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The “third generation” feels shaky in the time period Wolf covers, which is part of why it’s so fascinating. It’s easy to make a film about the hip-shaking, war-hating hippies and punks of the 1950’s onwards – the period 1904-45 is certainly not one remembered for the waves of youths. But with so many lost in war and hopeless rebellion, remembering this generation is clearly something important – the stories of the four narrators come together to portray the teenager as we know it about to be born.
The film is undoubtedly funnier when rehashing old jokes, though the comic performances are once again spot on. Steve Carrell as Brick Tamland is absolutely brilliant – he’s given more screen time in this film, and never fails to incite laughter. Ferrell, too, is ludicrous and hilarious as Ron Burgundy: the man’s comic timing is impeccable, and even if the jokes aren’t fantastic, the performances of the main characters are.