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

4 stars

Quite funny and silly but I laughed. Some of the line are hilarious. Will Ferrell is nothing short of hilarious. Great film and a must see for people who haven't watched this!

- murphmann93, Thursday, June 23, 2011

4 stars

Talledaga nights is a party. Ricky Bobby (Will Ferell) grew up wanting to go fast, and soon he becomes the worlds most famous racecar driver. When a French gay racer named Jean Girard beats him, Ricky goes downhill and loses his wife, his best friend Cal (John C Reilly), and his life. With the help of his father, new love Susan (Amy Adams), and his team he may be able to become a star again. Will Ferell and John C Reilly are perfect toghether, and if you know me you know I am one of Will Ferells biggest fans, I have never seen a film of his I did not find funny (besides Land of the Lost). Its always a blast watching this, and its funny enough to love.

- DreamExtractor, Saturday, August 6, 2011

4 stars

Another hilarious comedy from Adam McKay that ranks right up there next to Anchorman, but not quite as good.

- CreedsDelight, Monday, August 8, 2011