A man speaks at a funeral and yells that he "...will not rest until I find his killer" (he is the man that is being mourned); three other men yell at him until he is convinced that he is not dead. A man wearing green pants panics when it looks like he has no legs against a green screen; he yells and collapses to the floor. A man fires another man and tells him that he is the "Worst anchorman I have ever seen." A man snaps a headphone on another man's ear. A man speaks to his young son in a demeaning manner about the boy's dream to be an astronaut and he tells him he's more likely to do "lighting on a porn movie." A woman tells her young son's care giver "I will lock you in a closet." We hear an ad for BP Oil that says "BP Oil, nature's best friend." A man talks about a wife severing her husband's penis while he slept.
 A TV segment is titled "Death from Above." A man says, "I killed 4 men in Okinawa... Last week." The owner of a restaurant says, "No Jews or Catholics allowed." A man identifies himself as a "full blown Mexican." A young girl yells at a man and says, "Children and animals hate you." Four men driving across the country reminisce about their past together; one man talks about throwing another man off a bridge and he says, "I broke my back," another man talks about drinking Woolite and another man says, "It was the equivalent of poison." A man refers to himself and a group of friends as the "Lady Killers" and the friends include O.J. Simpson and Robert Blake. A boy tells his father, "I think there's a ghost in my closet." A young boy cries when his pet shark (and his "best friend") are separated and the boy says, "I hope you eat lots of people and fish." We hear that a man is dead and that he was lost at sea; mourners are gathered at a graveside funeral. A man tells another man that he wants to "shoot a flare gun at your [anatomical term deleted]." A woman yells at another woman for being incompetent and the other woman and a man yell back at her and scream (the man hisses like a cat) and throw things around an office before the women gets fired. A woman yells at her ex-husband for taking their 8-year-old son to a cock-fight and bringing him home splattered with blood. A man and a women argue. Two women argue and one threatens to shoot the other. A man meets his new boss and she is an African-American woman; he blurts out the word Black several times before she yells at him to stop. A man says, "A Black man follows me everywhere I go," and is told that it's his shadow. A man mimics the way another man is speaking and yells at him in front of colleagues; he tells the man to "Change your face." A woman yells at four men and tells them to be quiet; one of the men cowers and hides behind a sofa. A woman watches a ringing telephone and appears to be afraid of it; another woman yells at her for not answering the phone. A man talks about airplane parts falling from the sky. A man yells at another man who cowers on a sofa and two other men stand up and berate the first man. A man says, "I wake up screaming."
 After a shark grows up and is released back into the ocean, we see it eating something under water (we see blood and tissue and the shark's large, pointed teeth). A restaurant owner serves fried bat instead of fried chicken in his restaurant. A man sneezes on a camera lens during a TV broadcast and we see goo on the screen. A man bites a lipstick, gags and spits it out. A man tells a dolphin that it "farts through its head." A man makes a comment about another man looking like they "peed in his milkshake." A man takes a bite of butter out of a stick, then another. A man tells his young son that he will be at his science fair but he does not show up.
 A man and his young son barricade a shark in an inlet until he grows up after being trapped in a net. We see a terrarium with scorpions in it. A bat flies through a restaurant and customers duck and cover their heads. We see a photograph of a kitten in a fish bowl (no water or fish are in the bowl).

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 14 sexual references, 14 scatological terms (2 mild), 27 anatomical terms (3 euphemisms, 5 mild), 39 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for a Polish person, 1 derogatory term for transgender individuals, name-calling (ventriloquist's dummy, Mr. Mustache, gimmick, flash-in-the-pan, yank, wanker, stupid, randy gal, jerk, dumbest thing, prince, Black, King of the World, dumbest person I've ever met, my Golden Goose, African and American, icy, unpleasant, mentally ill, pipe-hitting, boring, Jack Lame, weirdo, liar), exclamations (shoot, shut-up, shut your mouth, sweet cream on nipples, by the bedpan of Gene Rayburn, the hymen of Olivia Newton John, jeez, Tony Danza's scrotum, bloody, Black), 4 religious profanities (GD), 18 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, Oh God No, Good Lord, God's Green Earth, Thank God, What God Put Me On The Earth To Do, Oh My Lord, God Ever Created, Christ, Jesus, Dear God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Four men smoke crack on live TV, a man is injected in the neck with a sedative, a man admits to smoking crack numerous times, and a man talks about another man "selling speed." A man holds a glass of alcohol and drinks from it while working as an MC at a Sea World-type facility, people drink champagne at a party, people drink at a party, a man and a woman drink wine with dinner, a man drinks alcohol in his apartment, and people drink champagne at a celebration. A woman smokes a cigarette on a TV set.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Ambition, fame, jealousy, suicide, being fired, 24-hour news, reputation, racists, census, PMS, spousal abuse, O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake, interracial relationships, synergy, ethics, isolation, blindness from an injury, self-pity, Voodoo, power, ego, hubris, STIs, corruption.

MESSAGE - Celebrity is not everything.

Special Keywords: S5 - V5 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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