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Plot: #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. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 04 Aug 2006
I liked this movie a LOT. I think it's annoying how people come on here and whine and cry about poking fun at things...boo hoo he joked about boobs or gay people or Jesus or whatever...every single comment I read was someone who didn't like it because it offended them. It's a comedy, grow up!! Of course it's going to make fun of things, what else would make it funny? I thought that this movie was HILARIOUS, I am a very big fan of Will Ferrell I can't think of one movie I seen with him in it that I didn't like! So please, if you're that easily offended, next time <more>
you wanna rent a movie, for all out sakes, DON'T pick up a comedy. GEEZ!
Having been a very lucky guy, and seeing a preview of this film, i can honestly say, this will be a hit, this has to be 1 of the funniest films i have ever seen, Sascha Baren Cohen is absolutely hilarious as the french rival. With all Will Ferrel Film, you expect the same type of humour, and this film is no different, although you expect the same, its still as funny as ever, and will never get old, people in the cinema, including me were standing up and cheering good ol Will as the film progressed, its that damm funny. There's no doubt in my mind that i will be seeing this again, lets <more>
hope the people out there go see it as well, its a film that deserves to be viewed.
When I went to see this movie, I knew I was going to see an excellent movie. However, when the movie was over, I was in tears. Not sad tears, but tears of joy because I was laughing so hard! This movie was by far, the funniest movie I have ever seen this year. Will Ferrell was amazing in it! The movie had me laughing so hard at one point that I almost spilled my drink all over myself! When I walked out of the theater, I could barely walk because my sides hurt so much! For those of you who haven't seen this masterpiece yet, I really recommend you see this. Believe me folks, Talladega <more>
Nights was that good. As Jay Leno once said: "Just the name Ricky Bobby is funny."
I was lucky enough to be at a premiere in Chicago for this movie and it was pure fun entertainment. I am not a nascar fan and I love this movie. First off let me say that most of the scenes that they show in the previews are not in the movie, or are at least altered from the trailer version. The characters are extremely funny. John C. Reily and Will Farrell make a perfect red-neck match in this comedy. They play off each other and you can tell that they must have had a blast making this movie. The scene where they are saying grace around the table will, in my opinion, go down as one of the <more>
funniest scenes ever. I rank this movie right up there with other will Farrell greats like Old School, Wedding Crashers and Anchorman. So, whether you are a will Farrell fan or not, if you just enjoy fun movies that will have you laughing out loud from start to finish, than you should definitely go check this movie out when it comes out. I will be the guy in the front of the line waiting to get my ticket to see this movie again. A+
It's a pretty funny movie. You could tell Will Ferrell and Sacha Cohen aka Ali G and John C. Reilly all had the opportunity to improvise lines and riff on one another, and all three were pretty good.Ricky Bobby's kids were given some choice lines and nailed home some great albeit loud and aggro deliveries. Amy Adams is totally hot. The dad role was well-played. The car action was money and you couldn't quite tell when it was CG and when it was recreated action, so that was good. They did it right.The overabundance of seeded advertising was acknowledged in the film's <more>
dialogue and concretely addressed at the end of the movie when Ricky Bobby goes sponsorless0 but it was still kind of annoying. I just can't understand how Hollywood blockbusters need more money. They could do the same movie without the extra $$ I think, but in this particular movie, set as it is with NASCAR, it certainly fits in the world we see on screen if there is rampant, colorful advertising.So it's a good movie, a lot of gut laughs, and not unlike Dodgeball or Anchorman or the like...
Funny - but more as performance art than as a film (by JimboLimbo)
I don't know that I'd enjoy this movie in New York or San Francisco, but in rural West Virginia it was absolutely hilarious. A disclaimer: I'm a Southern white male. I was born in the South and live in the South. I wear cowboy boots, drive a pickup and prefer Bourbon to Scotch. I even like NASCAR and auto racing in general. The movie wasn't hilarious because of the gags in the film, some of which are pretty funny, but because of the relentless parody of what passes for Southern American culture these days, and the reaction from the audience. It was clear that the majority of <more>
folks in the theater were expecting something more friendly to the NASCAR "lifestyle" and perhaps even affirmation of it. I think the advertising gave that impression - a friendly caricature of NASCAR. Instead, it delivered a ruthless lampooning of the idiocy of fat-assed, fat SUV'd, inarticulate redneck-ism that is too often celebrated in the South. The bait and switch was a thing of beauty.The movie touches on just about every aspect of the NASCAR persona, and hits very close to home in its ridicule. From the drug dealing sleazy father to the obnoxious children and the floozy trophy wife, Talladega Nights hits the mark on recognizable characters from around the corner, and then illustrates their hypocrisy and ugliness in great detail. The film grinds and grinds on the awfulness of the characters - none of them are likable or have an iota of merit. I think to many people, this will feel like overdoing the material or just going on too long in certain scenes. In the theater I sat in, it was a delicious silence of self-recognition in the audience and discomfort at seeing themselves mirrored in such unflattering terms. Some left fairly early. Some tried to cheer or find humor in the ironic "victories" of the characters or their insipid jokes "shake and bake" actually got laughs and cheers... but eventually, the audience realized that they were the targets of the film and that there would be no redemption for their on-screen avatars.The piece de resistance was the final race in which Ricky Bobby defeats Jean, a homosexual ex Formula 1 driver who earlier defeated Ricky Bobby in a barroom brawl. Ricky Bobby overcomes all odds to defeat Jean in their private competition by an inch, perhaps signaling the hoped-for feel good ending for our beleaguered audience, but instead Ricky Bobby passionately kisses the Frenchman, making clear the latent homosexuality of his long standing relationship with boyhood friend and sidekick Cal is quite real. Silence in the theater - stunned utter silence except my son and I howling.The South gave us the Blues, the best American foods, wonderful literature and poetry, rock music and so much else that is beautiful and essential to the American identity and culture. It is a damned shame that its most ignorant and ugly aspects have defined it for so long. I loved that this film so clearly and aggressively attacked the awfulness of the Walmart South.If you want to laugh hard, go see this film well south of the Mason Dixon and preferably away from a major metro. That is where it is at its best.
You still get plenty of fast paced action, muscle cars, and massive car crashes. You just get to laugh a lot too.Will Ferrell really doesn't get enough credit for his acting. As mindless as it seems, he still manages to make it believable. You have to keep in mind it's usually during over-the-top parodies, so it's supposed to be carefree and with complete disdain, yet he still manages to make it intelligent most of the time at least in this film , so the result is far more than simple fart and gross-out type jokes.He also had the benefit of writing this film, cast members like <more>
John C. Reilly and Sasha Baron Cohen, and a focus for the film in deep need of parody. NASCAR has been long overdue.
The "Anchorman" of the Nascar movies! (by Doodadmagic)
Here is the review my wife and I wrote for cincity2000.com Talladega Superspeedway. For those unfamiliar, it is NASCAR's biggest and fastest race track, and the setting for the latest Will Ferrell comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. I'm no fan of professional racing, but I do know funny. Put Will Ferrell in the driver's seat of a stock car, cast John C. Reilly so wonderful in Chicago as his best friend, and pit Sacha Baron Cohen best known as Ali G. as his rival and you can be almost guaranteed a good movie.Here's the deal Ricky Bobby Will Ferrell is <more>
born in the backseat of a souped-up Chevelle. His motivation in life is given to him when he is ten years old by his alcoholic father: "If you ain't first, you're last." This mantra carries him to the pit crew of a losing race team. When he's given the chance to finish a race, Ricky shows that there isn't much he won't do to win. Teamed with his best friend Cal Naughton, Jr. Reilly they become 'Shake and Bake' and go on to NASCAR super-stardom. Ricky has the perfect life. A sexy wife, a family, riches. Enter Jean Girard Cohen , a flamboyant Frenchman who begins to unravel Ricky's perfect world by beating him on and off the track. Ricky is forced to deal with his own fears. And a cougar.What's this, you say? A Comedy? Sounds more like the 'feel good' movie of the summer! Perhaps I failed to mention that Jean Girard is a gay married man Andy Richter plays his husband in a decidedly underwritten role who sips espresso while he races. Or that Ricky and his wife Carley the hot Leslie Bibb have two delinquent sons named Walker and Texas Ranger. And how about the cougar? Oh, I know I mentioned the cougar! All this and more mixes together very well under the comedic eye of Adam McKay, who wrote along with Ferrell and directed.Talladega Nights takes the whole All-American-Dream concept and makes it funny. It's Rudy with belly laughs. Better yet, it's the Anchorman of car racing, which makes sense since McKay did that movie, too. A lot of the scenes felt improvised, but by seasoned professionals. And with a great cast that included Gary Cole and Amy Adams, the jokes were constant and seamless. From an extended dinner grace addressed to 'tiny, baby, Christmas Jesus' to Molly Shannon's portrayal of the drunken wife of the team owner, the movie never failed to make you laugh. As an added bonus, this movie also has some great action. The race sequences were very believable and the crashes were amazing.To be completely fair, there were moments when some of the scenes dragged a little. And some characters you will not like as much as others. But all in all, an enjoyable, laugh out loud experience for anyone 13 years and up. Shake and Bake, baby!
Great Lampoon of NASCAR- Best Comedy of 2006 (by DKosty123)
This movie does something that is rarely done successfully done, pokes fun at the modern NASCAR circuit. Without detailing all the gags, this is pure fun which doesn't offend the tastes too often. Will Farrell is patently absurd as Ricky Bobby & the support he receives in this film from the entire cast is excellent. Gary Cole is very solid as Ricky's dad, & so is Jane Lynch as his mom. Amy Adams is solid too. In fact, the entire cast including John C. Reilly seems to have been fit into their roles like gloves.Sasha Cohen comes off better in this as Ricky Bobbys French nemesis <more>
than he does in even Borat. He is used perfectly & fits his role really well. The story line works really well as the evolution from speed too shake & bake too magic man & me helps keep the film focused on something besides the jokes. There is just enough plot to hang the jokes on. The script is lots of fun with references to lots of things besides NASCAR & Sex which is all too often the only thing done as comedy today . This film proves that outrageous is much better than sex when done right as comedy. Thank goodness this is much better than the ill conceived BETWITCHED Farrell did in 2005. This film is really an excellent showcase for everyone involved. If your a NASCAR fan, you should even get some extra fun out of this one.Get ready for the checkered flag Ricky Booby, this film is a winner all the way.