Will Ferrell stars as the hilarious Ricky Bobby, in Talladega Nights : The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, a tongue-in-cheek NASCAR comedy. It is a comic look at the inside world of NASCAR racing. Bobby and his life-long best friend Cal Naughton, Jr. (John C. Reilly) start out as members of a pit crew, and through the good luck of being in the right place at the right time become winning race-car drivers. However, when Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) crosses over from F-1 racing to challenge him- Bobby looses it all - and has to figure out how to race again.
This is a funny comedy DVD on so many different levels. I thought I would have to really like NASCAR racing to really like this film - but it is a comedy for every one. Will Ferrell is great as Ricky Bobby - he convincingly plays both a self-important jerk who believes that he is the centre of the universe, as well as an out of luck loser looking to get it all back. Ferrell does this with true comedic genius.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is also a fantastic spoof on the American dream - being in the right place at the right time, taking advantage of someone else's laziness, and once on top, being the most arrogant person in the game. Both Ferrell and Reilly show us the shallowness involved in the pursuit of this dream, and this movie makes it easy to laugh at the ludicrousness of it all.
There are other great performances worth mentioning: Bobby's duplicitous (yet truly honest) wife, brilliantly played by Leslie Bibb, skilfully reveals the true nature of groupies. Both of Bobby's kids Walker and Texas Ranger (Houston Tumlin and Grayson Russell) are also humorously bratty.
Also worth mentioning - the soundtrack in Talladega Nights is really good, and the special features shouldn't be missed - there lots of laughs there as well.
If you are a Will Ferrell fan, or a NASCAR fan, or you just like to laugh, Talladega Nights : The Ballad of Ricky Bobby now on DVD is for you.
The Unrated Widescreen Edition DVD of Talladega Nights includes quite a few extras, some related to NASCAR, in addition to the deleted scenes and so on.