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Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby
Short plot summary

Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) sees his life destroyed when French Formula One driver Jean Girard (Sasha Baron Cohen) moves over to NASCAR. When Ricky Bobby refuses to say he likes crepes, Girard breaks Bobby's arm, then when Bobby refuses to kiss him on the lips, the war starts for real... Hilarity ensues.

What our panel of critics thought

"Tell me now, was Ricky Bobby named Ricky Bobby for this movie just so that Sasha Baron Cohen can call him Ricky Booby?"

"The knife in the knee is pretty similar to the same scene in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, however I just love that joke... Hilarious."

"NASCAR vs Formula One. Is this another one of those USA vs Rest of the World sport things?"

"Superb camera and CGI trickery throughout. I just love it when the camera swoops into the car from above, down into the driver's helmet, up his left nostril and down his right nostril and then out into the sky the other side. Fabulous."

"Why did I have to pay to see this movie? There was enough on-screen advertising to pay for my entrance fee ten times over including from Perrier, Sony Vaio, NBC Sports, Appleby's... I want my money back!"

"One of the best kisses in motion picture history. Not since Brokeback Mountain have mens lips been so entwined on the massmedia big screen. 10 out of 10 for sheer naughtiness."

Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review

A well thought out, written, scripted, improvised, and cast movie. This movie is a success on so many levels.

It is always nice when a comedy movie is stuffed full to the brim with ideas and skits and doesn't get that dip that so many comedy movies get when clearly the ideas have run out and they need to fill ten minutes of screen time to get the running time up to 90 minutes or so.

There is just so much to like in this movie, starting with the humm-for-the-rest-of-the-week ditty 'Trailer for sale or rent' (I just love that Red Neck anthem!) through to the disobedient boys, the gold digger wife, the argument over whether Bobby can walk, his disgrace at fearing he is burning when he most assuredly isn't, whether he should be saying grace to baby Jesus or grownup Jesus, to the worldly-wise grandmother (where have we seen her before?, we want to see more of her).

Quotable quotes (real)

NASCAR Announcer: "Jean Girard is now sitting on the pole, which is of course a statement of fact and not a comment on the driver's sexual orientation."

"Shake and bake!"

Sportscaster : "He's jumping on Ricky Bobby trying to put the nonexistent fire out - now, that's a team mate for you right there."

Girard to Bobby: "Monsieur Bobby, by beating me today you have set me free."

Girard to Bobby: (After the kiss on the mouth) "Sir, you taste of America."

Other comments

From the same stable as Anchorman and 40 Year Old Virgin, this is an impressive movie. Will Ferrell and Sasha Baron Cohen are both hilarious. One to buy and keep.

Date of Review

May 8th, 2008

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