Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Adam McKay (2006)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This is one of those movies where the cast let you know that they had a whale of a time making the film; the trouble is that they pretty much leave the audience out of the fun. Will Ferrell, here looking for a big hit following the underwhelming box-office performances of Bewitched and The Producers, stars as the eponymous Nascar champion who is forced to take on his nemesis, gay French driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen). Director Adam McKay (Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy) and Ferrell apparently improvised a great deal of the screenplay and the result is sloppy and self-indulgent. They make the further mistake of weighing down what should be a featherlight movie with a lumpen "absent father" subplot and endless racing scenes. There's the odd funny moment, but the film is finally undermined by a homophobic undertone, which wouldn't be so irritating if the jokes it generated were at least mildly amusing.


A Nascar racing champion has everything he could want - until an arrogant French rival seizes the title from him, and his wife runs off with his best friend. Forced to move back in with his mother, the downhearted driver turns to his estranged father for help rebuilding his shattered self-confidence. Comedy, starring Will Ferrell, John C Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Cast & Crew

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
Larry Dennit Jr Greg Germann
Glenn Jack McBrayer
Kyle Ian Roberts (2)
Walker Houston Tumlin
Texas Ranger Grayson Russell
Mr Dennit Sr Pat Hingle
Herschell David Koechner
Director Adam McKay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony Pictures ReleasingGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Sep 2006