Saturday, August 26, 2006

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Will Ferrell makes some of the weirdest comedies ever to be embraced by mainstream America. There isn't a damn thing wrong with that. This monster hit, while not as consistent as Anchorman, still tickles me in all the right spots. It's got its share of inexplicable moments -- Ferrell running around 'on fire,' the various odes to Jesus, the cougar. Above all, there's the incomparable Sacha Baron Cohen, who steals every damn scene he's in as gay French driver Jean Girrard. Even the way he says "Ricky Bobby" is funny. You already know if this is your cup of tea. You don't need me to say anything else, and if I did it would probably just degenerate into a list of jokes anyway. I dug it. (If you do see it, stay through the end credits for possibly the funniest thing in the movie.)

Grade: B


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