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All Ricky Bobby ever wanted to do was go fast … real fast. He is a dreamer who can only count to #1. After winning and losing it all, Ricky Bobby must claw his way back to the top the only way he knows how — the hard way.
Comedy Action - This is an often silly, sometimes crude, but very funny comedy.
There is some suggestive and adult humor (including some gay
references), but overall it's aimed at an older teen and young
PROFANITY: 7 S-words, 3 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Suggestive humor; some gay references. VIOLENCE: Hits played for laughs; car smash-ups. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Lots of car racing and resulting wreckage. COMEDY: Silly slapstick, banter, wisecracks; suggestive humor; kid humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Talladega Nights delivers what it promises - only not to the extent and with the intensity one expects.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good ...the elaborate CGI-assisted camera movements that take you from above the track down into the car, are just what you'd expect to see in a drama, and that makes them all the funnier.
USA TodayFull Review Good Talladega Nights has some ludicrously comical scenarios and a topnotch ensemble cast...The jokes fire away and race by about as fast and furious as the souped-up cars do.
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Ricky Bobby (WILL FERRELL) has always dreamed of driving fast — real fast —
like his father, Reese Bobby (GARY COLE), who left the family to pursue his
racing dreams. Early on, Ricky's mother, Lucy Bobby (JANE LYNCH) worried
that her boy was also destined to end up as a professional daredevil on wheels.
Ricky Bobby first enters the racing arena as a "jackman" for slovenly driver Terry
Cheveaux (ADAM McKAY) and accidentally gets his big break behind the wheel
when Cheveaux makes an unscheduled pit stop during a race to gorge on a
chicken sandwich. Ricky jumps into the car and … so begins the ballad of Ricky
Ricky quickly becomes one of NASCAR's top stars, supported by his pit boys —
the impressively large crew chief Lucius Washington (MICHAEL CLARKE
DUNCAN), a trio of lovably moronic but loyal crew members, Herschell (DAVID
KOECHNER), Kyle (IAN ROBERTS) and Glenn (JACK McBRAYER), as well as
racing partner and boyhood best friend, Cal Naughton, Jr. (JOHN C. REILLY).
They are all part of the Dennit Racing team, headed by wealthy Dennit Senior
(PAT HINGLE) and his petulant son, Dennit Junior (GREG GERMANN), whose
jealousy of Ricky Bobby increases with every victory.
In a short time, Ricky Bobby is on top of the world. He has everything a
championship NASCAR driver could ever want — a gorgeous wife, Carley
(LESLIE BIBB), a lakeside mansion, two hell-raising sons, Walker (HOUSTON
TUMLIN) and Texas Ranger (GRAYSON RUSSELL), huge sponsor
endorsements and a string of victories from Daytona to Darlington.
Ricky Bobby's "win at all costs" approach has made him a national hero. But as
he quickly realizes, in racing, as in life, you have to watch out for the curves.
After a frightening crash sends Ricky Bobby to the hospital, he loses his nerve
and falls on hard times. When his career and his wife are taken over by his friend
Cal, Ricky Bobby turns his back on racing and takes his sons back to his small
hometown to live with his mother.
But Ricky just isn't cut out for the slow life away from the race track and soon hits
rock bottom. His mother reluctantly turns to the only person she can think of to
help her son — his estranged father Reese Bobby. His old man still has a few old
racing tricks to help Ricky conquer his fear of driving.
Ricky Bobby will do anything to find a way back to the top, no matter how many
speed bumps life throws his way.