Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Reviews
Most reviews are comparing Ricky Bobby to Will Ferrell's Anchorman. Some report that the film is better and others report that the film is 'almost' as good.
If you buy this premise, then you have to admire the way Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby straddles the laughter divide. The latest extended Will Ferrell sketch mercilessly mocks NASCAR culture even as it revels in all of racing's cultural extremes. It punches holes in rah-rah patriotism while encouraging you to bust a gut at a gay Frenchman. And how does it pull off this balancing act?
Through the magic of triviality.
Talladega Nights is an unapologetic goof fest, light as aluminum and seemingly edited with Scotch tape. But it's smart enough to buy gags in bulk and puts them in the hands of three guys who can improvise until the cars come home.
LA Times Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a bit of a mess, but it is a genial mess, and one that will make you laugh. Which is the whole idea..
As co-written by star Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay (who has a cameo as a feckless race car driver), Talladega Nights is not the kind of coherent, internally consistent comedy Little Miss Sunshine is. Rather, like the Saturday Night Live shows where Ferrell and McKay met, it is a series of sketches and set pieces, some of which work while others misfire.
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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby will be released to theatres this Friday, August 4th.