Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Up next is the Adam McKay/Will Ferrell NASCAR comedy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Okay, we all know Will Ferrell is hilarious - but how funny is he in this film? Upon this film's release, I was a little nervous. I was optimistic, hoping that this film would be as good as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Then there was another side of me that was convinced it wouldn't be that great - another miss in a long chain of failures including Bewitched and Kicking and Screaming.

Well, the verdict is in: Talladega Nights is funny - but how funny? If you're looking for the wild and out of control Will Ferrell we all know in love, look elsewhere. Talladega Nights is a tame, toned down version of Ferrell, which is good for the box office (as entire familys will go see it, and it appeals to a much broader fan base, NASCAR enthusiasts included).

To be honest, many of the supporting actors in this film simply stole the spotlight away from Ferrell. Jane Lynch (who you know as the crazy store manager from The 40-year-old Virgin) is awesome as Ferrell's mother, and Gary Cole (of Office Space fame) is downright honest in his portrayal of a deadbeat stock car racin' alcoholic father. I mean, he's so good - I expect to see him on Cops.

While there's plenty of outlandishly silly antics and dialogue, it's not as consistently funny as Anchorman - there were parts where I was nearly falling out of my seat, others where I felt myself laughing because I wanted to believe it was really funny, when in reality I could have just sat there and cracked a smile instead.

Will Ferrell is still the leading comedic actor of our times - there's no question about it, and Adam McKay is still just as random as ridiculous as he's always been, but I personally wanted more. I think as soon as this film hits DVD it will become a cult classic just like Anchorman, except this film is enjoying more success at the box office.

At any rate, it's still taking the #1 spot for comedy of 2006. Shake & Bake!
Reviewed by: adam