History Film / TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby

9th May '16 9:44:12 PM dmcreif
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* ArtisticLicense:
** The Texas Motor Speedway race is signed as the Dickies 500 (which is now the AAA Texas 500), but there are a few glaring inaccuracies to any NASCAR fan: one, the race ends in the day time, when both Texas races (spring and fall) end under the lights (the spring one is a Saturday night race), which is more true of the fall event (which used to be the Dickies 500) because it is in November. Also, the NASCAR on FOX crew is shown commentating for the race, when at the time of filming, and in the present day, it would have been the NASCAR on NBC team (or, from 2007 to 2014, the NASCAR on ESPN[=/=]ABC team) who would be covering the race. FOX covers the spring Texas race, currently known as the Duck Commander 500.



** The Texas Motor Speedway race is signed as the Dickies 500 (which is now the AAA Texas 500), but there are a few glaring inaccuracies to any NASCAR fan: one, the race ends in the day time, when both Texas races (spring and fall) end under the lights (the spring one is a Saturday night race), which is more true of the fall event (which used to be the Dickies 500) because it is in November. Also, the NASCAR on FOX crew is shown commentating for the race, when at the time of filming, and in the present day, it would have been the NASCAR on NBC team (or, from 2007 to 2014, the NASCAR on ESPN[=/=]ABC team) who would be covering the race. FOX covers the spring Texas race, currently known as the Duck Commander 500.



** Although NASCAR does allow relief drivers to get in a car after the race is already started, the relief driver must have practiced in a Sprint Cup car during that weekend at that track of the event. Since Ricky Bobby is on the pit crew, he would not have practiced a car and therefore would not be allowed to get in the car for his first race.
** When Reese goes to pick up the two Talladega tickets, the sign at the vendor window says "Saturday Tickets." In reality, both of Talladega's Sprint Cup races (the circuit Ricky would have been racing in) are held on Sunday. The Saturday race would be the Xfinity Series race on the spring weekend, and the Truck Series race on the fall weekend. The only Sprint Cup races held on Saturdays are night races.

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** Although **Ricky Bobby's career starts when, while just a member of the pit crew, he relieves the driver of the #26. While NASCAR does allow relief drivers to get in a car after the race is already started, started (which often happens with a driver who's recovering from a serious injury who needs to start for points but can't expect to complete the whole race[[note]]for instance, Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart had relief drivers at Talladega in 2013 and 2016 respectively while they recovered from back injuries[[/note]]). But the relief driver must have practiced in a Sprint Cup car during that weekend at that track of the event. Since Ricky Bobby is on the pit crew, he would not have practiced a car and therefore would not be allowed to get in the car for his first race.
** When Reese goes to pick up the two Talladega tickets, the sign at the vendor window says "Saturday Tickets." In reality, both of Talladega's Sprint Cup races (the circuit Ricky would have been racing in) are held on Sunday. The Saturday race would be the Xfinity Series race on the spring weekend, and the Truck Series race on the fall weekend. The only Sprint Cup races held on Saturdays are night races.races, of which none happen at Talladega because it does not have lights.
9th May '16 9:37:08 PM dmcreif
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* ArtisticLicenseSports: In the climatic race, team owner Larry Dennitt gives Cal team orders, through Cal's crew chief, to take out Ricky so as to keep Ricky from getting past Jean Girard. When Cal refuses to comply, Dennitt orders his third car, Ricky's old #26 ride, to wreck Cal so that Cal can't give Ricky a push. In real life, these 'team orders' would be construed as an attempt to manipulate the finish of the race, especially since the #26 shoving Cal into the wall starts a Big One. If what happened in real life to Michael Waltrip Racing after they were caught attempting to manipulate the finish of the September 2013 Richmond race to get Martin Truex, Jr. into the Chase means anything[[note]]50 point penalties to all three MWR teams, as well as probations and suspensions among many MWR crew members. The resulting fall out also cost Truex his ride and subsequently caused the downfall and folding of MWR by the end of the 2015 season[[/note]], NASCAR will probably be handing Dennitt's teams huge fines and penalties.

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* ArtisticLicenseSports: ArtisticLicenseSports:
**In the race where Ricky tries to win while driving in reverse there should have been roof flaps deploying. Every NASCAR car has flaps that open up on the roof to prevent them from flying into the air when in a crash. They only open when the car is moving in reverse with sufficient wind speed.
**Although NASCAR does allow relief drivers to get in a car after the race is already started, the relief driver must have practiced in a Sprint Cup car during that weekend at that track of the event. Since Ricky Bobby is on the pit crew, he would not have practiced a car and therefore would not be allowed to get in the car for his first race.
**When Reese goes to pick up the two Talladega tickets, the sign at the vendor window says "Saturday Tickets."
In reality, both of Talladega's Sprint Cup races (the circuit Ricky would have been racing in) are held on Sunday. The Saturday race would be the Xfinity Series race on the spring weekend, and the Truck Series race on the fall weekend. The only Sprint Cup races held on Saturdays are night races.
**NASCAR did not implement the double file restarts for lead lap cars until midway through the 2009 season. Since Ricky Bobby and Jean Girard were both still on the lead lap, Ricky Bobby would have had to line up behind Girard since he was in second place when the caution flag came out. Ricky would have been black flagged for lining up that way, meaning he could not have won the race, even if he had crossed the line before Girard.
**When Ricky and Cal execute "Shake N' Bake", they down shift, then pull out of line. A few times this occur, they're racing at Talladega. Talladega is a restrictor plate track, meaning that with the exception of restarts, and entering and exiting pit road (which they did at full speed), the drivers don't shift at all under green. Also, Ricky was single-handedly passing multiple cars at Talladega. With today's air packages and restrictor plates, passing one car alone without drafting help is very rare.
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the climatic race, team owner Larry Dennitt gives Cal team orders, through Cal's crew chief, to take out Ricky so as to keep Ricky from getting past Jean Girard. When Cal refuses to comply, Dennitt orders his third car, Ricky's old #26 ride, to wreck Cal so that Cal can't give Ricky a push. In real life, these 'team orders' That would be construed really stupid to pull off in real life since NASCAR monitors radio communications, and the officials would see this as an attempt to manipulate the finish of the race, especially since the #26 shoving Cal into the wall starts a Big One. If took out most of the field. This would end with all of Dennitt's teams receiving huge fines, point penalties, as well as the suspensions of several personnel, if what happened in real life to Michael Waltrip Racing after they were caught attempting to manipulate the finish of the September 2013 Richmond race to get Martin Truex, Jr. into the Chase means anything[[note]]50 anything[[note]]NASCAR caught MWR engaging in "team orders". They handed down 50 point penalties to all three MWR teams, as well as probations and suspensions among many MWR crew members. The resulting fall out also cost Truex his ride due to NAPA Auto Parts withdrawing sponsorship, and subsequently caused the downfall and folding of MWR by the end of the 2015 season[[/note]], season[[/note]].
**Girard and Ricky are disqualified for getting out of their cars. Their mangled, obliterated, more-metal-and-fiberglass-shavings-than-cars cars. This happened on the final lap. In real life, the
NASCAR rule is that once the white flag waves, the next flag will probably be handing Dennitt's teams huge fines end the race, whether it's the checkered or yellow flag. If the caution happens before the field gets to the finish line, the field is frozen at the instant of caution and penalties.the finishing order is determined by photographic evidence and video replays.
**Ricky Bobby's car is shown to have a 5 speed transmission with a reverse gear. NASCAR only allows a 4 speed transmission with a reverse gear.



* RealityIsUnrealistic: When the Big One hits during the final race, as the result of Cal Naughton, Jr.'s teammate hooking Naughton into the wall for helping Ricky Bobby overtake Jean Girard, every single car in the pack piles in and only two cars (Ricky and Girard) are left running and on the lead lap. Big crashes that reduced the number of cars in contention significantly have happened in RealLife at the Cup and Busch races at Talladega, although typically, with the exception of maybe the wreck on lap 14 in the 2002 Aaron's 312 Xfinity race[[note]]That wreck is the biggest wreck in modern NASCAR history, with 31 cars involved in that single crash (Only 12 drivers escaped the wreck undamaged; with Stacy Compton, eventual race winner Jason Keller, and Kenny Wallace being ahead of the crash; C.W. Smith, Hank Parker, Jr., Casey Mears, Tim Fedewa, Andy Kirby, Larry Gunselman, and Chad Chaffin being able to brake in time or had lost the draft and fallen too far behind the crashed pack; and Chrsitian Elder and Brad Teague already retired before the crash happened). Eventually, only 3 cars finished in the lead lap, with 3rd place Tim Fedewa (who was supposed to park the car) being half a lap down from the two leaders[[/note]], there are more than two cars still running on the lead lap.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: When RealityIsUnrealistic:
**When
the Big One hits during the final race, as the result of Cal Naughton, Jr.'s teammate hooking Naughton into the wall for helping Ricky Bobby overtake Jean Girard, every single car in the pack piles in and only two cars (Ricky and Girard) are left running and on the lead lap. Big crashes that reduced the number of cars in contention significantly have happened in RealLife at the Cup and Busch races at Talladega, although typically, with the exception of maybe the wreck on lap 14 in the 2002 Aaron's 312 Xfinity race[[note]]That wreck is the biggest wreck in modern NASCAR history, with 31 cars involved in that single crash (Only 12 drivers escaped the wreck undamaged; with Stacy Compton, eventual race winner Jason Keller, and Kenny Wallace being ahead of the crash; C.W. Smith, Hank Parker, Jr., Casey Mears, Tim Fedewa, Andy Kirby, Larry Gunselman, and Chad Chaffin being able to brake in time or had lost the draft and fallen too far behind the crashed pack; and Chrsitian Elder and Brad Teague already retired before the crash happened). Eventually, only 3 cars finished in the lead lap, with 3rd place Tim Fedewa (who was supposed to park the car) being half a lap down from the two leaders[[/note]], there are more than two cars still running on the lead lap.lap.
**Twice during the scene in Ricky's mother's kitchen, Texas Ranger mouths Walker's words. Although this is a common actor's mistake, it makes sense in this particular context. These two are always planning and thinking together, so the idea that they can anticipate each other's every word is quite fitting.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Based on the league patches on the drivers' uniforms, and the Gen-4 cars, it is implied that the first part of the movie takes place in 2003 and the latter in 2004. This comes from the drivers wearing Winston Cup emblems, which was last used in 2003 before Nextel took over the Cup sponsorship in 2004. NASCAR has made a lot of changes since then that are noticeable.



* WhatAnIdiot:
** InUniverse, this is NBC commentator Bill Weber's reaction to John Hannafin's interviews of "celebrities" in the grandstands:

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* WhatAnIdiot:
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WhatAnIdiot: InUniverse, this is NBC commentator Bill Weber's reaction to John Hannafin's interviews of "celebrities" in the grandstands:
8th Apr '16 9:01:53 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Another scene has Ricky's family calling him out on always referring to Jesus as a baby when he says grace. "He was a grown man! He had a beard!"
24th Mar '16 4:41:25 PM badbassist
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* TrainingFromHell: Ricky's dad, Reese, helped Ricky Bobby regain his confidence by making him drive with a full grown cougar in the back of the car. And making him drive while ''blindfolded''. And making him run from the cops with a kilo of pot taped underneath his car [[spoiler:later revealed to be a bag of Lucky Charms]].

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* TrainingFromHell: Ricky's dad, Reese, helped Ricky Bobby regain his confidence by making him drive with a full grown cougar in the back of the car. And making him drive while ''blindfolded''. And making him run from the cops with a kilo of pot cocaine taped underneath his car [[spoiler:later revealed to be a bag of Lucky Charms]].
7th Mar '16 7:29:12 AM erforce
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A 2006 {{comedy}} parodying the world of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}, starring Creator/WillFerrell, Creator/JohnCReilly, Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan, and Creator/SachaBaronCohen among others, directed by [=Adam McKay=]. It is a Creator/JuddApatow production, and considered by many to be the spiritual successor to ''[[AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy]]'', which was also an Apatow production directed by [=McKay=].

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A 2006 {{comedy}} parodying the world of UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}}, starring Creator/WillFerrell, Creator/JohnCReilly, Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan, and Creator/SachaBaronCohen among others, directed by [=Adam McKay=]. It is a Creator/JuddApatow production, and considered by many to be the spiritual successor to ''[[AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy]]'', ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', which was also an Apatow production directed by [=McKay=].
18th Feb '16 8:19:17 PM TeraChimera
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* WinWinEnding: [[spoiler:Literally every plot thread in the movie ends positively for all parties involved. For the main ones: Ricky finds the will to race again, beats Girard at Talladega, and rekindles his relationship with his long-lost father. Girard loses to Ricky (which means he's finally found a WorthyOpponent), earns enough of his respect to receive a kiss, and the two of them seem to be building a friendly rivalry. Cal realizes what a jerk he's been and helps Ricky beat Girard, but the manner of their finish gets them disqualified, so he wins Talladega instead; after the race, he apologizes to Ricky, who accepts, but also lets Cal keep racing on his own team and earn his own fame.]]
29th Jan '16 6:23:22 PM MURPHYCHACHO
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* BrattyHalfPint[=s=]: Ricky's sons stop acting like "retarded gang-bangers" after Ricky's mother gets after them, though at the beginning you'll probably be surprised that their parents don't punish them for mouthing off to other family members. Especially once Cal incites them.

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* BrattyHalfPint[=s=]: {{Bratty Half Pint}}s: Ricky's sons stop acting like "retarded gang-bangers" after Ricky's mother gets after them, though at the beginning you'll probably be surprised that their parents don't punish them for mouthing off to other family members. Especially once Cal incites them.
29th Jan '16 6:19:48 PM MURPHYCHACHO
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* TookALevelInKindness: Both Walker and Texas Ranger after Granny whips them into shape with some much-needed discipline and turns them into decent kids.
19th Jan '16 2:01:08 AM Eagal
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* AffablyEvil: Jean Girard is arguably the most likeable character in the film.

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* AffablyEvil: Jean Girard is arguably one of the most likeable character likable characters in the film.
19th Jan '16 2:00:44 AM Eagal
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** She does it twice at the end to Ricky, prompting two guys to faint and the rest to get out their cellphones. Miraculously, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Ricky turns her down]], and Susan flashes her boobs at Carley. [[WorthyOpponent Carley is impressed.]]

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** She does it twice at the end to Ricky, prompting two guys to faint and the rest to get out their cellphones. Miraculously, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Ricky turns her down]], down, and Susan flashes her boobs at Carley. [[WorthyOpponent Carley is impressed.]]
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