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:: Talladega Nights, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

“If you ain’t first, you’re last!”
Strap on that helmet, buckle yourself firmly to your seat and get ready for a high-speed ride.

Full of laughs, ridiculous antics and a whole lot of adrenaline, ‘Talladega Nights, The Ballad of Ricky Booby’ is one crazy film! Just as whacky as the co-director himself, Will Ferrell (Elf, The Anchorman) plays racing freak Ricky Booby who was literally born with the need for speed rushing through his blood.

From taking trips in his mother’s car using a baseball bat to reach the pedals, his love affair with racing leads to a career working trackside as a pit lane mechanic. A little malfunctioning magic one race day sees Ricky innocently volunteer to drive in the stead of the original driver who decides his desire for food over-rules the desire to race.

And the rest as they say, is history. His natural ability and fearless attitude on the track soon sees him topping the winner’s charts, consecutively winning race after race, becoming an unbeaten champion. That is of course, until a little competition arrives. French formula one driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cole-otherwise known as Ali G) with his hilarious lisp and almost impossible accent, beefs up the stakes challenging Ricky for the number one position.

Who will be the victor? Who will take the title of racing’s number one? In this battle of egos and arrogance who will escape unscathed…

The quest for superiority on the roaring roads only equates to more hilarity and outrageous stunts. The entire film is a slap-stick comedy, dotted with often completely irrelevant yet side-splitting one liners which have nothing to do with the film whatsoever.

The film is good, but it’s not perhaps one that would have you going back to see it again. If however, you love laughing at really silly things, then this film will have you in stitches. For example, Ferrell has no reservations about running around in nothing but his underwear and helmet, screaming like a crazy man, or engaging in some naughty behaviour in a bar. Classic scenes to watch out for include the one where Ricky has a knife in his leg, the exaggerated car crash, which goes for so long a commercial break fits in between and the fabulous ending which involves of all things, a foot race.

Directed by Adam Mackay and also starring John C. Reilly, Gary Cole and Michael Clarke Duncan, the absurdity of this film from the script to the actors themselves, is what makes it in the end, so very funny. Do go and see it.