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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.
"His paralysis is psychosomatic."
McKay's best (and best-looking) movie. Not like stubborn American masculinity isn't a fairly soft target but this is a solid diagnosis, especially for a relatively tightly structured comedy that still maintains the loose Apatow improv-y style. Also consistently hilarious on top of whatever all that bullshit means.
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.
Review In A Nutshell:
Though overstuffed genre of comedy, one is bound to run into examples of failures that would leave one in deep self-loathing and pity, knowing that time spent in watching the film could have been used in something more productive and educational. But I never thought such a catastrophe could come from Adam McKay, the same man who incorporated intelligent ideas in nonsensical silliness in Anchorman, but here in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a film that takes on a far more traditional approach, as it witnesses the ups and downs of its protagonist, played by Will Ferrell, conveying the sense of growth that would ultimately lead to reflection and a goal of self-redemption.…
Walker and Texas Ranger Bobby > Walter Burgundy > Every other character in the history of cinema
it holds up a little. at least they know how to make fun of fragile masculinity.
Upon rewatch, it's impressive how consistent every joke lands
this was the second ever film i saw will ferrell in after anchorman, so i was very comparative. it wasn't as good. it was pretty average but it was 10 yrs ago so i cannae mind much, but i know it's not worth watching again.
Possibly the best Will Ferrell movie. Fires on all cylinders (so to speak) with a great supporting cast, especially John C. Reilly
It's been a long time since I last saw this but as soon as it rolled around, everything came flooding back. All the quotes, all the races, all of the questionable product placement, all of it.
I love Will Ferrell like a hilarious uncle and I think this might be his masterpiece. Sacha Baron Cohen gives his finest non Borat role and John C. Riley is just perfect.
NASCAR means nothing to me but it delivers one of my all time favourite comedy films. Shake and bake!
Barely even a movie: nearly every image is superfluous, excepting those that function as corporate advertising. More an illustrated document of improv. Cinema is dead; long live coverage.
Sooooo... I decided to watch Will Ferrell movies because he's funny, right? Yeah, this movie was real dumb and nothing made me laugh at all... just grimace from awkward feelings. Racing scenes didn't really make up for anything.
Cute, little tiny, 8 lb Jesus in a cradle, this was way funnier than I thought it would be. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly were on point, playing clueless yahoos better than they ever had before. They both have that... malicious innocence about them, that little twinkle in their eyes, letting people know no one is this dumb, but maybe they are, but they're not, but what if they were?.. Someone was eventually going to make a comedy about NASCAR, why not these guys?
Funny and outrageously silly. A nice combination.
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