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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Wild, raunchy comedy about NASCAR culture.

Movie PG-13 2006 105 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 13+


Best movie ever! Hilarious

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 11+


Violence 2/5 Sex 3/5 Language 4/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 2/5

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (34 ):

Both vulgar and cheerful, like most other Will Ferrell movies, TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY is also slightly tricky. It makes fun of multiple targets, using equally obnoxious tactics. No one is spared: It mocks stereotypically "redneck" NASCAR culture as well as other groups (gays, foreigners, and intellectuals). It's a parody, but kids may miss the point.

While this story is simple enough, the execution is often startlingly maladroit. While there is plainly an enthusiastic audience for the Anchorman school of filmmaking, this incarnation seems more a string of skits (namely, opportunities for Ferrell to act silly, which he does well) than a movie per se. In fact, the closing credits over outtakes is the funnier version of this approach. So if you go, stay through to the end.

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