I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…
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.
Because it had been that sort of day.
Walker and Texas Ranger Bobby > Walter Burgundy > Every other character in the history of cinema
So much better than Rush.
"If you don't like Big Red, then fuck you."
It's self-indulgent and overlong. But Will Ferrell and John C Reilly always make a great team. The racing is exciting, and I'd forgotten about the appearance of the always wonderful Amy Adams. Watch out for Gary "Lumberg" Cole to steal every scene he's in. This movie just makes me happy.
And it also makes me want to watch "Days of Thunder".
I wish they would have further explored the ghost subplot.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in "Now It's Just Getting Sad".
I'll say this first: I understand that this movie might improve with repeated viewings, and I've only seen it once. So this was my reaction when I first saw it.
A lot disappointed me about "Talladega Nights," from the creators of the superior "Anchorman." For one, the characters are cheap, ripe targets: redneck NASCAR drivers and fans. And the characters are not sympathetic at all, especially at the beginning.
By virtue of the characters being semi-illiterates, there is no room for the over-the-top wordplay, non-sequiturs or satirical mock epic plot points I had expected. Instead, most of the humor comes from mocking the dimwits, or from slapstick, which these filmmakers should be above.
Furthermore, NASCAR itself is shown far too…
Talladega Nights (and so on) is another cocreation between actor Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay. If you know these guys from before, you'll have a pretty clear image of what you're getting yourself into. If not, we're talking simple, goofy, American humour.
The topic of choice in this film is the top favourite sport of redneck, hillbilly America - Nascar racing. Yup, fast cars driving to beat the devil, in a circle. You don't have to have any form of neither knowledge nor relationship to the sport to watch the film, the important bits fall into place all by themselves.
Our main man Ricky Bobby comes from a damaged home, where his alcoholic, weed-smoking bum of a dad stumbles…
Ok so it's no Anchorman and it's the film of Ferrell and McKay's I probably watch the least but there are still some classic and hilarious bits in this movie. It's a little long and the joke a little one note but still a damn funny comedy.
Mostly a loose collection of catchphrases that hasn't aged well.
There's a little bit of clever satire about NASCAR and the South mixed in there, but it's really not enough.
Also, a LOT of great people in really light roles throughout this.
Finally, it really didn't help that much that I accidentally watched the extended/unrated cut. These are almost never better, and this one was no exception.
A truly hilarious film about a NASCAR driver who loses his edge and reason to live after being beaten by a Frenchman as he also learns his best friend once spread his ass-cheeks as Mike Honcho.
This deffinately one of Will Ferrel's finest. All the ingredients come together perfectly to make a really enjoyable comedy.
The on-track action is of a high caliber and deffinately adds to the quality of the film. Great supporting cast as well, and Sasha Baron Cohen is a great rival to Ricky Bobby.
All in all, I guess thoroughly enjoyed this, and sit and watch it every time it comes on TV. 3/5
From my old Netflix reviews:
Not as absurdly hilarious as Anchorman, but still more laughs than your average H-wood comedy. There are some fall-down funny scenes to be sure, but if you didn't like Anchorman, you won't find anything different here. John C. Reilly came into his own with this movie.
I loved this film, but I also love just about anything Will Ferrell is in.
I’d put it on par with ANCHORMAN. Same director, Adam McKay, who also co-writes again with Ferrell. And so it's the same comedic sparks that ensue, but with far more visual flair with the backdrop of NASCAR racing. Ferrell takes his George W. Bush persona and tweaks it ever so slightly to give us Ricky bobby, in a film that, whether you like it or not, is essentially about family values. That may represent the 'theme' of the movie and while the plot shares the same basic arc that CARS does, it's all an excuse to get Ferrell to do his thing, much like Jim…
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