Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
The story of NASCAR racing sensation Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell), whose “win at all costs” approach has made him a national hero. He and his loyal racing partner and childhood friend, Cal Naughton, Jr. (John C. Reilly), are a fearless duo who thrill their fans by finishing most races in the #1 and #2 positions – with Cal always in second place. When a flamboyant French Formula One driver, Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen), challenges him for the supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as racing’s top driver.
Will Ferrell has done it again! Unfortunately, what he has done is to co-write one of the most foul mouthed, irreverent spoofs of all time. Not only are we exposed to a barrage of language from the adults, but the kids get into the act as well. In fact, Ricky Bobbie’s kids are two of the most disrespectful children I have ever seen in film.
OK, spoofs are supposed to make fun of things. I get that. What “Talladega Nights” does however, is to go as far overboard as they can with every joke that comes along. The film also makes the mistake of re-visiting each joke’s subject matter over and over again. Nascar should also be ashamed of themselves for sponsoring this movie.