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.