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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Sport  |  4 August 2006 (USA)
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#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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Larry Dennit Jr.


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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No One Can Handle The Curves, The Speed, The Heat, Like Ricky Bobby See more »


Action | Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

4 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

High, Wide, and Handsome  »

Box Office


$73,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$4,179,008 (Australia) (13 October 2006)

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Technical Specs


| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

| (8 channels)|


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some of the big car crash stunts were done for real, using explosive jacks that were later erased using computer graphics. The pipe and plate footing for the gag are shown falling away from the car(s) in un-processed scenes. See more »


When Reese goes to pick up the two Talladega tickets, the sign at the vendor window says "Saturday Tickets." In reality, a Sprint Cup race (the circuit Ricky would have been racing in) would only take place on Sunday, especially at Talladega. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is a scene where "Walker" and "Texas Ranger" are reading with Ricky Bobby's mom and discussing symbolism in William Faulkner's "The Bear". See more »


Referenced in Tosh.0: Mustang Kid (2012) See more »


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User Reviews

Will Ferrell at his best.
20 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Will Ferrell at his best.

Seriously… Here, Ferrell plays a good ole country boy with rocks for brains and only one worry in the world and that's winning. Sound like a familiar past TV character of his? Ferrell is also a Writer on this film with Director Adam McKay, who together have made a solid comedy team since those SNL days, including 2004's "Anchor Man." But standing just as tall in this picture is the surprising man-about-town, Mr. Sasha Cohen (Borat, Ali G, Bruno) as Ricky Bobby's French nemesis, Jean Girard. This guy is such a great character actor it was difficult to even spot him at first. But who else would be brave enough to kiss Ferrell on the lips?


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