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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

PG-13 | | 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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Adam McKay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Ricky Bobby
John C. Reilly ... Cal Naughton Jr.
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Jean Girard
Gary Cole ... Reese Bobby
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Lucius Washington
Leslie Bibb ... Carley Bobby
Jane Lynch ... Lucy Bobby
Amy Adams ... Susan
Andy Richter ... Gregory
Molly Shannon ... Mrs. Dennit
Greg Germann ... Larry Dennit Jr.
David Koechner ... Hershell
Jack McBrayer ... Glenn
Ian Roberts ... Kyle
Pat Hingle ... Mr. Dennit Sr.
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High, Wide, and Handsome See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$72,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$148,213,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,966,177
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)| DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The first four hundred thousand PlayStation 3 systems included a Blu-ray copy of this movie, a month before the DVD release. See more »

Goofs

When Ricky Bobby is being interviewed by a news crew, one of them is holding a Panaflex 35mm motion picture film camera - obviously, the film's cinematographer. Panaflex cameras are not, nor have they ever been, used to film news. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The "Unrated and Uncut!" DVD version of the film is missing the scene where Ricky recruits his former pit crew from a car wash. See more »

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Referenced in TruInside: Groundlings (2016) See more »

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Locomotivelung
(1991)
Written and Performed by Pegboy
Published by Pegboy Publishing
Courtesy of Quarterstick Records
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an entirely solid follow-up
29 August 2006 | by Okonh0wpSee all my reviews

Two summers ago, Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay teamed up for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the best display of improvisational comedy on screen since Christopher Guest (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) entered the scene. This summer, the pair re-teamed for a sort of quasi-sequel as evidenced by the colon and "The Legend of" in the title. Will Ferrell stars as moderately dim-witted race car driver Ricky Bobby who differs from Anchorman's protagonist Ron Burgundy in that he is a more fully-fleshed out character. His need for speed on the track is guided by a void left by his race car driving dad's (Gary Cole's) abandonment. Along for the ride is the ever-so-versatile John C. Riley as perennial sidekick Cal Naughton Jr. who literally finishes second to him in every race. He suggests to his buddy maybe, just once, he can let him win just once to which Ricky Bobby replies, "Well I see where you're coming from but if you win, how am I gonna win."

Talladega is more likable to its subject than a strict satire, because it firmly implants itself in the Nascar world and picks on its more absurd elements. In particular, the heavy emphasis on sponsorship in NASCAR takes a heavy beating with things like Ricky Bobby being contractually obligated to include Powerade in his grace. The ensemble of characters doesn't produce that same energy that Anchorman had, but Talladega Nights did have some priceless bits of humor and it works just as well, perhaps even better, as a feel-good movie.


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