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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
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.
Because it had been that sort of day.
Walker and Texas Ranger Bobby > Walter Burgundy > Every other character in the history of cinema
"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.
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…
Still hilarious 10 years on. Ferrell and Reilly need to do way more films together.
Yet another solid Adam McKay comedy. They always go for it and often go overboard, but a lot of their stuff hits the right stuff.
Some very funny scenes and over the top performances but the joke is stretched too far. In no way does this need to be 2 hours long.
It sags badly in the middle like a middle-aged banker's gut but luckily Sacha Baron Cohen is on hand to steal the show.
Will Ferrell/Adam McKay movies are always just fun, and this was no different. I have never really understood or been a fan of NASCAR, however I didn’t need to know, because the entire movie was just utterly ridiculous.
Loads of the jokes in this film were hilarious, and I laughed all the way from start to finish, as every scene was utterly farcical and ridiculous.
However, the storyline was a little predictable, and the ending battle between Ricky Bobby and Jean Girard was not funny enough to satisfy me; instead, it was basically a copy of the ending of Herbie: Fully Loaded, which was not funny at all.
Overall, this gets a 7.6 because it was indeed entertaining to watch, and the actors were great, however the story was too weak for me in the end.
Everytime this movie is on TBS I watch it.
I thought it would've been worse and more offensive, but it was pretty alright for this sort of movie. Also, I can't believe Amy Adams and John C. Reilly are in this. So used to them being in Paul Thomas Anderson movies and that sort of stuff. Also: John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer... Why is the cast of Wreck-It Ralph here?
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.
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