Sunday, August 06, 2006
Movie Reviews: TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY
TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY
NASCAR stud Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) is a national hero and the best driver in the biz. His racing partner, childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly), makes for a great teammate, one who almost always crosses the finish line in second place, right behind Ricky. But when a French Formula One driver named Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) challenges the duo for racing supremacy, it's a battle the likes of which the sporting world has never seen.
Cast Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen, John C. Reilly, Amy Adams, Gary Cole, Elvis Costello
Director(s) Adam McKay
Writer(s) Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
Status In theaters (wide)
Genre(s) Action/Adventure, Rivalry, Sports (General), Competitions
Release Date Aug. 4, 2006
Running Time 105 minutes
MPAA Rating PG-13 - for crude and sexual humor, language, drug references and brief comic violence
Will Ferrell has been in his fair share of movies of late. Some classics, like Anchorman, others not so much, Bewitched.Kicking and Screaming. Teaming with producer Judd Apatow, The 40-Year Old Virgin, and Anchorman director Adam McKay was a master stroke. Ferrell is in top form here, not quite up to the level of Ron Burgundy but he still delivers an excellent performance as Ricky Bobby. Nobody quite plays the loveable moron like Will Ferrell and here he sinks his teeth into this part. Talladega Nights is very much like Ricky Bobby himself, there isnt anything deep or meaningful to the whole thing but its just a joy to watch, so much so that even the parts that are played into the ground in previews are still funny on the big screen. The rest of the cast fills in nicely with special nods going to Gary Cole, Lumbergh from Office Space, and Sacha Baron Cohen, Ali G & Borat, who are real scene stealers. This briskly paced movie is an excellent way to laugh 105 minutes away and it probably one of the few ways many of us will ever watch something NASCAR related, even if its a satire.