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He and his loyal racing partner Cal Naughton Jr, are a fearless duo, known as "Shake" and "Bake" by their fans for their ability to finish so many races in first and second positions, with Cal always in second place.
When flamboyant French Formula One driver Jean Girard challenges them 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......
Here's the thing about Will Ferrell, It seems that whenever he appears in a sports based comedy, they tend to be very poor, and not very funny at all. Kicking And Screaming, Semi-Pro, Blades Of Glory were really poor comedies, and appeared to be mocking the fans of the actual sport.
This is the best of a very bad bunch, but that's really faint praise, because again, it appears that McKay is doing nothing more than mocking the sports fans and the people who partake.
Ferrell is fine, basically playing the king fool in a ship of fools.
It's far too long, and although Cole is the best thing in the film, they really stretch out the training aspect of the film.
If you like your films with foul mouthed children, idle threats to vulnerable people, and choc full of xenophobia and homophobia, be my guest.
I think I laughed once, and that scene was in the trailer.
Talladega Nights Movie Review "If you ain't first you're last." (Ricky Bobby) Ricky Bobby, Will Ferrell,comedy genius to perfection" (Jamie Russell Rotten Tomatoes), becomes the best NASCAR driver, then loses everything when Jean Girard, Sacha Baron Cohen aka Ali G, steals the win from him, leading Ricky to not win for awhile. Then Ricky, makes a comeback when Ricky and Girard crash, leading to a running race to the finish line. In Talladega Nights, Adam McKay creates a comedy using a North Carolinian stereotype through Ricky Bobby. Two parts of the movie were similar to real life situations. First, the costumes were close copies to actual driver suits. The movie used real NASCAR suits that made it more realistic. Additionally, the cars were authentically represented as they had sponsors and logos on the side of the cars. According to Tom Neven, a movie critic, "there has never been any good NASCAR movies, but Will Ferrell ended that streak" (Tom Neven Plugged In) to depict a real life situation.While the director Adam McKay made a spoof of the racing world, NASCAR lovers still found it realistic and amusing. People who watch NASCAR were not offended with the movie. They thought it was a realistic movie about a driver that loves to win races. The special effects in Talladega Nights were not too impressive, however, the movie was not designed for that purpose. In the movie the special effects were fine that I could notice. In Talladega Nights the special effects were not the greatest in the eyes of a movie critic, but to an average person they were realistic, for example when Ricky Bobby thinks he on fire after he crashes. The special effects were not supposed to be Academy Award winning, but was just supposed to be a spoof of NASCAR. Talladega Nights was an appealing movie because the directors used authentic costumes and cars to make it believable. Additionally the special effects were not fantastic but convincing. I highly recommend this movie to people that enjoy comedy movies.
That said, Gary Cole easily walks away with this movie - which that guy has a knack for doing, but it's still fun to watch. Then again, it is a full-length movie built on Will Ferrell's Dubya impression.
Adam McKay has dabbled in satire previously with the original Anchorman film and its more recent sequel. These films were mostly successful in this respect as well as being reasonably funny. For me, McKay has been less successful when he's dabbled in other genres - his buddy cop film The Other Guys was beyond awful. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is McKay's satirical look at the sport of speedway which thankfully does work fairly well...
For me, Will Ferrell is a frustrating actor as I find that he can either be really irritating or fairly amusing. His performance very much depends on the material that he's given and the director that he works with. McKay seemed to allow Ferrell to be more natural in both Anchorman and Talladega Nights resulting in Ferrell being allowed to be funny and sort of endearing rather than being outright annoying likes he's been in other films. Sacha Baron Cohen is also excellent here in what can be described as fairly comfortable territory for him - he's essentially playing another quirky character with a ridiculous accent and most importantly entertains the audience whilst doing it. Baron Cohen plays a gay character here, but actually manages to make his character funny without being nauseating or over-the top (like he was in Bruno). Leslie Bibb plays the stock clichéd empty-headed shallow trophy-wife in such an over-the-top way that she's actually quite fun to watch. McKay's characterisation here is spot on and what they lack in depth they do make up for by just being fun to watch.
McKay takes some risks here by casting a character that's gay and actually making fun of the character for being gay but I found many of the jokes to be relatively inoffensive and many jokes here lean to being more suggestive or being used by way of double-entendre (which are arguably smarter ways to gain laughs). Ricky's foul-mouthed kids do grate a bit from time to time, but McKay does address this issue when the kids met their grandmother and she gives them some much needed discipline.
The film does lose some momentum in the second half when things start to fall apart for Ricky and we see him trying to re-build some of the remnants of his shattered life and career, but thankfully there are still plenty of amusing scenes (his dad coaching him and his scenes as a pizza delivery guy were funny and still helped to keep things moving).
All in all, Talladega nights may not keep the laughs consistently coming and at close to two hours it is a little on the long side, but despite the generous running time the film still moved along relatively smoothly and I still found plenty to enjoy here.
Will Farrell is obviously an acquired taste and he and the film strain at being funny and it shows. The lines are delivered so clunkyly badly and with no pace that it is as though the actors aren't reacting to each other.All the French stuff is of course insulting and of course he's gay and has a husband.let's all laugh at the funny French man! Quite who it is aimed at I don't know but obviously not my age group(over 60).
Good decent film. Nothing special, watchability is strong but nothing you probably haven't seen before. Keep going with these films Will and people will keep turning up. Hopefully he doesn't slip as he has a couple of times before.
Everybody is a wild and crazy character. It needs a straight man for the team. It's completely insane. It's funny at first but the craziness does get tiresome. Without a straight man, this doesn't take a break or allow the audience to see the jokes reacted to. Even Ron Burgundy has Veronica Corningstone. There are some truly hilarious laughs like Ricky stabbing himself in the leg. I smiled for much of the movie. I just didn't have enough big gut busting laughs.
So I wasn't optimistic about this, add in I am not a Will Ferrell fan, I am surprised this made it into the DVD player But what a joy, proper belly laugh and clever humour from start to finish and by all the cast which is rare, some of the best laughs come from the minor roles, the team owners wife orgasm had me roaring. The material mocking some American ideals worked very well, the grace scene with the baby Jesus and the gay kiss must have a hit a few American nerves.
So as a comedy it suited my British sense of humour and if you are not a motorsport fan then don't worry the film stands on its comedy value alone.
IF you are a motorsport fan you are in for a treat, the access they must have got to NASCAR is unbelievable, the racing and crashes makes "Days of thunder" look like "Driving miss daisy" and some great in jokes about motorsport ie cutting to the ads during a crucial moment of the race. The last racing sequence was better than anything I saw in "Rush" Just thought of a funny American film "Airplane" and it is the same style of humour.
Don't turn off straight away, out take reel is worth a watch WWW.KUDOSFILMCLUBREVIEWS.BLOGSPOT.CO.UK
The Plot:Ricky Bobby Is A Nascar Driver He always wins at number one position with his friend until a man from France jean Girard challenges him Ricky;s life becomes a living nightmare after getting defeated by Girard,he looses his job,wife dumps him and hes got another rival hes got to watch out for his former best friend turned enemy Cal Naughton Jr.
the cast:aside from Will Ferrel he looked awesome and got great comic timing he was very powerful here in the role,Sacha Baron Cochen was nice to see,John C Reilly as a great side hero, Lisle Bibb appears as a sexy hot lady but out of them all what was Amy Adams doing here i though she does got some humor in her it shows here.
this film came in 2006 its got a theatrical version and an uncut version i saw the rated r version the first time i think i lost that one but this film does need a uncut version again with a lot of deleted scenes are more for fans to enjoy as i did,the theatrical edited version is a mess so beware of that and don't buy it only get unrated version.
Over All Talladega Nights:The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby 2006 is a great film to watch its one of the most amazing comedy film ever made from the last decade i totally enjoyed it you will too just don't look at critic reviews please My Rating Is 10/10 Must See.Recommended
If you're into shallow laughter then that is fine. Different strokes for different folks; however, if you want to enjoy an entertaining comedy that has great character development and execution, then you may like Talladega Nights.
Give it a shot.
Ferrell plays the title character, an arrogant and dim-witted stock car driver, whose winning philosophy was based on something his father said to him as a child, whose life is altered forever when he has a serious accident and after a lengthy rehab, tries to resume his life and learns that his best friend has moved in with his wife and kids, taken over his career, and has to depend on his long lost father to take his life back. Ferrell and Adam McKay have concocted one of the smartest and funniest screenplays in comedy history which takes effective pot shots at the stock car driving industry as well as the advertising industry as well. McKay's energized direction is also a big plus, but its Ferrell and his winning cast that really make this one shine.
Ferrell is hysterical, as always, and gets solid comic support from the always reliable John C. Reilly as Cal Naughton, Ricky's best friend who finally takes advantage of his chance to move out of Ricky's shadow, Leslie Bibb as Ricky's gold-digging wife, David Keocher and Michael Clarke Duncan as members of Ricky's pit crew, Jane Lynch as Ricky's mom, and in a performance that comes as close as I have seen anyone to steal a movie from Will Ferrell, Gary Cole as Ricky's derelict Dad, whose training sessions to get Ricky back on the track are hysterical. Sasha Baron Cohen provides some giggles as well in a sexually androgynous variation of his BORAT character.
The film provides solid laughs from beginning to end, especially for Ferrell fans. Check out this comic gem.
I definitely recommend this movie to all Will Ferrell Fans!
It is hard to explain, but how they captured and capitalized on the satire of the south (and this coming from someone born and raised in the south) was just hilarious; each of the characters, their attitudes, their accents, everything. Definitely a funny, brain-dead movie.
You can't take this flick seriously, if you do, you're missing the point. That being said, I'll have to contradict myself and talk about the French guy. The "pépé le pew" stereotype is over the top, even for this movie. The actor, maybe at the demand of the director, really went overboard with the accent, without even bringing in anything new. At least, when they mocked American bravado in the crepe scene, they didn't make Will more brave, they fed him counter points by having all the other characters defecting, even himself and his best friends who still told him not to concede the point.
Alright, that was too long.
The movie is an excellent laugh, and the twist really funny, especially the instant take over of the family, the cougar, and the taming of the young ones.
If you love Nascar or Will Ferrell or want to see a wacky movie, it's for you.
It's infuriating because every time, the story has potential and the duo manages to create a unique and special universe with crazier characters. But everything is unfortunately badly or under developed, leaving mixed feelings and a certain frustration.
Let's note that the best aspect of the movie is Jean Girard character played by an excellent Baron Cohen.