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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

 -  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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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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racing | nascar | friend | french | car racing | See more »

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

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Action | Comedy | Sport

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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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4 August 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$73,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$121,847 (Mexico) (29 September 2006)

Gross:

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

Wonder Bread, Old Spice, and Perrier were not charged for their product placement in the movie. Old Spice and Wonder Bread promoted the movie through back-end deals while Perrier was not required to take any action despite its presence in the movie. In addition, Ferrell showed up to many public appearances in his Wonder Bread uniform at no additional charge to the company. See more »

Goofs

Ricky Bobby's car is shown to have a 5 speed transmission with a reverse gear. However NASCAR only allows a 4 speed transmission with a reverse gear. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Referenced in Epic Movie (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Gentle on My Mind
(1967)
Written by John Hartford
Produced by Hal Willner
Published by Ensign Music LLC
Performed by Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams appears courtesy of Lost Highway Records
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Long Overdue NASCAR Parody
4 August 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

You still get plenty of fast paced action, muscle cars, and massive car crashes. You just get to laugh a lot too.

Will Ferrell really doesn't get enough credit for his acting. As mindless as it seems, he still manages to make it believable. You have to keep in mind it's usually during over-the-top parodies, so it's supposed to be carefree and with complete disdain, yet he still manages to make it intelligent most of the time (at least in this film), so the result is far more than simple fart and gross-out type jokes.

He also had the benefit of writing this film, cast members like John C. Reilly and Sasha Baron Cohen, and a focus for the film in deep need of parody. NASCAR has been long overdue.


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