Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

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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 borderline-abusively precocious sons, and an endless line of endorsement deals filling his mansion ...
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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 borderline-abusively precocious sons, and an endless line of endorsement deals filling his mansion with toys and 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 flamboyand 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 race car 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.
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Special Features

Deleted & extended scenes; Gag reel; Will Ferrell returns to Talladega; Line-o-rama; Bonus race footage; Interviews with Ricky, Cal & Carley; Director and friends commentary; Unrated extended cut exclusives; 13 more minutes not seen in theaters; Additional deleted scenes; Ricky & Cal's commercials; More interviews; Ricky and Cal's PSAs ; And more!
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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.
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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: 043396172333
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Unrated Version / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD

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
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 Jr. 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
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 Wilner 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. I 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. I 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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
   Superspeedway (With Video Intros)
      Previews
         The Pursuit of Happyness
         Ghost Rider
         The Da Vinci Code
         Little Man
         Click
         Curse of the Golden Flower
         Coming to Blu-Ray
         An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder
         Seinfeld Season 7
      Special Features
         Commentary With Director & Friends: On
         Commentary With Director & Friends: Off
         Deleted & Extended Scenes
            Play All
            Going for the Win
            I'm Hot
            Little Sticker on Windshield
            Ricky in Hospital
            Gas Money
            Jenga Scene (Extended)
            What'd You Do Today?
            Cal Calls Ricky (TV Room v.1)
            Return to the Garage
         Gag Reel
         Line-O-Rama
         Walker & Texas Ranger
         Ricky & Cal's Commercials
         Ricky & Cal's Public Service Announcements
         Interviews
            Play All
            Ricky & Cal
            Jean & Gregory
            Cal & Carley
         Will Ferrell Returns to Talladega
         Bonus Race Footage
         Nascar Page
            Chase for the Nascar Nextel Cup Spot
            Daytona 500 Spot
            Sirius Satellite Radio: Nascar Coming in 2007 Spot
         Theatrical Trailer
         Previews
            The Pursuit of Happyness
            Ghost Rider
            The Da Vinci Code
            Little Man
            Click
            Curse of the Golden Flower
            Coming to Blu-Ray
            An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder
            Seinfeld Season 7
      Scene Selections
      Languages
         Audio Set Up: English
         Audio Set Up: French
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: French
         Subtitles: Subtitles Off
      Play Movie
   Short Track (No Video Intros)
      Previews
         The Pursuit of Happyness
         Ghost Rider
         The Da Vinci Code
         Little Man
         Click
         Curse of the Golden Flower
         Coming to Blu-Ray
         An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder
         Seinfeld Season 7
      Special Features
         Commentary With Director & Friends: On
         Commentary With Director & Friends: Off
         Deleted & Extended Scenes
            Play All
            Going for the Win
            I'm Hot
            Little Sticker on Windshield
            Ricky in Hospital
            Gas Money
            Jenga Scene (Extended)
            What'd You Do Today?
            Cal Calls Ricky (TV Room v.1)
            Return to the Garage
         Gag Reel
         Line-O-Rama
         Walker & Texas Ranger
         Ricky & Cal's Commercials
         Ricky & Cal's Public Service Announcements
         Interviews
            Play All
            Ricky & Cal
            Jean & Gregory
            Cal & Carley
         Will Ferrell Returns to Talladega
         Bonus Race Footage
         Nascar Page
            Chase for the Nascar Nextel Cup Spot
            Daytona 500 Spot
            Sirius Satellite Radio: Nascar Coming in 2007 Spot
         Theatrical Trailer
         Previews
            The Pursuit of Happyness
            Ghost Rider
            The Da Vinci Code
            Little Man
            Click
            Curse of the Golden Flower
            Coming to Blu-Ray
            An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder
            Seinfeld Season 7
      Scene Selections
      Languages
         Audio Set Up: English
         Audio Set Up: French
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: French
         Subtitles: Subtitles Off
      Play Movie
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    John C. Reilly was KING in this movie!

    Oh man I love this movie!<BR/><BR/>"Hey man you wanna come over and play with some G.I. Joes?"<BR/><BR/>"Yeah, that would be...wait NO! no I do not want to go over and play with you!"<BR/><BR/>"What why man? Come on im bored."<BR/><BR/>"No! Im still mad at you!"<BR/><BR/>"What? Really why? Oh cause I married your wife? Man you still mad about that it was a week ago!"<BR/><BR/>hahaha!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You will watch NASCAR because of this movie!

    Will Ferrell was at his best creatively! The outstanding one-liners teamed up with Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen, and a whole team of comics just makes the film! I am overly excited about the deleted scenes outtakes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    This movie is so great that I watched it twice at the theatres. I love the part where they get kicked out of Applebee's. Fun for the whole family. If their a little older, that is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great comedy....

    ....but I must admit that the scenes with Ricky Bobby's unruly children badmouthing granpa were a bit un-nerving to me, but grandma set them kids on the straight and narrow path. Otherwise, this movie is disgusting at times but truly a great comedy. Will Ferrell has done it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie Ever

    I saw this movie twice in the theaters. It's my new favorite. Ricky Bobby is hilarious. His kids, Walker and Texas Ranger, are great too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "That's Awsome!"

    Will Ferrel does it again in this halarious comedy! I don't usually go to see comedies in theartres, but this one is definatley worth it. I saw it with my brother and two friends and we all loved it. Every single cast member is great. Finally, a movie just for guys! Seriously, this movie has everything a guy can want, cars, stupid men, beutiful woman, and knee slapping fun! This is a movie for the 14 and up crowd. Take the PG-13 seriously.

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