Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

2006 UR 2h 2m Blu-ray / DVD

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

2006 UR 2h 2m Blu-ray / DVD
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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.
Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Jane Lynch, Amy Adams, Andy Richter, Molly Shannon
Adam McKay
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English, French, English SDH
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
UR - UR -
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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