Ricky Bobby wants to go fast.

Sunday, August 13th at 9:22 pm Leave a comment

talladegatvI’m disappointed, but I did warn myself. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby offered nothing except a cool theater on a itchy summer afternoon. There weren’t any chuckle-worthy, off-kilter, classic Will Ferrell moments. Not even, really, basic entertainment value.

Overanalyzing light comedies usually strikes me as unnecessary, but I’ll point out a few reasons why this film didn’t do anything for me:

1. Uber-pesky kids and a wayyyy too long “baby Jesus” prayer scene.

2. Hardly any Will Ferrell stumbling-over-words humor. Which is probably the best kind. There was a brief scene when he and French rival racer argue simultaneously, but this was the closest he got.

3. One member of the pit crew was obviously molded after Brick from Anchorman: totally in the background, blurting out random statements, hyper like a gopher. Steve Carrell was perfect as Brick in Anchorman. This similar character wasn’t a jewel, and wasn’t played by Steve Carrell. Period.

3/10 (gets points for the cougar and not relying on gross-out or slapstick humor).


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August 2006
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Hi! I'm Rachel, and this is my blog. I've tended to assume that if I ever blogged, it'd be a sappy diary. But based on what I've favored reading in other posts, I'm going to do this instead: pluck out isolated, varied things/ideas/experiences I find engrossing, try to choose the few right words out of a potential million, and hopefully cleanse my writing skills in the process. Because, you know, when I was little and was questioned about a future career, my answer was typically: "I'm going to be an author."

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