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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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Number one 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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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


$72,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,042,215, 6 August 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

| (8 channels)|


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The young woman who plays the artist during the brunch scene at the French driver's house is actually the artist of that painting. She was commissioned to do the painting and was then asked if she would play the artist in the film. See more »


The North Carolina State Highway Patrol cars are shown with civilian-style license plates. As of 2004, the NCSHP only puts civilian-style license plates on unmarked patrol cars. 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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Written by Andreas Kisser, Igor Cavalera, Paulo Jr. (as Paulo Pinto) and Max Cavalera
Published by BMG Songs, Inc.
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Sharp & Stupid
3 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's a pretty funny movie. You could tell Will Ferrell and Sacha Cohen (aka Ali G) and John C. Reilly all had the opportunity to improvise lines and riff on one another, and all three were pretty good.

Ricky Bobby's kids were given some choice lines and nailed home some great (albeit loud and aggro) deliveries. Amy Adams is totally hot. The dad role was well-played. The car action was money and you couldn't quite tell when it was CG and when it was recreated action, so that was good. They did it right.

The overabundance of seeded advertising was acknowledged in the film's dialogue and concretely addressed at the end of the movie (when Ricky Bobby goes sponsorless0 but it was still kind of annoying. I just can't understand how Hollywood blockbusters need more money. They could do the same movie without the extra $$ I think, but in this particular movie, set as it is with NASCAR, it certainly fits in the world we see on screen if there is rampant, colorful advertising.

So it's a good movie, a lot of gut laughs, and not unlike Dodgeball or Anchorman or the like...

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