Box art for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

action & adventure, comedy, sports

Losing his confidence after a spectacular crash, a dimwitted NASCAR driver goes to hysterical extremes to recover his nerve and make a comeback.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
5 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5

Wild, raunchy comedy about NASCAR culture.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Talladega Nights includes relentless commercial product placements, by way of parodying professional racing's tendency to slap logos on every available surface. The film also features lots of bawdy chatter concerning a wayward father's lusty behaviors and his son's cheating wife. The hero's two young sons spend half the movie behaving badly -- talking back to elders, cursing, and damaging property -- as their father, a stereotypical "redneck" parody, encourages them. An arm-breaking scene includes loud bone-breaking noise; several car crashes are violent (cars flipping and smashing and catching on fire). Same-sex and opposite-sex couples kiss; one gay character is portrayed very flamboyantly (continuing the movie's trend of stereotypical characterizations). Characters refer to drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the terrible role models provided by the parents over subsequent generations. How is Ricky's father disappointing to him, and how does Ricky raise his own children to be lazy, selfish, and rude? What's Ricky's mother's role in the film?
  • They can also talk about whether this parody challenges or reinforces stereotypes about NASCAR.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Talladega is the first comedy this year to make me laugh so hard I snorted.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, August 4, 2006


- Brian Marder,, Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fresh: Talladega Nights is very funny at times, even if the Ballad part mostly boils down to a series of comedy sketches connected by a recurring character.

- Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Friday, August 4, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A bit of fun with which to pass a weekend evening when there's no Formula One on. Sacha Baron Cohen's character is indeed fantastic as the French F1 nemesis of NASCAR champ Ricky Bobby. Otherwise this is just the usual super-silly American family comedy.

- RossCollinsUK, Sunday, October 17, 2010

4 stars

this movie is really funny. it's not as stupid as his other movies but it's still stupid. I mean all this in a good way. this movie is hilarious. I really liked it a lot and I think it's almost as good as anchorman or as good but it's hard to say. B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Saturday, August 14, 2010

3 stars

It's not exactly a great movie, but it is one of Will Ferrel's best movies next to Anchorman. There are a lot of funny characters and improved scenes with Walmart products. Somehow I can't help but feel that there is absolutely no linear story in this movie, but it works.

- ythelastman89, Sunday, January 10, 2010