Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

A fun ride.

Film Review by Megan Garriock | 13 Sep 2006
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Film title: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen
Release date: September 15th
Certificate: 12A

Will Ferrell fans, start your engines. 'Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby' chronicles the racing career of the eponymous driver (Ferrell) as he recklessly crashes his way into the hearts of all NASCAR fans. But when a hotshot French Formula One racer, Jean Girard (Cohen) shifts onto the scene, Ricky Bobby must decide whether to wave a white or chequered flag. Traditionally, Ferrell's films involve more scenery chewing than asphalt and 'Talladega...' does have its stale moments to sit alongside its sometimes very funny ones. However, on this lap around, John C. Reilly as Ricky's best friend, and Cohen as his brilliantly hilarious nemesis, provide a wonderful comic balance for Ferrell's zaniness. A fun ride. [Megan Garriock]