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Talladega Nights (SE)
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12.12.2006 By: Sturdy
Talladega Nights (SE) order
Director:
Adam McKay

Actors:
Will Ferrell
John C. Reilly
Sacha Baron Cohen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Ricky Bobby is one of the best drivers in NASCAR history. But when a foreign driver comes on the scene, his world is turned upside down. He loses his wife, his house and his confidence, but he must find a way to regain all and show the world Ricky Bobby is number one.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iíll come right out and say that this is one of the funniest comedies Iíve seen in years. The impressive thing about TALLADEGA NIGHTS as opposed to some of Will Ferrells other hits is the laughs keep coming in Talladega. The dry spell that plagues many comedies is non-existent and it was odd Iíd go more than 10 minutes without laughing out loud.

I would say Iím a moderate fan of Will Ferrell. Heís definitely a funny guy, but like I said, he tends to be inconsistent. I think Iíll have to rethink my view because he was flat-out on the money with laughs here. He did have some help with the vastly underrated John C. Reilly providing some good laughs. Sacha Baron Cohen was alright, but making his character gay was a great move and that provided some good laughs with the ignorant Ricky Bobby.

Despite the great supporting cast, the laughs start and end with Will Ferrell. I remember watching the previews for this film over the summer and thinking to myself that it had a lot of potential. Iím pleased to say that this is one of the few comedies in recent memory that lived up to that potential and took advantage of all the comedic outlets it had at its disposal.

I have a hard time finding things wrong with this film. Itís a comedy, so it obviously isnít trying to win the Oscar for best movie ever made, but it does what itís supposed to do and thatís make you laugh. It takes its shots at NASCAR and the stereotypical fans of racing, but its all in good fun. I happen to dislike racing, but I appreciated Talladegaís look at the world of race fans and I think people from all walks of life will find something to laugh at in this film.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Adam McKay, Ian Roberts: I think these guys tried too hard to be funny. There are a lot of down times and not a whole lot of insight into the film. It really needed more Will Ferrell. Of all the features, this is the one low point on the DVD.

Deleted Scenes (25:16): These are great scenes. More comedy and all of these would have fit in perfectly with the rest of the film. Not that there was a whole lot of plot holes in the film, but these fill in some of the holes. The best scene was the suggestion of driving a race car that poops rabbits. These are definitely worth a look.

Gag Reel (2:28): This was ok, but mainly just the crew laughing at each others mishaps. There arenít very many, but theyíre decent.

Line O Rama (5:30): These are alternate impromptu scenes from the film. Again, all of these are hilarious and well worth the time. Any of these could have been in the movie and it would have been just as funny.

Walker and Texas Ranger (5:44): These are alternate scenes of the two obnoxious kids from the film. Theyíre pretty good at throwing out the funny impromptu lines too. I wonder if they came up with them on their own, or theyíre reciting what people are yelling at them. Either way, theyíre funny.

Ricky and Calís Commercials (1:38): Again, alternate takes of the commercials shown in the film. All of these were funny, but I didnít find the commercials as funny as other aspects of the film.

Ricky and Calís Public Service Announcements (2:38): These are much funnier than the commercials, mainly because they include more of John C. Reilly. Well worth the two minute investment.

Interviews (14:46): Once again, alternate takes of the interviews in the film. These tended to drag on a bit, but they offered enough laughs to make it worthwhile.

Will Ferrell Returns to Talladega (5:26): Talladega and the racing community appears to embrace the film even though it makes fun of the sport the entire time. I guess itís good they can take a joke. This isnít as fun as some of the others, but itís a nice feature that focuses heavily on Will Ferrell.

Bonus Race Footage (1:18): Blah. This is nothing but more racing scenes.

There are also some Previews and some NASCAR commercials.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you feel youíve been burned by overrated Will Ferrell movies in the past, donít let that keep you from watching this one. Regardless of your social background or your skin color, this film will make you laugh.
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