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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
The story of a man who could only count to #1
Lifelong friends and national idols Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. have earned their NASCAR stripes with their uncanny knack of finishing races in the first and second slots, respectively, and slinging catchphrases like "Shake and bake!" But when a rival French driver coasts onto the track to challenge their records, they'll have to floor it to retain their top-dog status.
i want to fuck sacha baron cohen
Because it had been that sort of day.
Whether viewed as a send-up or celebration of certain red state sensibilities, Adam McKay's "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" is a rock solid comedy. Boasting color, wit, and an infectious comic energy, the Will Ferrell-starring sports-comedy is entertaining blast of deep-fried, high-octane fun.
Revolving around Ferrell's NASCAR racing Ricky Bobby, the story follows the rise, fall, and redemption the world-famous driver. Built around standard-issue sports film beats, the narrative makes the ideal foundation for the satire, goofiness, and committed comic shenanigans.
McKay assembles another worthy comedy, using his favorite leading man, Ferrell, to winning effect. Ferrell gleefully anchors the screen, sells the film's mix of high-volume emotions, and, otherwise, delivers yet another memorable character. The production is crisp, and Ferrell's costars are well-placed.
"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" is a worthy sports-comedy whose raucous ridiculousness results in an effortlessly enjoyable experience. Its southern-fried wit and knowing silliness punctuate the entire appealing and uproarious affair.
"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" is a hilarious, entertaining, and incredibly fun comedy with energetic direction from Adam McKay, a great script, and committed performances from the entire cast with Will Ferrell delivering one of his best performances here.
Walker and Texas Ranger Bobby > Walter Burgundy > Every other character in the history of cinema
Film 15 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt November Challenge!
Task 17: A Film Featuring Car Racing!
Scavenger Hunt, November 2015
"I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo T-Shirt because it says I want to be formal, but I'm here to party."
The scavenger hunt is a great time to watch crappy Will Ferrell movies, halfway through and I already got two in the bag.
But to be honest, I kinda liked this movie. I had a hard time deciding what rating I would give this film. On one hand, Talladega Nights is a bad movie. In fact it's really bad, the jokes are incredibly juvenile and obvious. But at the same time, I thought it was kinda funny at…
Has its moments, and it's quintessential Will Ferrell, but it's not quite as funny as I remembered. The ridiculousness of saying grace to baby Jesus is still the highlight.
It's a lot funnier than I'm used to this sort of movie being ("this sort" referring to "popular Hollywood comedies from my high school years"), and it manages that rare trick of having the free-flowing absurdity of a heavily improvised movie without actually feeling heavily improvised. The jokes do peter out toward the end; the film does this weird thing where for 2/3 of its run time it asks us to regard Ricky Bobby's career with ridicule, only to turn around and ask us to genuinely root for him in the final act, a turn that's not nearly successful enough to justify leaving behind the far funnier buffoonery of the early goings. But overall, it's still funny. I suppose that's what counts.
Lot of easy potshots at the southern/redneck lifestyle and Sacha Baron Cohen's character never did much for me, but other than that this might have the best supporting cast of any of the McKay/Ferrell movies: Gary Cole, Jane Lynch, Amy Adams, Molly Shannon, and freakin Michael Clarke Duncan!?
Also Monster Magnet.
This movie manages to be funny and inspiring at the same time. Our main character Ricky is a race car driver who believes that "If you're not first, you're last."
Adam McKay isn't given enough credit as an auteur. He's one of the few Hollywood comedy directors with a distinct visual style and his films are always heavily opinionated, sometimes to their own detriment. Talladega Nights offers a satirical, occasionally snide, perspective on white trash, yet McKay's film also works as a love letter to NASCAR culture. His usual absurdist humor is toned down here, as most of the jokes are rooted in blowing up stereotypes and traditions of Southern lifestyle and American masculinity. It's not scathing as much as it is cheeky, and that was the right approach to take when satirizing people that are, to put it frankly, such easy targets.
The cast here is aces, the only…
It's pretty okay, but I was hoping for more absurdity from McKay & Ferrell. Could've used more stuff like the haunted house gag.
This is one of the better installations of the Will Ferrell/Adam McKay era of comedy. Endlessly quotable and full of laughs.
i'm glad ricky bobby is gay
There's always something that keeps me from loving the Adam McKay-Will Ferrell movies. This one's fine and it has some great one liners -- "I'll put you in a microwave" is such a wonderfully specific threat to say to a child -- but the satirical elements often feel like they're trying too hard, like the product placement.
it was inevitable