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Talladega Nights [DVD] [2006] [2007]

Will Ferrell , Gary Cole , Adam McKay    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Will Ferrell, Gary Cole, Jane Lynch, Jake Johnson, Jason Davis
  • Directors: Adam McKay
  • Producers: Alex Wurman, Judd Apatow
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Italian, English
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU7M5C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,377 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Sweet baby Jesus, we thank you for blessing Will Ferrell and Adam McKay with the talent to create a NASCAR comedy as hilarious as Talladega Nights. The so-called "Ballad of Ricky Bobby" is hardly flawless in fact it's not always firing on all cylinders but with comedy star Ferrell and director McKay still hot from the success of their previous comedy hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, most of this 108-minute spoof of oval-track racing is so knee-slappin' funny that you can't help but surrender to the stupidity.

Obviously, Ferrell's the shining star, and his portrayal of lead-footed pit-crew-member-turned-#1 NASCAR champion Ricky "I Wanna Go Fast" Bobby (how can you not love that name?) is spot-on perfect, righteously spoofing the entirety of NASCAR culture without insulting its oft-ridiculed roots in redneck bootlegging of a bygone era. You could even argue that Talladega Nights is truer to NASCAR than Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder, and it's certainly more entertaining, especially when you add John C. Reilly as Ricky's life-long pal, teammate, and eventual rival Cal Naughton, Jr. (together they're nicknamed "Shake 'n Bake"), and Sacha Baron Cohen (from Da Ali G Show and Borat) as gay French "Formula Un" driver-turned NASCAR rival Jean Girrard, to a stellar cast including Molly Shannon, Greg Germann, Amy Adams and Michael Clarke Duncan.

Sure, it's mostly a showcase for Ferrell's loud, over-the-top antics and nonsensical non sequiturs (like cameo appearances by Elvis Costello and Mos Def), but with Ferrell behind the wheel, Talladega Nights rolls into victory lane with fuel to spare, and there's one final bit of comedy (with a tip of the hat to William Faulkner) for those who sit through the credits. --Jeff Shannon

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outrageously silly but VERY smart 7 Dec 2006
By joalem
One of the best spoof movies I've ever seen. Will Ferrell's shallow good ole boy Ricky Bobby is a feckless idiot who rises from tyre changer in a no-hope NASCAR team to become the star driver of the circuit. Obsessed with winning after a throwaway comment by his deadbeat racer dad (brilliantly played by Gary Cole), and ignorant of his shallow, mutually empty relationships with his groupie wife, horrendous kids (named Walker and Texas Ranger) and equally thick best friend (John C Reilly), he finally hits the proverbial brick wall in the shape of Sacha Baron Cohen's star turn as Formula 1 Frenchman Jean Girard. Thus begins a slow rebuilding of his life and career - this time the "right" way... sort of!

Subtly sending up every "serious" film of this type (mainly Days of Thunder, Top Gun etc) and the real-life downhome ignorance of the redneck NASCAR following, this not only delivers on the gags (this film is truly hilarious) it also is remarkably smart at portraying the emptiness of the blue-collar sports star's life when faced with enormous fortune, media coverage and hero worship, and the fickle desertion of the hero when he hits skid row.

It is a spoof movie, but not in the sense of the Airplane or Scary Movie series - the movie has a real warmth and actually does tell a real human story in amongst the endless side-splitting gags. It also avoids the kind of schmaltzy American syrup-filled scenes of such films by throwing in the unexpected at each turn.

Worth seeing for Sacha Baron Cohen's performance alone, and Ricky Bobby's "grace" before their Pizza Hut and KFC dinner. If you're in the right mood this will have you crying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Distinctly average fare 21 Sep 2007
Ferrell is usually much funnier than this. It WAS funny in parts, and I DID laugh, but just not often enough. Some really good actors in it too...Gary ?Lucas? the guy from "Midnight Caller" didn't convince me as his "55" year old Dad. Cohen's accent WAS pants, but still a funny guy and a funny character. If you like Ferrell, you'll probably love it, if not, you probably won't. As I said, average fare.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good because its different 1 May 2007
I guess I was slightly suprised, like many other viewers it would appear, that this film has a slightly different approach to what we expect from Will Ferrell and the man himself, Borat. Based upon the NASCAR series of racing, the film is all in all, "good". Sacha Baron Cohen ('Borat') plays probably the funniest part of the film, as a gay French racing driver with possibly the funniest French accent i've heard to date. Will Ferrell meanwhile plays the lead role as a NASCAR driver who was brought up by his wacky dad to believe in the true to life American of "winning is the only option" (Lombardian Ethic) and so, as a grown man, he enjoys the highs of winnining his races while making millions, and sharing his house with the blonde bimbo, and spoilt children, who totally crack me up.

The reason this film has had mixed reviews is likely to be down to the content. Sometimes, jokes can maybe go on a bit too long, or the films breaks on long scenes, and then quickly move onto a different subject, just little things really. I think its also hard to establish what type of audience this is for, which is probably why people like it or hate it, as just like the film Zoolander, you can take it, or you can't.

But in my personal opinion, this is an entertaining film that has it moments, and should give you some good laughs.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as funny as it thinks it is.............. 6 Feb 2007
I agree that this film is silly-funny, and does have some funny moments (I love the sons being called Walker and Texas Ranger), but for a sport that is just ripe for lampooning, a lot of the film misses the mark. The commercials are a nice touch, and the over the top machismo, but therein lies almost all the humour.

I also have a problem in that I feel that Will Ferrell is the modern day Chevy Chase, but lacks some of his charisma. Gary Cole is good value, as always (does he ever sleep, he seems to be in everything).

Overall, average comedy saved by a few very funny moments.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most amazing comedy ever made 18 Mar 2010
By Mrs
Talladega Nights has to be the best Will Ferrell film ever made, almost the best comedy film ever made.

I've seen 1000's of films, and this is by far one of the funniest i have ever seen!!

GO WILL FERRELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value 21 Mar 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I saw this on offer and having recently purchased a Blu ray player I couldn't resist. Such a funny film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is so funny ! 26 Oct 2013
By claire
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I only caught this movie on tv about a month ago & I'm so glad I did
It is such a funny movie , will ferrell , john c. Reilly and sacha baron cohen make this movie the on screen chemistry is brilliant and it is a movie I wouldn't have thought of watching but it really is such a good comedy movie , well worth watching !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sacha Baron Cohen destroyed to the flow 15 Mar 2013
I was just getting into this movie, the characters had just got the plot moving, things were looking good, the atmosphere and the usual crazy WF and the great JR were just getting the flow of the story and characters set up ,everything was developing fine , and the wackiness was working, then Sacha Cohen makes his entrance ,destroys the whole thing, jumps you back into reality ,tries to steal the show, like a non actor on set ,wearing black to stand out. ( in itself this may sound funny, the usual SBC antics, like his on carpet publicity stunts he is at it again, and I concede it is funny, and but for one thing it would BE .
That one thing Is THIS ,, that HE RUINED the COMEDY IN THIS MOVIE AND DERAILED IT ,ruined all the hard work the actors had done getting the thing going , and made everyone became self aware.) INCLUDING ME!!!

I amazed just how bad sacha Cohen is, why does anyone let him near real movies?
If it was not for the fact he was not allowed to destroy the rest of the movie, I wouldn't have liked it at all and would have given it no stars, because one thing is certain when sacha is in any real movie, he destroys everything with the reality of his abilities, which don't lend themselves to anything dramatically fictional, even dramatic comedies.
one thing is obvious, sacha likes to be the only actor present, because it is how he works, he can only work amongst the public, fooling them or appearing to fool them at least.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will Farrell does it again!
Not his best film, but still hilarious! Yet again another amazing pairing with John C Reilly. Would recommend to any Will Farrell fan.
Published 7 months ago by Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Ferrell Classic
A typical Will Ferrell and regular supporting cast ensemble that makes fun of the usual stereotypes around nascar and its fans. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Adam H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Given seller 5 stars but cant watch due to my own fault!
I am not familiar with the different regions and stupidly bought this - and I cant play it on my own players. Not the sellers fault of course so rating them 5 for quick despatch
Published 14 months ago by Margaret McInnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Clever
Watched this with my son after seeing bits of it before and we both loved it. I think some people have missed the point of this with the product placement jokes and stereotypes. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S Finnerty
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST MOVIE EVER MADE

-"Ricky Bobby"

Great movie indeed... From the beginning to the end was hillarious!!!
Shake and Bake!
Published 18 months ago by yonpol
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get it in the post.
Didn't arrive in the post, but alas, this isn't a review for the seller.

I got it elsewhere, and I love it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Arron Rees
4.0 out of 5 stars Talladega Nights
I think it's a fair bet to say that if you have enjoyed other Will Ferrell films, then you will also enjoy Talladega Nights. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2010 by Spider Monkey
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic by any means...
To like this film, you have to love Will Ferrell and everything he has to offer. For my taste it's too silly. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2010 by N. J. Elcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very funny film and awesome Blu ray quality. Very fast delivery and no problems at all.
Published on 4 Feb 2009 by S. Tower
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