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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006

#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test...

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Since i'm from the heart of redneck country i of course love this freaking movie cant count how many damm times i've already seen it now and it is in my personal top 5 fav comedy list. Will Ferrel at his best check it out if you haven't already.
OH MY GAWD.

40 Year Old Virgin was great, but damnit, THIS MOVIE ROCKS!!!

Do I need to say more?

YOU WILL LAUGH YOUR ASS OFF with this movie, you won't regret it.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby starts off strong like most Will Ferrell comedies have began in the past. The middle of the movie loses some steam, but it is later redeemed by a great final race. Ferrell as usual is a hoot & the rest of the supporting cast is just absolutely fantastic. The best performances of the supporting cast come from John C. Reilly, Gary Cole & Sacha Baron Cohen. Overall, if you were amused by comedies such as the mediocre theatrical version of Anchorman, the classic Old School or any other Will Ferrell comedy, then Talladega Nights shouldn't disappoint. PEACE OUT!!!
This movie was hilarious, Will Ferrell plays a racer born to race. "If you're not first you're last". This story is about friendship (kind of), speed, and jokes. This movie just made me laugh. It was a good movie. Go to the theaters and see it, it's worth it.
I've been a bit, well, unhappy with the thought of how much better Talladega Nights would do at the box office in comparison to my beloved Clerks II. While Kevin Smith claims he reached his expectations and will be making a great profit when all is said and done, I still wish it would put up bigger numbers and more would understand the glory that is the Askewniverse. But, I'm kind of a fanboy like that.

In my opinion, this movie only has a few big laughs, all delivered by or to Gary Cole's character Reese Bobby, Ricky's father. There is a good amount of firm grins, which I also give consideration to--especially when they last the entire duration of the flick. It wasn't quite the blockbuster comedy of the summer I had expected, but it will satisfy most movie-goers, so long as they haven't been exposed to as much Ricky Bobby propaganda as I have. With the ridiculous amount of trailers and clips that were absolutely everywhere, along with strange in-character interviews with the lead roles in Maxim magazine, I felt completely burned out of the movie and it's characters before having ever seen it.

Advertising killed the flick for me.
August 4, 2006

Many people I know aren't fans of Will Ferrell, and if you indulge me for just a second, I have a theory as to why. Ferrell comes across as shameless and flatulent, seemingly willing to go any distance so the attention is always placed on him. The same can be said of his character in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," which may turn some new audience members onto Ferrell's charm.

The movie makes fun of America's redundant, oversaturated, commercialized and often narrow-minded culture with Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) as the driving force behind it. The sole foreigner in the movie says to him, "You are so afraid of things that are different." It works as a comedy but also as a simple social statement about the American psyche towards changing values and ideals, using what is typically considered a conservative milieu to speak a liberal voice.

Ricky is a professional racecar driver who lives his life according to two catch phrases: "I wanna go fast!" and "If you ain't first, you're last," both instilled by his reckless, pot-smoking father (Gary Cole). Ricky's winning streak has given him a bloated ego, a hot wife, two sons named Walker and Texas Ranger, a mansion, and half a dozen sports cars. He's so stubborn that he insists Jesus be spoken of as a baby during grace and never lets his best friend Cal (John C. Reilly) win a race.

But Ricky's world starts shakin' (and bakin') when international racer Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) arrives from France seeking a challenge. Jean is gay, has a husband and listens to jazz music. Such concepts don't exist in Ricky's Southern United States and the movie has a lot of fun showing Ricky's ignorance of modern-day values.

Ricky isn't a self-realized person and the movie cares that he learns a lesson. He's been shaped by marketing and money (his family feasts include Dominoe's, KFC and Coca-Cola). As despicable as he is, we root for him because of Ferrell's ability to make Ricky likable as well as pathetic. He's a good sport for allowing himself to look so ridiculous, whether he's running around in white briefs or wrestling a cougar. He doesn't seem despearte, though. It's easy to tell that he and the supporting cast, which includes Amy Adams, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jane Lynch and Molly Shannon, have a lot of confidence in the material so the jokes come about through their simple behavior.

I'm not too familiar with NASCAR, but I'd be interested to know if fans of the sport will find "Talladega Nights" funny or insulting. After all, the movie assumes most people in NASCAR are homophobic, support the Republican party, speak with Southern accents and have night-outs at Applebee's. It's not mean, exactly. It simply uses its assumptions as a podium to promote tolerance and spoof stereotypes.

The movie promotes itself as being "From the people who brought you 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin.'" Like that movie, this one has a heart and something to say, utilizing the characters instead of seeing them as cheap punchlines and sight gags. It's refreshing to know that some of today's comedies have more than just humor on their minds.


Directed by Adam McKay
PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, language, drug references and brief comic violence.)
105 min.
2006




I just saw Talladega Nights today, and I can't say I was satisfied, but overall it was a moderately enjoyable comedy. It wasn't quite as funny or wacky as the trailer led me to believe but there were moments of inspired silliness, and I laughed out loud often at the quirky characters and quotable lines. The whole thing's a mess, honestly. The laughs are inconsistent. There's one hilarious scene, then a few dull or unfunny scenes, then another ingenius moment. Although Talldega Nights has its moments, it's not even close to being as hilarious as Anchorman!

:fresh: 6.0/10
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Starring: Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen

Well as with my friend, joe (nagyovafan), this movie fell short of my expectations. The film started out funny, the fake quote from Eleanor Roosevelt was possibly one of the funniest things i have ever seen or read.

After this, the movie just seemed to go downhill. Don't get me wrong, it was still plenty funny, but it all just felt the same after that. The gay scenes were a little too often, and it made me a wee bit uncomfortable, and awkward for everyone that i was with. I think that they played this up a bit too much, and made the movie slightly unfunny at times.

Well this movie did have its moments, and Will Ferrell was plenty funny, but it just did not live up to my expectations. It was too much race, and not enough comedy. Overall, id say it is worth a movie rental at the local video store, but its not quite worth it to see it in the theaters. But if you love both NASCAR and Will Ferrell, then you would love this movie.
it's the same successful formula that's made all of will's old movies successful. there's rememberable one liners, he speaks in some sort of accent, random cameos, and it's hilarious. i loved it.
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