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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Sport | 4 August 2006 (USA)
#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test.

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NASCAR stock car racing sensation Ricky Bobby is a national hero because of his "win at all costs" approach. He and his loyal racing partner, childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr., are a fearless duo -- "Shake" and "Bake" by their fans for their ability to finish so many races in the #1 and #2 positions, with Cal always in second place. When flamboyant French Formula One driver Jean Girard challenges "Shake" and "Bake" for the supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as racing's top driver. Written by CartmanKun@aol.com

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The story of a man who could only count to #1 See more »

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language, drug references and brief comic violence | See all certifications »

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$72,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,042,215 (USA) (4 August 2006)

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$148,213,377 (USA) (13 October 2006)
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Trivia

The names "Walker" and "Texas Ranger" are actually taken from the television show "Walker, Texas Ranger". The title character is played by Chuck Norris, an actor that has become a sort of redneck deity, a cultural symbol of masculinity from a bygone era. See more »

Goofs

When five-year-old Ricky steals his mother's station wagon outside the convenience store, the same maroon 1972 Ford Mustang is shown twice. First spinning out from the left as Ricky exits the parking lot (viewed from the store), and in the very next shot, the Mustang swerves again as Ricky navigates the busy street (long view). See more »

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[first lines]
Reese Bobby: [Reese is speeding] Guess how fast we're going now!
Lucy Bobby: [screams] I don't care! I'm having a baby!
Reese Bobby: Hundred and five miles an hour! Can you believe that!
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During the opening credits, the following quote is displayed: "America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, bad ass speed."
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, 1936


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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 5 August 2006 (2006) See more »

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Written by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Valentine McCallum
Produced by Hal Willner
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I Hate To Admit It, But I Liked This One
17 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ricky Bobby grows up to become a big-time race car driver. With the conflict of having no father to raise him, life was not always easy. And now, as an adult, he is finally ready to meet his match: a French driver from the Formula Un series. Can Ricky make him surrender? Shake and bake! I really don't want to like this film, because I think Will Ferrell is past his prime already and on his way out. The bigger a role he receives, the less likely he is to make a good movie, because he is just such a dumb actor. Popping in for a brief time ("Wedding Crashers") is alright, but a full movie ("Elf")? I don't know. Yet, he took the whole film here and ran with it.

The help came from John C. Reilly, who was fantastic as Cal Naughton, Jr. While he is not the usual co-star of Ferrell (such as Vince Vaughn, or one of the Wilson brothers) he was a dominant force. Seeing some new faces was very good, although having "Crash" from "Anchorman" was a nice touch, as I would consider "Anchorman" to be Ferrell's best film.

Stealing the show was Sacha Baron Cohen as Jean Girard. I did not even recognize him until the movie was almost over. Cohen is a master of disguise ("Alig G", "Borat", "Bruno") and I would say this was his best performance yet. All the French references were great (Albert Camus, Perrier, crepes) and this character was so much more than just a simple parody of French culture. Why he was hanging out with Elvis Costello and Mos Def is unknown to me.

This film has the comedy that other films by these creators have, with constant pop culture references that pay off if you get it. And heck, if you don't, there's a good amount of really stupid humor, too (such as the imaginary fire). My favorite scene might be where they try to figure out how to pry out a knife from a man's leg.

If you want a cheese fountain at your wedding with nachos and seven different kinds of cheese, you need to see this movie.


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