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Laugh Out Loud Funny

  • Jan 3, 2007
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Pros: Will Ferrel, Jane Lynch, John C Reilly, NASCAR send up, laugh out loud humor

Cons: Some may not enjoy the pratfalls and silliness

The Bottom Line: A solid comedy that left me smiling. A gentle poke at the culture of NASCAR and NASCAR culture.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

On a recent trip on Delta Airlines, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby was the movie. What a treat it was to watch this at 30,000 feet!

Writing movie reviews is the most difficult of all the reviews. What can you say about why you liked the movie or not? What factors contribute to a movie being successful? For starters, a good story line, likeable and identifiable actors, good direction, action sequences, etc....

Comedic Actor Will Ferrell and Director Adam McKay wrote the comedy hit "Anchorman: The Ron Burgandy Story" and they teamed up again to score another hit. Lightning has struck twice with solids hits both times.


This film is 108 minutes as was released in 2006. It was re released on DVD in December 2006. The film is rated PG-13 for crude and some would say juvenile humor.

Obvious Actors are Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Jane Lynch,and Sacha Cohen (yes, Borat)and Molly Shannon. A perfect spoof of NASCAR and the people who love this sport, but all done in good humor. You must admit that NASCAR has been ripe for a spoof!

As a Southerner, I did not feel insulted or demeaned. The humor is not mean spirited. The film is packed with over the top antics of a not very bright good old boy named Ricky Bobby and his drive to be the #1 NASCAR driver.

As with most Will Ferrell movies there are several scenes of him running around wildly in his droopy underwear. This is worth the price of admission in my opinion.

Obvious plot lines are NASCAR spoofs, Southern stereotypes, religious humor, over the top commercialism and the consistently amusing slap stick antics of Ferrell. Journey with Ricky Bobby as he becomes the top man in NASCAR and what it takes to stay on top.

The script is sharp and takes several turns from what viewers expect will happen. The humor is quick paced and clever. For example, Ricky Bobby prays at supper time to the baby Jesus which launches into a discussion of which version of Jesus people like to pray to (baby Jesus, adult Jesus, bearded Jesus, etc...) The action scenes on the race track are well executed and filmed and exciting.

A very amusing, farce on racing culture that left me smiling for several hours. Be sure to watch until the end of the credits for a "bonus".


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good Date Movie
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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Sweet baby Jesus, we thank you for blessing Will Ferrell and Adam McKay with the talent to create a NASCAR comedy as hilarious as Talladega Nights. The so-called "Ballad of Ricky Bobby" is hardly flawless in fact it's not always firing on all cylinders but with comedy star Ferrell and director McKay still hot from the success of their previous comedy hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, most of this 108-minute spoof of oval-track racing is so knee-slappin' funny that you can't help but surrender to the stupidity.
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