Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – A Movie Review

We all knew this was going to be a silly one.  I mean, Will Ferrell, while absolutely one of the funniest men in the movie business, is not known for his intellectually stimulating material. 

That being said, I thought this move was hilarious.  Yes, there were moments that made no sense whatsoever, moments that were purely there for laughs.  The plot was threadbare at best, but still cohesive enough that there did actually exist a storyline with some real characterization.  In other words, if you’re a “story” person, you won’t be completely left out.

Make no mistake, though, this movie was all about the laughs.  Ferrell performed at his best, John C. Reilly was surprisingly funny, even Michael Clarke Duncan showed us some comedy chops.  But, in my opinion, Sacha Baron Cohen nearly (I said nearly) stole the show.  His French racecar driver as a villain to Ricky Bobby had me rolling.  Of course, if you’re under forty you probably know Cohen better as Ali G or Borat.  I was also ecstatic to see an actor playing the part of a “friend” to Cohen’s character.  I won’t spoil who it is, but this grossly underrated performer was much welcomed in my book.

All in all, this film is every bit as funny as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and, dare I say it, made much more sense as far as a storyline went.  If you’re a Ferrell fan, you’ll be most happy.  If you’re not a Ferrell fan, first of all, what’s wrong with you?  Second of all, you may find yourself tolerating the movie and even emitting a chuckle or two.