Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Year: 2006
Production Co: Apatow Pictures
Studio: Columbia
Director: Adam McKay
Producer: Judd Apatow
Writer: Will Ferrell/Adam McKay
Cast: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jane Lynch, Gary Cole, David Koechner, Adam McKay, Sacha Baron Cohen
Will Ferrell continues his dream run as Hollywood conquerer of the comedy world in this tale of stupid American southerners who race NASCAR for a living.

Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) has it all - except brains - a beautiful trophy wife, two kids he thinks are adorable called Walker and Texas Ranger, a best friend in dolt Cal (Reilly) and pole position at the top of the NASCAR heap.

After a crash that has its roots in Ricky's longing for the love of his Dad, he loses it all; his ability to drive, his wife and best friend who shack up together, and the position of top dog to nasty French rival Jean (Cohen).

Reconnecting with his deadbeat father (Cole), Ricky is determined to claw his way back to the top in a character arc we've seen a million times, but Ferrell is the reason for seeing a Will Ferrell movie. Secure in his position as the clown prince of movie comedy, he's ably supported by a good cast, plenty of well scripted laughs and (presumably) a lot of fun ad-libbing.

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