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Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2006
  • Adam McKay
  • 103 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Comedy starring Will Ferrell, John C Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen. Nascar racing champion Ricky Bobby has all the trappings of a successful career: a glamorous wife, a luxury home and a fanatical fanbase. But when French driver Jean Girard threatens Ricky's dominance, he seems ill-equipped to meet the challenge.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Ricky BobbyWill Ferrell
Cal Naughton JrJohn C Reilly
Jean GirardSacha Baron Cohen
Reese BobbyGary Cole
Lucius WashingtonMichael Clarke Duncan
Carley BobbyLeslie Bibb
Lucy BobbyJane Lynch
SusanAmy Adams
GregoryAndy Richter
Mrs DennitMolly Shannon
Larry Dennit JrGreg Germann
GlennJack McBrayer
KyleIan Roberts (2)
WalkerHouston Tumlin
Texas RangerGrayson Russell
Mr Dennit SrPat Hingle
HerschellDavid Koechner

Crew

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DirectorAdam McKay

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony Pictures Releasing
Released on
2006-09-15
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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