Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

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#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby’s talent and devotion are put to the test. (IMDb)

Your standard sports redemption story, only the long kiss at the end was between a gay Frenchman and southern male American borderline-homophobic up until then. This over-the-top humour is spread throughout the film in ridiculous dialogue (see the crepe conversation) and outrageous situations (see the cougar in the car; Cal’s taking over) and slapstick. Not all of it lands, though, and when it doesn’t there’s not much else to appreciate (e.g. Ricky could’ve shown more growth in the final race).

6.5/10

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