ABC Film Challenge – Sports Movies – T – Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Movie Review

Director: Adam McKay

Writer: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay (Screenplay)

Starring: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Jane Lynch

Plot: Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby’s talent and devotion are put to the test.


Tagline – If you’re not first, you’re last.

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby starts when mechanic Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) gets a chance to drive the NASCAR, which was seen as the worse on the track to a surprise victory, he becomes an overnight sensation. Ricky becomes the face of the sport with his new teammate Cal Naughton Jr (Reilly) always winning, until the team owner gets tired of their actions and turns to Formula One driver Jean Girard (Cohen) to lead the team.

This change sees Ricky lose his confidence and need to bring back what made him the best driver in the sport and rebuild his legacy he once had.

Thoughts on Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

ThoughtsTalladega Nights; The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a sports comedy that will see the once greatest in his sport Ricky Bobby find new competition that will see him losing his confidence and needing to find himself to make sure he can return to being the best. The core of the story is everything we have seen and enjoy in sports movies, even if it is similar to Cars in many aspects. Where the story does seem to fall short is the comedy of the film, which feels immature and doesn’t get the laughs required, taking away from the serious side of the story. Will Ferrell is good for the serious side of the film, only his comedy side of things does fall shorter. The supporting cast are the same, they are fun for the serious side and struggle with the comedy. The races do feel like everything people want to see, rather than regular races, waiting for the crashes rather than being the real race effects.

Final Thoughts Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a generic sports drama that tries too hard for the comedy.

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