Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) - Comedy, Sport

Hohum Score

21

Watchable

Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 114 out of 445 found boring (25.61%)

One-line Reviews (244)

Although not quite as good as Anchorman, Talladega Nights is laugh-out-loud funny throughout and appealing to the intellectual, unlike many of the Saturday Night Skits which come through as simplistic and repetitive.

I mean, I couldn't stand it when they were saving grace for 20 minutes, I was just so bored.

Reese and Lucy Bobby played by Gary Cole and Jane Lynch, Ricky's parents, were entertaining especially Reese.

too predictable .

In its own right, Talladega Nights is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy that's certainly one of Farrell's better roles.

But Ricky Bobby is forgettable, unlikable and full of drawn-out (improvised?

It is a potentially funny role, but Cohen makes it absolutely unbearable.

This wonderfully talented, beautiful, shooting star that wowed us to sheer disbelief in the masterful Junebug is excellent, but her sheer genius cannot salvage this pretentious, condescending pile of hypocritical, degenerative sludge.

It's only the most degrading and overly used "South Bashing" jokes Hollywood has come up with, and the scene where the kids begin cursing while saying grace is so offensive I got up and walked out.

Take my advice, don't waste your time.

But, with that said, I wouldn't advise anyone to waste their time with this film.

slow starter that eventually picks up speed .

That may be to his credit, but it still makes his parts surprisingly boring, considering that at first glance at least, a gay Frenchman in NASCAR should be a rather fertile background.

All you need to do is read some of the other reviews with 1 and 2 stars and you will know how I feel about this pathetic waste of time.

We took (dragged) my friend who is of the most discerning tastes to it with us and even he enjoyed it.

Hell, even the character playing the dad was more humorous and entertaining than Ferrel.

Watch if you want to be bored.

There may not be something for everyone, but if you laughed at any time during the trailers, you're bound to find something enjoyable in Talladega.

Silly stuff then but reasonably enjoyable if you are in an undemanding mood.

The call- ins by NASCAR drivers were particularly entertaining.

Overall, it seems that their talents would best be served outside the realm of race car driving - not much humor is found in the races themselves, only the culture of NASCAR and so the NASCAR scenes simply bore.

This was very entertaining and I really hope Will Farrel will take on another similar role in the future.. Hopefully, the next movie will be funnier.

Will Ferrel just wasn't funny, his lines seemed repetitive and white trash.

Reilly,Sacha Baron Cohen,Jane Lynch,Gary Cole and Michael Clarke Duncan(RIP),which makes it even more enjoyable,i especially appreciate that Will Ferrell and John C.

Ferrell's other movies like Anchorman or Old School were in their own ways unpredictable, or at least, less predictable than this.

Talladega Nights follows the same story arc that Days of Thunder did, but is far more entertaining, as Ferrell and Reilly work together to bring humor to all parts of the racer's lives, including a bizarre dinner ritual that includes corporate sponsorship.

It is worth watching though for its great comedy cast and well made racing sequences.

The predictable story arc makes for a nice, comfortable zone for the jokes to fly, and you'll be laughing throughout the film without any worries about laughing right through a plot point.

I found his brand humor to be quite refreshing and entertaining for a whole new generation of comedy fans.

While Ferrell is usually very predictable, there are a few surprises in the movie.

Overall, I liked it, and everyone I know has also enjoyed it with the exception of very few.

I'm not a Farrell fan or a follower of Nascar, so I became bored about halfway into the film.

While it had the potential to be sharp and funny, it is dull, boring and loathsome.

The father is a bore and the training session is stupid rather than funny.

More than anything else the movie is an opportunity for Will Ferrell to give us a lot of his traditional Will Ferrell comedy, and sometimes it is amusing and sometimes the skits are flatly stupid, but certainly the movie is entertaining.

If you want to waste your time on this movie, go ahead.

Quite possibly the worst movie I've ever seen in my life.

The story is far fetched and unbelievable but it is massively entertaining whether you're a NASCAR fan or not.

slow and painful death of braincells .

There's one funny joke with a cougar in a car, but the rest is a big waste of time.

The comedy is flat, running off overly drawn out jokes.

I have been to a grand total of four Nascar races in my lifetime, and all of them have so closely followed the pattern of circle fast, crash, circle slow, and repeat, that the experiences have all run together.

Some of it was predictable.

So many times, I was wrong guessing where the picture went and moments that seemed like they were about to be saccharine and contrived deliberately twisted the tables and went for dark and satisfying humor (such as when Ricky's dad shows up to get the tickets for the race).

the characters were dull and there was not one humorous moment in the entire film not one audience member laughed,even if your an anchor man fan seriously do not i repeat, do not waste your time or money don't even bother downloading It, just pretend it doesn't exist!

ONE of the worst movies ever!!!!

Sometimes the comedy got repetitive, and the 'frat pack' feeling was notorious.

Boring and extremely repetitive.

Maybe it was just me, but the beginning was kind of dull.

My suggestion: If someone doesn't give you this movie on DVD as a gag gift or a "re-gift", save your money and buy yourself a new music CD or a membership to a health spa.

There were no comedic parts, as predictable as a movie gets.

"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" is an entertaining delight.

It was a little predictable, basically you could figure out the whole movie in the first 5 mins.

All of the funny parts are in the trailers, so if you haven't seen it yet, watch the trailers, save your money and go see something else.

Actually, I just walked out of the theater after seeing only half of the movie.

I hoped for at least some form of entertainment when I went to see this film - instead I have found a new personal "worst movie of all time.

Worst movie about NASCAR EVER!!!!!!!!!!

Although most comedies are idiot plots to string jokes on, this plot is engaging enough to be played straight.

The movie was horribly slow and unappealing.

Leslie Bibb plays the stock clichéd empty-headed shallow trophy-wife in such an over-the-top way that she's actually quite fun to watch.

Hilarious and entertaining.

Of course, we all know not to take the movie seriously, but it is definitely a problem when we meet these two little bastards who arouse an intense desire to see them on the receiving end of a series of good smacks, only to have our heroes shower them with praise.

I liked how the film was very entertaining and throughout the film you begin to care about Ricky Bobby and want to see him accomplish his goal and get back into the race in win.

The worst movie of 2006 (I hope, because if releases something worse.

Director Adam McKay is smart enough to detail the screenplay and deliver an intriguing conclusion.

What a complete waste of time!

The movie is a waste of time, I guess I am going to have to quit my job and start writing because if this and snakes on a plane can sell in the movie theaters(let alone to someone willing to produce it) than I have to be able to come up with something that can make it.

Will Farrel has yet again made a funny movie that is very entertaining.

Its so funny, crazy, amusing, entertaining, well you get the idea.

I made the mistake of reading a New York Times review that ruined the most stunning moment of the film, in addition to referring to a throwaway line early on as "the single funniest joke".

This movie just tries to extend parts which aren't funny, and it's truly a waste of money.

" which headlined all the trailers is still just as laugh out loud funny when hearing it in the film, fear not) But Ferrell, and supporting cast such as Reilly, Cohen and Cole are more than capable of providing a hefty enough share of laughs, and for all racing fans, the Nascar scenes are exciting and tense.

Definitely one of the worst movies I've ever seen .

Trash and waste of time and money .

Very entertaining movie .

But instead I felt bored.

You quickly see the cookie cutter characters fall into an extremely predictable plot.

But enough of talking about the regurgitated garbage and formulaic movie elements.

It's painfully formulaic, and even many of the jokes are predictable, too.

But in this case, the movie suffers from having no script.

Sure, Cohen is game and plays the part well, but his scenes get a little dull and repetitive after a while.

)But everyone once in a while loves to sit down and watch a stupid dumb but frickin hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable movie..in my opinion talladega nights fits that bill perfectly..I really couldn't stop laughing in this movie..Along with witty one liners and a hilarious co cast..Will Ferrell proves that he is probably one of the funniest men alive.

Reilly as his buddy, Cal Naughton, Jr., are effective race car drivers with slightly slow wits and big hearts, especially for each other.

I mean, I couldn't stand it when they were saying grace for 20 minutes, I was just so bored.

Save your money .

That's kind of sad when you consider that this is just meant to be a fluffy little comedy and leaden bores like "The Da Vinci Code" were meant to be serious entertainment.

total waste of time .

A summary of what seeing this movie is like:laughing at unintentional comedy, like RickyBobby's new girlfriend who says all of 3 words and does some awkward and boring acting - laughing at intentional comedy...

What a waste of money - I left the theater wanting my money back.

This movie is based on drawn out, stupid conversations which are basically just bunch of unfunny jokes.

i found this film engrossing, involving, and hilarious.

This running around with your trousers around your ankles screaming mercifully for about 10 minutes gets boring and at times ridiculous and when the audience laughs for the 1st 2 minutes the cinema is left quiet until this ludicrous satirical episode ends.

Then there are other moments in which they are spoofing dramatic moments from other films, so it is confusing as to when the movie should be taken seriously, if it should ever be taken seriously.

In the end TN:TBORB simply cannot escape the Deus Ex Machina ending you've seen coming from minute one or any other tiresome, clichéd plot mechanics.

Waste of time .

It's a deliberately goofy, at times surreal, piece of movie fluff that is quite entertaining for those who don't demand a great deal.

Everything you want to see is in the trailer so laugh your butt off at trailer and save your money for a movie that truly deserves your attention.

One scene that went on for way too long was the bit where Farrell thought he was on fire.

One of the worst movies a bad year .

one of the worst movies ever made .

Yes there are a few mildly funny lines, but there is no plot and no point.

This movie is not funny dumb, it's just boring dumb .

The movie was marginally funny but the awkward repetitive crude humor was enough to carry us out of the theater early.

But, for the most part, it is dull and weird.

No plot , stupid.....

The only thing worse than this movie was his good buddy Vince Vaughn's movie The Break Up (which by the way could possible be the worst movie every made).

And apart from Sasha Baron Cohen who appears as Will Ferrell's NASCAR nemesis, most characters are pretty dull.

Will Farrell is as funny as watching paint dry.

The first part is good, dynamic and compelling.

Worst movie ever .

Not to mention the moments when a post-crash Bobby runs around in his underwear, convinced he's on fire - which happens again following the failed time trial - to his pit crew's confusion.

Overall very enjoyable and funny.

I was bored through the entire movie and, I had already seen all of the good parts of the movie during the TV spots and trailers.

This was definitely a negative, but overall the film was entertaining.

Save your money and your time!!!

Yes, there are entertaining parts, but I would say that Anchorman was a funnier movie with more unexpected bits of humor.

It isn't a bad movie at all, but for me it is just a little dull, and not as clear and polished as "Anchorman" was.

This movie was a waste of time and energy; what a very sad state if this is considered comedy It is really poor!

i highly recommend it.

officially the worst film i have ever ever ever seen, what a waste of money, I'm really angry that i wasted my time watching this plot less humorous boring rubbish!

There is the odd giggle or two in places, mostly coming from Cohen's ridiculous French accent (it's not even that good), but it doesn't have enough laughs, and the story isn't exactly engaging, it just gets a bit boring after a while, so I can't see myself watching it again.

don't waste your money .

"Talladega Nights: The Balad of Ricky Bobby" is a Will Ferrell vehicle (no pun intended) in the same vein as "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy" (as you can tell by the similar, pretentious titles).

The visuals are as stunning as any racing movie in recent memory, and the character played by Sacha Baron Cohen is a HILARIOUS foil to Will Ferell, and the entire supporting cast is first rate.

First off the previews did not make this very enticing to see, yet what else do you do when you are bored on a Friday night?

NASCAR centered, funny and entertaining, with topical humor and grains of truth, even for a non-fan like me.

These people are so uninteresting that making fun of them is not funny at all.

Stupid,dumb but frickin hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable.

This movie was just plane boring.

This fact seemed painfully obvious to me, watching scenes and gags that dragged on and on, losing steam quickly.

to anyone who hasn't seen it, don't waste your time, money, or self respect by watching this absolute garbage.

Unfortunately though, like most comedies, even spoofs, there are those slow moments that just slow down the film to a point in which its almost unbearable.

The characters were completely boring and didn't have any of the appeal of those in "Anchorman".

Bland dialog, one-liners of people shouting nonsense criticisms at each other, and random references to a serious sport that nobody in the audience seemed to understand as a joke filled this movie as Will Ferrell's career hits another all time low.

Absolute waste of time .

Enjoyable, subversive moments work better than Anchorman's .

I understand that Nascar is one of the most popular spectator "sports" in this country, but the race shots are uninspiring and every scene is predictable.

What a waste of time.

But despite the number of sight gags, and witty lines, the jokes here felt a little unevenly spread, which also meant that some of them did fall flat or get repetitive.

Please don't waste any money on this one.

You still get plenty of fast paced action, muscle cars, and massive car crashes.

While I wouldn't allow small children to watch the movie the entertaining plot, all-star cast, and hilarious lines blend together to make this movie great for the older ages.

This movie was a waste of my time why cant I know that before I go?

" Those were the words I uttered as I left the theater.

This has to be one of Will Ferrell's worst movies.

It's pathetic that in this day & age, society's moral decay is indisputably fueled by the crap, which my 13 year old son & I bore witness to today.

I caudally left early after the race, I really could have cared less if it was over or not.

If you don't enjoy so much foul language that it literally comes out almost every other word, and don't enjoy the same old tired anti-south rhetoric that California regularly spews out, then do yourself a favor and save your money.

On an empty stomach and a well rested mind, this fell rather flat.

Don't waste your time and money on this go and see cars that is much funnier and has to do more with nascar than this film.

Different strokes for different folks; however, if you want to enjoy an entertaining comedy that has great character development and execution, then you may like Talladega Nights.

It follows a cookie-cutter plot with cliché characters and actors delivering sub-par(compared to their usual) performances paired with numerous gay make-out scenes and frankly a lot of low-level humor.

Not all of them fly, but most of them are good, and I enjoyed it.

The movie is split into equal portions between Ricky Bobby's meteoric rise to fame, which allowed for plenty of laughs, while the latter half is filled with relatively slower moments in regaining confidence after a Days of Thunder-ish event.

Funny, but did have Lulls.

It was flashy, fast-talking, yet ultimately uninteresting.

Don't get me wrong, this movie is worth watching.

Waste of money and time.....

It's far too long, and although Cole is the best thing in the film, they really stretch out the training aspect of the film.

All in all this was a terrible waste of time and money.

In general, the plot is rather flat and uninteresting, with only enough comedic bits in between to keep interest.

Nevertheless, though it's hardly the comedy epic that "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "National Lampoon's Animal House," or "The Blues Brothers," were, it's still amusing and enjoyable enough.

Surprisingly, I found it to be a very enjoyable movie, with writing that was more clever and entertaining than I had anticipated.

Having said that this film is still one of the best comedies of the summer and it is very entertaining and the heartfelt stuff really worked for me and as a whole I was very pleased with this movie and I don't think fans of Will Ferrell, his films or the comedy genre will be disappointed.

No irony, the sight gags are lame and unoriginal and the plot is boring.

To be completely fair, there were moments when some of the scenes dragged a little.

It had some real funny moments but many scenes that were way too drawn out and just not funny.

I recommend seeing this movie in theatres for some great action packed fun.

What really surprised me was the participation of more-less good cast,that managed to make incredibly boring and stupid movie.

In my opinion, it's most probably Will Ferrals worst performance to date and even Anchorman is funnier, but this makes all comedy's look dull, not funny and absolutely stupid.

Adam McKay & Will Ferrell's Screenplay is very entertaining & gets each joke right!

Even the race car scenes are top notch and exciting!

The Nascar races are entertaining enough with good effects, but the overall plot is predictable and tedious, and the characters are annoying.

Another boring part of the movie was when the boys sprayed a hose in the window of a neighbors house.

The movie was marginally funny but the awkward repetitive crude humorwas enough to carry us out of the theater early.

Just because you don't agree with a religion does not give you the right to mock it for ten minutes on the big screenOverall, this is among the worst movies ever made.

These long, drawn out comedic pauses where people are supposed to be laughing end up being met with an uncomfortable silence in the theater.

If Talladega Nights did anything for me, it confirmed my previous bias that racecar driving is boring to watch.

However, Ferrell and McKay were clever enough to dole out screen time to unexpected people, and rely frequently on physical comedy, so that I was never fed up.

No plot no job building up the characters.

There were a lot of shots in the movie a during the races it was face paced but enjoyable to watch

This is the one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life.

Talladega Nights reviewed by Sam Osbornrating: 2 out of 4Talladega Nights is for all intensive purposes the sequel to Anchorman.

An absorbing comedy that seizes you.

It can be funny, but it also get's boring and tiresome after a while.

As cliché as this sounds, it's a guilty pleasure.

The plot is predictable to a ridiculous degree as parodies should be.

It would take a very good movie to entertain me after I had gotten so bored with the character and, fortunately, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" was good enough to provide a fun time.

" The preview seen on television was funny and engaging; the movie isn't.

Waste of Time .

This film is pretty enjoyable I would recommend it to anyone who likes somewhat dumb comedies.

Save your money, folks.

Critique the movie, highlighting the plot holes, or writing another word (even to commend Sascha Baron Cohen as the movie's only redeeming quality) is a waste of time.

If you would have asked me last week, I would have told you that Adam Sandler's "Click" was the worst movie I'd ever seen.

What's weird about this outlook is that the slowest talking character, played hilariously by Sasha Baron Cohen, was actually a part that moved the scenes forward.

I found it so tedious and poorly put together, and I finally had to give up on it altogether with about 30 minutes left to go.

Worst Movie of 2006 .

Most of the slow parts, really the unsuccessful ones, are when we are suddenly spoon-fed sentimentality and new-found moral fiber that is so out of character, one wishes it was gone so as to see more funny instances.

3/10 may be a generous rating for this movie, but if you want to waste your time and money, there is a new way......

"Talladega Nights" is not unbearable to sit through, in fact it has multiple moments that are quite entertaining.

This movie is a classic example of a bunch of comedians/actors who enjoy acting together and are be completely self-indulgent with their humor and inside jokes.

It may work for some, but for others (and myself) it comes off as a work solely meant for the self-indulgent purposes of Will Ferrell and friends.

Overall good film, not a great one, not a bad one, worth watching!

then it gets boring...

The slow down was okay, as it gave me a chance to catch my breath.

Should you be dragged to see this, don't pay, get someone else to and Bonne Chance!

Will Ferrell's worst movie he has ever made.

Every scene went on for far too long, and there were tons of scenes that didn't have any reason to be there other than to pad out the running time.

Nascar is possibly one of the most boring sports ever, like driving in a circle is so difficult.

This film was all over the place, leading to my next criticism: Editing: Most of the scenes dragged on WAY too long, exhausting the already unfunny "jokes".

Over All Talladega Nights:The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby 2006 is a great film to watch its one of the most amazing comedy film ever made from the last decade i totally enjoyed it you will too just don't look at critic reviews please My Rating Is 10/10 Must See.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable comedy.

This is all just a cover though for all of the juicy, unexpected comic bits, which can range from delivering big, show-stopping laughs (my favorites were the knives in the leg and Cohen and Andy Richter's odd gay marriage pairing) to little ones that you might be laughing at even as no one else in the theater does.

It is very enjoyable and I will look for it on DVD so I can watch it again.

It's funny at first but the craziness does get tiresome.

I think the most entertaining part of the film in all honesty was the out-takes before the credits ran.

Dumb but entertaining racing comedy .

Every character in the film seems have an IQ of 70 or less and the jokes just aren't funny, and they keep coming, one awkwardly boring scene after boring scene.

Don't waste your time watching this sad, stupid movie.

The whole movie just seemed to be a disjointed bundle of some funny, some bad, some awkward, and some just completely unnecessary scenes.

As with all movies of this genre, there is a predictable plot: character has the good life, character goes through a crisis, and character prevails in the end.

If you have not seen this movie, read the other comments and stay away as this was by far Will Ferrell's worst movie he's ever appeared in.

But the supporting actors make this film enjoyable, memorable and wanting for more.

Yawn .

They are simply just using Ferrell's image to empty your pockets.

Please don't waste your time.

While this movie has some tedious periods, it does deliver some belly felt laughs.

I must say, this is the worst movie I have seen in very, very long time.

What was funny was that because the movie was so dull and tedious, when a funny part arrived, I found myself in tears.

The film is entertaining and all the actors are at the top of their game delivering great comedic performances and the writing of the script was well done and allows the viewer to have a lot of fun.

Every cliché was used and the writers even give clues to laugh which is kind of stupid in itself.

Maybe being unimaginably dull is part of the joke.

The biggest problem with this movie is that there's no plot.

This has to be one of the worst movies ever made .

Ferrell practically makes every scene he's in worth watching, and his character's often-dry quips will keep you chuckling consistently.

But all in all, an enjoyable, laugh out loud experience for anyone 13 years and up.

Call me a snob, but I think most comedies in this mold are amazingly dumb and unwatchable--especially when they are done by "Saturday Night Live" alumnus (who have a history of wretched films).

Unless you like forking over ten dollars to watch someone entertain himself with bland, odd, and dull humor I suggest you save your money for another lame summer comedy or do just the opposite and save up for a Leslie Nielsen DVD bundle.

In their last collaboration, writer/director Adam Mckay and writer/star Ferrell displayed much more comfort, knowledge, and wit when versed in their 1970's news world farce Anchorman which, while just as self indulgent and lapsed in solidity as any ex-SNLer's post resume would predict, still knew itself and it's humor quite well.

I left the theater somewhat unsure if the creators of the film were trying to make a statement (Will Ferrell definitely used some of his George W.

Take, for examples, WATERBOY as well as TELLADEGA NIGHTS--both films made by popular SNL comedians who the American public adore--and both of which made some amazingly dumb and pointless films (LITTLE NICKY quickly comes to mind).

There are several, to be sure, but many feel kinda staged, as if trying to imitate the Anchorman style, such as the dinner scene where Ferrell prays to "Dear Lord Baby Jesus" which starts out hilarious, but goes on far too long.

We thought we'd at least be entertained… we walked out halfway through feeling taken advantage of and violated.

Hollywood has produced amazing comedies over the last 80 years, with glorious results such as the crisp, gender confusion lines in "Some Like it Hot", the hilarious horror spoof given to us by Mel Brook in "Young Frankestein", and we have been treated to a few comedic gems by the new renaissance in animation.