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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Sport | 4 August 2006 (USA)
#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test.

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NASCAR stock car racing sensation Ricky Bobby is a national hero because of his "win at all costs" approach. He and his loyal racing partner, childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr., are a fearless duo -- "Shake" and "Bake" by their fans for their ability to finish so many races in the #1 and #2 positions, with Cal always in second place. When flamboyant French Formula One driver Jean Girard challenges "Shake" and "Bake" for the supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as racing's top driver. Written by CartmanKun@aol.com

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language, drug references and brief comic violence | See all certifications »

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$72,500,000 (estimated)

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$47,042,215 (USA) (6 August 2006)

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$148,213,377 (USA)
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The song in the film named "Goodbye Cowboy" was written and performed by Will Ferrell's father, Lee Ferrell. See more »

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At the final race, when Cal and Ricky are arguing, Ricky grabs Cal. During this whole time, Carly has not been wearing sunglasses, however shortly after Ricky grabs Cal and begins apologising, Carly is suddenly wearing sunglasses. See more »

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[first lines]
Reese Bobby: [Reese is speeding] Guess how fast we're going now!
Lucy Bobby: [screams] I don't care! I'm having a baby!
Reese Bobby: Hundred and five miles an hour! Can you believe that!
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During the opening credits, the following quote is displayed: "America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, bad ass speed."
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Written by Andreas Kisser, Igor Cavalera, Paulo Jr. (as Paulo Pinto) and Max Cavalera
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Dumb but entertaining racing comedy
7 January 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

In Talladega Nights, Will Farrell and Jon C. Reilly head a nicely assembled cast (without a lot of star power) in a story about a fool who happens to be a race car driver and who has based his entire life philosophy around a phrase uttered by his alcoholic father during a drunk - "If you ain't first, you're last". Ricky Bobby rides high in his largely unexamined life until, predictably, he eventually crashes hard when confronted with a gay French intellectual who just might be a better driver than he is, and a boss who does not appreciate his arrogance.

Talladega Nights uses a narrative and editing style reminiscent of the brilliant Deathrace 2000 to create an entirely different effect - unlike Deathrace 2000's intellectually challenging political and social commentary, Talladega Nights is a simple absurdist comedy played out by several stereotypes in the contemporary racing entertainment industry. The film is successful largely because of it's careful plotting and occasional substitution of slap-stick for (dumb) dialogue driven comedy. The script is nothing special, but was probably well edited in the final construction of the film in order to emphasize its occasional moments of brilliance. If you go into this without much in the way of expectations, you just might enjoy it.


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