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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby


Ricky Bobby - Will Ferrell
Cal Naughton, Jr - John C. Reilly
Jean Girard - Sacha Baron Cohen
Reese Bobby - Gary Cole
Lucius Washington - Michael Clarke Duncan
Carley Bobby - Leslie Bibb
Lucy Bobby - Jane Lynch
Susan - Amy Adams
Gregory - Andy Richter
Mrs. Dennit - Molly Shannon

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Synopsis: NASCAR stock car racing sensation Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) is a national hero because of his "win at all costs" approach. He and his loyal racing partner, childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly), 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 (Sacha Baron Cohen) 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.

Review: In short this film was wonderful mindless FUN. Do not go into the film expecting much of a plot as it is completely cookie-cutter (i.e. kid grows up to race car, man is top driver in the world and then it all comes crumbling down and he learns who he really is, and then truly wins..blah blah blah). This film is merely a platform for Will Ferrell’s brand of humor and pokes great fun at the NASCAR scene and America ’s fascination with it. Just sit back, turn your brain off, and enjoy Ferrell doing what he does best..and that is make his audience laugh…A LOT.

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While watching it I couldn’t help but think of some of the early Adam Sandler films like “Billy Madison” and “Happy Gilmore” (two of my personal comedic favs) in some of the bizarre one-liners and odd characters that come out of nowhere.

Standout performances abound with Gary Cole (?) as Ricky Bobby’s degenerate pothead father and Ricky’s two kids, Walker and Texas Ranger. His buddy Cal (played by John C Reilly) is a great “Robin” to Will ’s “Batman” and has some great lines throughout the film, especially when telling Ricky about some things he did while Ricky is in a self-induced coma after his “accident.”

Ferrell seems to be channeling Burt Reynolds from “Cannonball Run” along with his impersonation of George W Bush from SNL and it comes off perfectly.


*Review by "Moriarty" , Ain't It Cool News


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