Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

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Director: Adam McKay

Cast: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen

     
 

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When America's number-one NASCAR speed-demon is issued a direct challenge from a gay, French Formula One racer with a hunger for the top spot and a mean talent for tight-cornering, the race is on to become the number one-man in all of NASCAR in a full-throttle comedy starring Will Ferrell and directed by Anchorman cohort See more details below

Overview

When America's number-one NASCAR speed-demon is issued a direct challenge from a gay, French Formula One racer with a hunger for the top spot and a mean talent for tight-cornering, the race is on to become the number one-man in all of NASCAR in a full-throttle comedy starring Will Ferrell and directed by Anchorman cohort Adam McKay. Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a national hero with a "smokin' hot" trophy wife, pair of abusively precocious sons, and an endless line of endorsement deals filling his mansion with toys and his driveway with sports cars and Hummers. His racing partner and lifelong friend, Cal Naughton, Jr. (John C. Reilly), never fails to provide him with a hand on the racetrack, frequently performing their trademark "slingshot" maneuver to shoot Ricky into first place, leaving Cal in second. While the public loves these buddies (popularly known by the meaningless childhood nicknames they find so exceedingly cool: "Shake and Bake"), a wedge comes between the two, as Ricky Bobby's longstanding winning-streak is broken by flamboyant French Formula One driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen), robbing Ricky of everything in an instant as the trauma leaves him unable to drive. Ricky's wife takes his fortunes while Cal takes his wife, and now he's back with his mother (Jane Lynch) and long-estranged father (Gary Cole). Things look bad for Ricky, but his father was once a racecar driver himself, and now with the help of a training montage, a live cougar, and the courage to drive without his gleaming-white Wonder Bread endorsement, Ricky might be ready to face the track again. Sony Pictures' unrated, widescreen DVD release includes many scenes not originally seen in the theatrical version interspersed into the film.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
"NASCAR culture" practically begs for satire; and with this delightfully silly movie, Will Ferrell happily provides it. Ferrell stars as Ricky Bobby -- scion of a speed-crazy family, undisputed king of the track, and, well, kind of a jerk. He’s fond enough of his bubble-headed blonde wife (Leslie Bibb), his momma (Jane Lynch), his boys, and even his best friend -- fellow driver Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly). But ole Ricky isn’t exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, and when a hotshot French Formula One driver (Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen) goads him into taking unnecessary chances, he gets careless and cracks up, literally and figuratively. Without the strength of character to endure reversals of fortune, Ricky turns into a nasty, drunken bum, just like the father who abandoned him (Gary Cole). Director Adam McKay, who co-wrote the script with Ferrell, shoots Talladega Nights as a twisted cross between a “mockumentary” and a conventional narrative film; it’s clear that the actors are frequently improvising, lending the proceedings a bizarre cinema vérité feel. It’s comedy king Ferrell’s show, of course, but the supporting players contribute their share, especially Cohen, whose heavily accented Frenchman gets played for more than a few chuckles. In this breeze of a comedy, easy laughs come around as quickly as the turns at Martinsville Speedway.
All Movie Guide
You can spoil a movie like Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby by saying too much about it, since most of the humor is almost impossible to accurately describe; you either like it or you don't. Fans of Will Ferrell know this brand of comedy well, and they'll find what they're looking for in this movie as Ferrell delivers a solid combination of his stock self-effacing dumbassery and an obvious sense of fun in exploring a new character. Talladega does seem like it exists in the same universe as Ferrell's last collaboration with director Adam McKay, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, even though Anchorman delivered more in terms of absolute manic hilarity. Where Talladega Nights lacks a vicious street fight between rival news teams, however, it makes up for it with John C. Reilly, a live cougar, and a dead-on satire of the white-trash NASCAR stereotype. A good example of this is Ricky's two young sons bearing the proud names Walker and Texas Ranger, a choice their mother vehemently defends: "If we wanted some wussies, we'd have named 'em Dr. Quinn and Medicine Woman!" The top-flipping, hee-hawing, KFC-is-a-balanced-meal end of the cultural spectrum isn't the only one that gets mocked: Sacha Baron Cohen proves he's capable of evoking laughter without dressing up as Borat or Ali G., as he assumes the role of a gay, French, Formula One driver with an intentionally muddled accent, a Perrier endorsement on his car, and a plan to retire with his husband to Stockholm where they can "design a currency to be used by dogs and cats." Reilly is awesomely funny as Ricky's sidekick Cal, filling the role we might have expected to see David Koechner in, and Gary Cole manages to make you laugh, rather than recoil, even though you can almost smell his dirty wife beater and can of Laughing Clown Malt Liquor. Still, if none of those descriptions sound enticing, this probably just isn't the comedy for you. If you're a fan of the Anchorman/Old School/Zoolander style WillFerrellism, however, Talladega Nights should provide more than adequate entertainment.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2006
UPC:
0043396172340
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
13,586

Special Features

Deleted and extended scenes; Gag reel; Will Ferrell returns to Talladega; Line-o-rama; Bonus race footage; Interviews with Ricky, Cal, and Carley; Director and friends commentary; Unrated extended cut exclusives; 13 more minutes not seen in theaters; Additional deleted scenes; Ricky and Cal's commercials; More interviews; Ricky and Cal's PSAs; And more!

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Ferrell Ricky Bobby
John C. Reilly Cal Naughton Jr.
Sacha Baron Cohen Jean Girard
Gary Cole Reese Bobby
Michael Clarke Duncan Lucius Washington
Leslie Bibb Carley Bobby
Jane Lynch Lucy Bobby
Amy Adams Susan
Andy Richter Gregory
Molly Shannon Mrs. Dennit
Greg Germann Larry Dennit Jr.
David Koechner Hershell
Jack McBrayer Glenn
Ian Roberts Kyle
Jason Davis Waffle House Manager
Lorrie Bess Crumley Schoolteacher
Dick Berggren Actor
Luke Bigham 10-Year Old Ricky
Austin Crimm 10-Year Old Cal
Adam McKay Terry Cheveaux
John D. King ESPN Reporter
Pat Hingle Mr. Dennit Sr.
Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Houston Tumlin Walker
Grayson Russell Texas Ranger
Ted Manson Chip
Danny Vinson Texas Ticket Seller
Sylvia G. Lyerly Texas Ticket Seller
Mike Joy Mike Joy
Larry McReynolds Larry McReynolds
Darrell Waltrip Darrell Waltrip
Jamie McMurray Jamie McMurray
Dan Cox Bartender
Bob Jenkins Bob Jenkins
Rob Riggle Jack Telmont
William Boyer Rescue Worker
Ruffin Copeland Doctor
Richard Benjamin Reporter
Matt Day Pizza Delivery Boy
Christoph Sanders Pizza Delivery Boy
Pete Burris Police Officer
Frank Hoyt Taylor Frank
Conrad Ricamora DMV Officer
Angie Fox Waitress
Jim Wise Jim Bohampton
Rebecca Koon Car Wash Customer
Elvis Costello Elvis Costello
Mos Def Mos Def
Bill Weber Bill Weber
Benny Parsons Benny Parsons
Wally Dellenbach Wally Dallenbach
Jack Blessing Jarvis
John Baker Ted Beamen
Robert R. Lee Talladega Ticket Seller
Matt Coulter PA Announcer
Jake Johnson 5 Year-Old Ricky

Technical Credits
Adam McKay Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Judd Apatow Producer
Josh Church Associate Producer
Andrew Jay Cohen Associate Producer
Garry J. Elmendorf Special Effects Supervisor
Will Ferrell Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Richard Glover Executive Producer
Clayton R. Hartley Production Designer
David B. Householter Executive Producer
Allison Jones Casting
Chess Jones Camera Operator
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Susan Matheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara Mesney Set Decoration/Design
Jimmy Miller Producer
Sarah Nettinga Executive Producer
Robert Newcomb Camera Operator
Virginia Randolph-Weaver Art Director
Matt Rebenkoff Asst. Director
Mark Ulano Sound/Sound Designer
Brent White Cinematographer,Editor
Hal Willner Musical Direction/Supervision
Oliver Wood Cinematographer
Alex Wurman Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
1. Want to Go Fast [4:00]
2. Shake and Bake [3:52]
3. Two First Names [3:55]
4. I Piss Excellence [6:03]
5. Sling Shot Engage [3:52]
6. Really Thin Pancakes [7:23]
7. New Teammate [2:08]
8. Never Ever [3:06]
9. Pepe Le Bitch [2:47]
10. I'm on Fire [3:13]
11. Tough Love [6:37]
12. Frenchie Can Drive [4:12]
13. Magic Man [3:54]
14. Father Son Chat [3:28]
15. Face the Fear [6:30]
16. Feel the Road [5:03]
17. Ricky Bobby's Back [3:15]
18. Million Dollar Question [3:49]
19. Win to Get Love [6:19]
20. Brunch at Jean's [4:20]
21. Race Day [2:54]
22. Tough Tactics [3:04]
23. Getting in His Head [5:09]
24. Mike Honcho Himself [2:47]
25. Final Lap [2:23]
26. Neck and Neck [1:16]
27. Taste of America [5:24]
28. Pretty Perfect [10:27]
1. Want to Go Fast [4:00]
2. Shake and Bake [3:52]
3. Two First Names [3:55]
4. I Piss Excellence [6:03]
5. Sling Shot Engage [3:52]
6. Really Thin Pancakes [7:23]
7. New Teammate [2:08]
8. Never Ever [3:06]
9. Pepe Le Bitch [2:47]
10. I'm on Fire [3:13]
11. Tough Love [6:37]
12. Frenchie Can Drive [4:12]
13. Magic Man [3:54]
14. Father Son Chat [3:28]
15. Face the Fear [6:30]
16. Feel the Road [5:03]
17. Ricky Bobby's Back [3:15]
18. Million Dollar Question [3:49]
19. Win to Get Love [6:19]
20. Brunch at Jean's [4:20]
21. Race Day [2:54]
22. Tough Tactics [3:04]
23. Getting in His Head [5:09]
24. Mike Honcho Himself [2:47]
25. Final Lap [2:23]
26. Neck and Neck [1:16]
27. Taste of America [5:24]
28. Pretty Perfect [10:27]

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