Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Movie Stats & Links
||Will Ferrell, John
C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Leslie Bibb, Amy Adams
||It's got sex talk
and some naughty words, so keeps the younger ones at home.
||If she can chuckle
at dumb lines that don't make any sense.
||Lots of boner talk
and sexy outfits.
||Lots of chuckles.
stabbing himself in the leg and the comedy that follows.
||There's lot of
one-liners, but towards the end, Ricky goes to Cal, "She's
like a tractor-beam of hotness."
||Judd Apatow, Jimmy Miller
Iím not really sure how to open this movie review for
"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." I guess Iíll
just say that I have a new actress to stalk, and itís not
Leslie Bibb. Letís just get to the story first, and weíll go
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
A Movie Review
For this movie weíve got Will Ferrell playing Ricky
Bobby. All of his life he has wanted to go fast and wanted
to be first, thanks to a quote from his dad, "If you ain't
first, youíre last," and finally, during a NASCAR race where
he is a member of the pit-crew, the driver bails on the team
so Ricky Bobby gets in the driverís seat. Turns out Rickyís
dumb as a box of rocks, but he sure can drive. Next thing
you know Ricky is the king of NASCAR, gets the hot, blonde
wife, Carley (Leslie Bibb), has two of the worst mannered
kids in the world, and his best friend Cal (John C. Reilly)
sticks with him, even though Ricky never shares the winning
ways to Cal. But Ricky isnít loved by the team owner, Larry
(Greg Germann), and Larry brings in Jean Girard (Sacha Baron
Cohen) to crush Ricky. Jean is French, gay, and everything
NASCAR isnít, but of course, when he starts winning, no one
In any case, Ricky has a really bad race where he is in
the horriblist of horrible crashes (except for the even more
horriblist of crashes to come later in the film), and his
mind isnít right. He loses his woman, loses the ability to
drive, thinks he loses his ability to walk, and ends up
delivering pizza on a bicycle. So itís up to his wayward,
drunk, father to get Ricky back in the driverís seat, get
past the fear, and get him racing again, and Dad almost does
the trick, but in the end itís a good woman who sets Ricky
straight, right back to Talladega Superspeedway where Ricky
and Jean will face off one more time. Does Ricky win the
race? Will Jean get to kiss Ricky? Does Carley stay hot? Can
Grandma make nice boys out of Rickyís kids?
All of these questions are answered, but really, that
doesnít matter because what does matter is if the movie is
as funny as the trailer showed it to be, and I have to say
Hereís the thing Ė I did find myself chuckling during a
lot of the movie, with a few out-and-out laughs, but "Ricky
Bobby" also had moments where I just thought the jokes were
dragging on too long. My case in point for the dragging, at
least for me, was the dinner scene, with Ricky saying
"Grace" to the little baby Jesus. It started funny, but then
seemed to carry-on about three tries too many at jokes that
weren't working anymore.
Will Ferrell was his predictably funny self, but it
almost seems the film folks think that his "running around
and screaming" bit can carry an entire movie, and sadly,
they beat it into the ground. Sacha Baron Cohen was great as
the French, gay dude, out to beat Ricky, and yet out to see
if Ricky can beat him. But bizarre in the movie was Molly
Shannon as Larryís perpetually drunk wife.
So I suppose I will say that I did like "Talladega
Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," but not as much as I
thought I would. I will also say this, that I can easily see
this movie becoming one of my "when I come across it on
cable Iíll have to watch it" films. Thereís enough
good-hearted dumbness in the movie that I know I wonít be
able to turn away. And in terms of product placement, no one
has learned that lesson better than the folks at NASCAR, and
the movie keeps up that reputation, even inserting a blatant
"commercial" for Powerade as Ricky is saying "Grace." That
moment was classic.
Had either Leslie Bibb or the new actress I must stalk,
Amy Adams (she plays Rickyís assistant, Susan), gotten
naked, or they had gone for an R-rating for the movie, I
think I would have instantly liked the movie more, but for
now, itís 2.5 stars out of 5. Future viewings may change my
thinking about my rating, but for now, Iím sticking with it.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!