Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Lifelong friends Ricky and Cal have earned their NASCAR stripes with their uncanny knack of finishing races in the first and second slots, respectively. But when a rival challenges their records, they'll have to floor it to retain their status.
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- Adam McKay
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
URUnrated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; director's commentary; making-of featurette; cast and crew interview; gag reel.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1Subtitles
English, French, English SDHClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; audio commentary; making-of featurette; other featurettes; cast and crew interviews; gag reel; Bonus race footage; 13 additional minutes.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Talladega Nights includes relentless commercial product placements, by way of parodying professional racing's tendency to slap logos on every available surface. The film also features lots of bawdy chatter concerning a wayward father's lusty behaviors and his son's cheating wife. The hero's two young sons spend half the movie behaving badly -- talking back to elders, cursing, and damaging property -- as their father, a stereotypical "redneck" parody, encourages them. An arm-breaking scene includes loud bone-breaking noise; several car crashes are violent (cars flipping and smashing and catching on fire). Same-sex and opposite-sex couples kiss; one gay character is portrayed very flamboyantly (continuing the movie's trend of stereotypical characterizations). Characters refer to drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.
- Sexual Content
- Women appear in skimpy clothing; references to Ricky's daddy's sexual appetites; kissing between both opposite-sex and same-sex couples; Ricky's best friend sleeps with and steals his wife; frequent references to "balls"; graphic reference to posing for Playgirl ("spreading cheeks").
- Slapstick falls (no blood); several car crashes are a bit harrowing (cars flip over, bang each and walls, catch on fire, with some disturbing point-of-view camerawork); Jean breaks Ricky's arm (loudly); Ricky's attacked by a cougar, who leaves bloody scratches and a ripped shirt.
- One bleeped-out "f--k"; Ricky gives rival the finger; repeated uses of "s--t" and other obscenities.
- Social Behavior
- Parodies NASCAR "culture" stereotypes, targeting Christianity and those who are homophobic.
- The movie features racing's relentless endorsements; products named and pictured include Wonder Bread, Coca-Cola, Power-Ade, Sunoco, Old Spice, Mountain Dew, Domino's pizza, Taco Bell, KFC, Fig Newtons, Sprint, Applebees, Lucky Charms, Perrier, Hardees, Sprint, Sony Vaio, Visa, Sunoco, QVC, Kodak, Halliburton.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- References to drugs (weed, peyote, crack); frequent drinking (team sponsor is malt liquor; champagne popped after races; race team owner's wife is always drunk) and some cigarette and cigar smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it