Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby ***
I really wasn’t expecting much from this Will Ferrell comedy about a redneck NASCAR race car driver. It looked dumb and since I could care less about people driving around a track again and again, I thought it would be a big disappointment. But since it was given a thumbs-up on Ebert & Roeper, I decided to give it a chance. Boy, was I surprised at how much I did enjoy this film. I really liked it.
Farrel is funny without being obnoxious and best of all, there are quite a few other very funny characters and scenes throughout this film. His redneck kids in the film are a riot and the music is great and placed at just the right spots in the film. The product placements are there in EVERY scene and at one point at the dinner table they all take the time to have a little fun with it. This is not unlike the racing scene itself who uses every inch of a car, shirt, or billboard to promote a product. There is one scene where Amy Adams (Junebug) gives Ferrell a motivational speech that rivals anything else in recent memory.
This is a very good film and it will make an excellent Will Ferrell double feature when you combine it with Stranger Than Fiction. Both are a lot of fun and definitely worth watching.
Lifelong friends and national idols Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) and Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly) have earned their NASCAR stripes with their uncanny knack of finishing races in the first and second slots, respectively. But when rival French driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) coasts onto the track to challenge the duo, they’ll have to floor it to retain their status as top dogs.
Sameritech’s 4 star guide:
**** Loved it
*** Really liked it
** Average, but watchable
* Didn’t like it, wasted my time, would rather have watched a George Bush speech
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