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Talladega Nights (2006)
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Review Date: August 01, 2006
Director: Adam McKay
Writer: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
Producers: Judd Apatow, Jimmy Miller
Actors:
Will Ferrell as Ricky
John C. Reilly as Cal
Gary Cole as Reese
Plot:
Ricky Bobby likes to drive fast and doesn’t have much else going on in his little mind. As an adult, Ricky channels his love of the chase into a Nascar championship and a vapid, super-hot wife, but ultimately gets into a career-ending crash. Will Ricky ever get past his fear of driving and get back on the saddle? Not sure, but if Tom Cruise has anything to do with it, you know he’ll kick ass again!
Critique:
An entertaining movie to be sure, but one that doesn’t necessarily start off with a bang or finish with one either. That aside, I was smiling through most of this movie, thanks to the “dumb guy” antics of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, both of whom are ideal doofuses (doofi?) and loving it! The scene in which the two go mano-a-mano in Ferrell’s home is one for the books. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t have too many laugh-out-loud moments, but it does pack in plenty of laughs, especially once the great Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G/aka Borat) climbs into his gay French driver seat and keeks all kinds of Reekee-Boobee ass! The rest of the supporting cast is also having a bunch of fun, including the hot and sexy Leslie Bibb looking hot and sexy, the underrated Gary Cole, who once again, steals scenes from the bigger names, as well as cute supporting bits from folks like Molly Shannon and Andy Richter. Unfortunately for us, the film flies by and is ultimately a little too packed with “name comedians”, many of whom don’t get enough screen-time, like the aforementioned Shannon and Richter, as well as cutie-pie Amy Adams and the always-funny Jane Lynch and David Koechner. That said, it was nice to see Ferrell back in top form again (“That just happened!!”), acting as clueless and funny as ever, particularly in any scene in which he was running around in his white underwear.

The storyline is pretty basic here, but I did appreciate the film’s “Sandler touch” with a little heart injected into its plot via Ricky Bobby’s backstory with his dad. I for one…bought it! The film did have way too many product placements (Applebee’s should just have been named as Executive Producer on the film), but I guess that sorta goes with the whole Nascar circuit. The racing stuff was also decent, but to be honest with you, it kinda made me miss the comedy more, as I’m not really a big fan of cars going around a circle for hours on end. The action was pretty well shot though, and they always tried to keep the jokes coming, which helped (“I’m flying through the air.”). One joke that was completely “played out” to me was the whole “shake and bake” rap that the boys had between one another though…it just went on for too long; the secret is to know when to stop, kids. But everything with Cohen was hilarious, Ferrell and his dad were the shit and chances are that if you got a kick out of Ferrell’s moronic anchorman character in ANCHORMAN, you’ll get a decent amount of guffaws out of this companion piece as well (although I missed Paul Rudd). All in all, the film delivers exactly what it promises: laughs, goofball antics, plenty of hilarious non-sequiturs, some hot chicks, car action and Ferrell back in the saddle. And remember…that just happened!!
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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9:02AM on 08/09/2006
This is a very funny movie, but rarely because of Will Ferrell. Don't get me wrong, Ferrell does have his moments, but it's Gary Cole and John C. Reilly that steal the laughs every time they're onscreen. Gary Cole as Ricky Bobby's absentee Dad who shows up to help Ricky during a personal crisis, and Reilly as Ricky's best friend and racing buddy. The first delivers some great liners and steals every scene he's in; as well as provides a little story arc as far as father/son relationships go.
This is a very funny movie, but rarely because of Will Ferrell. Don't get me wrong, Ferrell does have his moments, but it's Gary Cole and John C. Reilly that steal the laughs every time they're onscreen. Gary Cole as Ricky Bobby's absentee Dad who shows up to help Ricky during a personal crisis, and Reilly as Ricky's best friend and racing buddy. The first delivers some great liners and steals every scene he's in; as well as provides a little story arc as far as father/son relationships go. Reilly is just great as Ricky's dimwitted southern tag along friend who never wins a race because of Ricky's arrogant ways.

The movie itself is nothing different from the rest of Ferrell's comedies in that he plays a dumb-ish character that goes through life - basically. You've got a race car driver who's going through a life and work crisis. He needs to overcome it and get back on the racetrack, where he "belongs." Nothing original or new. You've got the hot, cliche Nascar wife and product placement hits a new low with this flick, but hey it's a movie concerning Nascar.

It's still funny, but it's your standard Ferrell comedy. But I can't fault it too much since it does boast a great cast in the aforementioned Cole and Reilly, Michael Clark Duncan as Bobby's crew chief, and the freakin' hot and adorable (all at the same time) Amy Adams - who has a sexy ass scene where she climbs over a table and starts making out with our hero.

There's also the "villain" of the movie, a French race car driver who's the best ever. **Groan** Oh yeah, and he's gay. The ending to the movie, particularly Ricky overcoming his "fear" and beating the nemesis is lame and, oh, not funny. But there are plenty of laughs, some involving Ferrell, most involving others. If you like Will Ferrell movies, you should have no problem enjoying this one.



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2:01PM on 08/06/2006

I've got a cougar on me!

If you already saw Pirates and you're looking for another highly entertaining movie, then look no further than Talledega Nights. It kept me laughing from begining to end. It could have been better, sure, but really I got all I wanted out of it. Lots of great lines, memorable scenes, good characters, and a fast pace.

I really could not stop laughing during that diner table scene. I'll definitely be buying this on DVD, especially since just like Anchorman, parts that were in the trailers
If you already saw Pirates and you're looking for another highly entertaining movie, then look no further than Talledega Nights. It kept me laughing from begining to end. It could have been better, sure, but really I got all I wanted out of it. Lots of great lines, memorable scenes, good characters, and a fast pace.

I really could not stop laughing during that diner table scene. I'll definitely be buying this on DVD, especially since just like Anchorman, parts that were in the trailers didn't make it to the actual film.

Talledega Nights is just more proof that when it comes to writing great comedies, Will Ferrell is the best right now.
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