TALLADEGA NIGHTS
THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY
Review by Ross Anthony

Actually, my girlfriend and I had recently enjoyed Blades of Glory at the theater. She especially enjoyed that. I enjoyed it, but didnt quite get my fill of Will Ferrell being funny, so we rented Talledega the very next day. And to tell the truth, wed seen the better film at the theatre.

For a film all about speed Talladega just moved too slowly. Yes, of course, there were funny bits. I laughed my butt off when Ferrell stabs himself with a knife. And the scene very early on where he doesnt know what to do with his hands during an interview I was screaming out laughing. But there was very little in between that garnished more than a smirk from me. Sacha Baron Cohen also appears, but even though Sacha is brilliant as Borat or Ali G here, hes simply bland.

That said, surprisingly, I think the film actually told an interesting story that could have been brought to life with dramatic impact had it been told straight. I mean, as is, its hard to understand what Im talking about. But, had the film taken on a whole other tone, subtracted the French driver character and built up the bond/conflict between the buddies this could have really rolled.

Oh, and its riddled with blatant product placement which will effect the over all grade.

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  • TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY. Copyright © 2007.
  • Starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Jane Lynch, Amy Adams, Andy Richter, Molly Shannon, Greg Germann, Pat Hingle, Houston Tumlin, Grayson Russell.
  • Directed by Adam McKay.
  • Screenplay by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay.
  • Produced by Jimmy Miller, Judd Apatow at Sony/Columbia/Relativity Media.

Grade..........................C+ (1/4)


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