Talladega Nights rides with no class.
Ricky Bobby is successful in the way that nearly all Ferrel movies are, funny. The story is mediocre, and in some places non existent, but in the end it is a comedy movie not a work of art.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is an absolute comedic romp. There is no part of this film that was founded on a proper plot structure or deeply interesting characters, but all that aside this film is down right hilarious. Ferrell and Reilly are a brilliant comedic duo, McKay flexes his directing brilliance, and the rest of the cast produces laughs on top of laughs. It is crude, rude, and unfortunate at more times that seldom. If you like Ferrell, you'll love this, and if you hate Farrell avoid at all costs. Talladega Nights has a lot to offer, not in cinematic elements, but in laughs.
I laughed far more than expected, but that was easy since I expected zero laughs. The majority of the jokes miss, but the ones that do hit are really funny. I am not a Will Ferrell fan and this one is no exception, though it was better than Step Brothers, but that was easy to do as well. The plot and writing and decent, but it is a comedy and the focus here is obviously on it being funny or not. It was not, on the whole, funny so the movie is bad from that angle anyways. The film, fortunately, is bad everywhere else too, though the direction from Adam McKay is okay, even if this material is beneath his skill level. Overall, Talladega Nights may be bad, but it is bolstered by a few laugh out loud moments. Tragically, the rest fall flat.
This movie is... bad. Almost every character is low-down, stupid, anger-inducing piece of trash. In an attempt to avoid Disney life lessons and good, cheesy character development, the movie makes the characters set-in-stone horrible people who don't learn anything. The main character, his wife, his best friend, and his kids are all terrible in their own way, and made me want to scream and physically hurt them. 85% of the jokes are NOT FUNNY, AT ALL. There were a few hilarious moments and lines, and the French guy was pretty hilarious, but besides these things this movie was not funny. All in all, watching this movie was a really bad experience.