Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)



Critic Consensus: Though it occasionally stalls, Talladega Nights' mix of satire, clever gags, and excellent ensemble performances put it squarely in the winner's circle.

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When America's number one NASCAR speed-demon is issued a direct challenge from a gay, French Formula One racer with a hunger for the top spot and a mean talent for tight-cornering, the race is on to become the number one man in all of NASCAR in a full throttle comedy starring Will Ferrell and directed by Anchorman cohort Adam McKay. Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a national hero with a "smokin' hot" trophy wife, pair of borderline-abusively precocious sons, and an endless line of endorsement deals … More

Rating: PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, language, drug references and brief comic violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sports & Fitness, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 12, 2006
Box Office: $148.2M
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as Ricky Bobby

as Cal Naughton Jr.

as Jean Girard

as Reese Bobby

as Lucius Washington

as Carley Bobby

as Susan

as Lucy Bobby

as Gregory

as Mrs. Dennit

as Ricky (5 years old)

as Ricky (10 years old)

as Cal (10 years old)

as Herschell

as Larry Dennit Jr.

as Mr. Dennit

as Himself

as Himself

as Waffle House Manager

as Schoolteacher

as Terry Cheveaux

as ESPN Reporter

as Texas Ranger

as Texas Ticket Seller

as Texas Ticket Seller

as Himself

as Bartender

as Himself

as Reporter

as Jack Telmont

as Rescue Worker

as Reporter

as Pizza Delivery Boy

as Pizza Delivery Boy

as Police Officer

as DMV Officer

as Waitress

as Jim Bohampton

as Car Wash Customer

as Wally Dallenbach

as Himself

as Ted Beaman

as Talladega Ticket Sel...

as PA Announcer

as Ricky (5 years old)

as Himself

as Mos Def

as 5 Year-Old Ricky
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Critic Reviews for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (44)

A comedy with horsepower to spare.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Broad but not crude, dumb but not witless, clever but still snot-spittingly funny. Stupidly brilliant, in other words.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

You pretty much have to like Will Ferrell to like Talladega Nights, it's his film through and through. But if you do, you're in for a ride.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011

Often a one-note joke that goes on way too long...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Talladega starts out slow, picks up speed in the middle, and nearly crashes and burns in the end.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

The movie takes a piecemeal approach that allows for several guffaw-inducing comic bits, but doesn't hold together enough for a sustained comic experience.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009

Audience Reviews for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

A film with just as much obnoxious hysteria than the main character. Will Ferrell provides a flavorful laughter that sticks to you no matter the amount of random-pun it may present. The enticing blend of comedy and racing is an excellent motion picture that reaches the finish line in grand fashion. 5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Ferrell films can vary from one end of the scale to the other, he can be funny and ingenious or a complete annoying twat, unfortunately many of his films do come under the 'annoying twat' label for me.

This is not funny, Ferrell's worst by far, it may be because car racing just isn't a great source material for a comedy, I dunno. Cohen is very good as the French racer, he comes across quite well, almost like a kind of dastardly Disney baddie in the realms of 'Thorndyke' in 'The Love Bug' but the rest is just silly and simply unfunny.

The characters are all rather un-likeable too, it just seems Ferrell is trying to make a comedy out of every 'sport', and this isn't even an interesting 'sport', NASCAR is dull dull dull if you ask me, but I am British, if you like this type of racing you may like it.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Terrible funny!

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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