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[[caption-width-right:191:Shake and bake!]]

-> ''The story of a man who could only count to #1.''

A 2006 {{comedy}} parodying the world of {{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=].

Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a dull yet charismatic NASCAR superstar who lives by the motto of his [[ParentalAbandonment missing father]] Reese Bobby (Gary Cole): "If you're not first, you're last." Helping him always secure the number one spot on the track is friend and fellow driver Cal Naughton, Jr. (Reilly). A few years after his initial rise to stardom, Bobby has a wealth of endorsements, is married to a babe named Carley (Leslie Bibb), and together they raise their two boys, [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger Walker]] and [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger Texas Ranger]] Bobby.

However, the good life Bobby has made for himself is put in danger when French Formula One racer Jean Girard (Cohen) makes a jump to NASCAR. After a humiliating loss puts Girard at the top of the NASCAR world, Bobby loses everything: his reputation, his endorsements, and even his wife (to Cal!). However, with the unorthodox training methods of Reese, and the support of his mother Lucy (Jane Lynch) and his assistant-turned-lover Susan (AmyAdams), Ricky motivates himself to return to the NASCAR scene in order to restore his reputation.
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Some {{NASCAR}} fans have embraced the movie and the phrase "Shake 'n bake" can sometimes be heard at races by fans and commentators.
* AffablyEvil: Jean Girard is arguably the most likeable in the film.
* AffectionateParody: Of {{NASCAR}} and southern culture in general.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Cal feels this way towards Bobby. [[spoiler: He was finally able to beat him as well as Jean Girard in the final race due to technicality.]]
* AnachronismStew: At the final Talladega race, when the pace car pulls off on the last restart, Ricky Bobby's and Jean Girard's cars are side-by-side, a la a double-file restart. However, when the movie was filmed, this would not be how they would line up for a restart: in 2005, double-file restarts (or "Shootout-style restarts" as they were also called) were only used in the non-points Sprint Cup races - the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona and the All-Star Race at Charlotte. In points-paying races, the field lined up for restarts with two lines of cars - lead lap cars on the outside line, and lap-down cars on the inside line; on restarts with less than ten laps to go, all of the cars restarted single file whether or not on the lead lap. Double-file restarts were only implemented in points races starting at the 2009 Pocono 500.
** In a reverse case, we see Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. communicating with each other over their radios. After the Car of Tomorrow came out, it was possible to see a "two car tandem" where two cars would hook up nose-to-tail at restrictor plate tracks and be able to go much faster than the pack, which led to somewhat more competitive racing at Talladega and to a lesser extent at Daytona. In 2012, NASCAR took away the ability for drivers to directly communicate with each other in an effort to restore regular pack racing to plate tracks.
* AnarchyIsChaos: Ricky's children appear to have this view, despite admitting to not knowing what the term means.
* AntiVillain: Jean Girard. Hes more reasonable and honorable than most of the protagonists.
* 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, 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.
* AsHimself: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is seen near the beginning asking Ricky for his autograph to drive home how popular Ricky is at the start of the movie.
** As well as fellow driver Jamie [=McMurray=], who learns the hard way what Ricky Bobby picked up on sale at Target (the bird).
** FOX commentator Mike Joy, and color analysts Larry [=McReynolds=] and Darrell Waltrip appear during the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
** NBC team Bill Weber, Wally Dallenbach, and Benny Parsons (died 2007) are the commentators at Ricky's comeback race at Talladega. Their presence establishes that the race is the 2005 UAW-Ford 500, of which some of the racing footage was comprised from.
** Jean Girard introduces Ricky Bobby to Elvis Costello and Mos Def.
* AsYouKnow: Reese and Ricky review the origins of stock car racing.
-->'''Ricky:''' ''[gets doused by a pail of water]'' Oh!\\
'''Reese:''' Where'd stock-car racing come from?\\
'''Ricky:''' What? ''[gets doused again]'' Hey, stop doing that!\\
'''Reese:''' How did stock-car racing get its start?!\\
'''Ricky:''' Uh, bootleggers in Prohibition, they had to have cars fast enough to outrun the Feds. Then they started racing each other!\\
'''Reese:''' That's right. ''[douses him again]''\\
'''Ricky:''' If I was right, why'd you throw another bucket on me?!\\
'''Reese:''' [[RuleOfThree "Well, I filled up three.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: [[WalkerTexasRanger Walker and Texas Ranger Bobby]], Ricky's sons.
* BadassGay: Jean Girard.
* BalladOfX: Name title
* BerserkButton: Don't you put that evil on me, Ricky Bobby!
* 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.
* [[CaliforniaDoubling Charlotte Track Doubling]]: Scenes at the Texas Motor Speedway event were actually filmed at the identical cookie cutter track of Charlotte Motor Speedway
* TheCameo: Music/ElvisCostello is a guest at Jean Girard's house.
* ClusterFBomb: In the unrated version, Ricky confides his woes to a random man on the bus only to be met with a loud, profane, unsympathetic tirade too vulgar for the movie's PG-13 theatrical cut.
* CuckoolanderCommentator: John Hannafin
* CulturedBadass: Jean Girard.
* DangerTakesABackseat: Done intentionally by Reese with the cougar in the back seat of his car.
* DareToBeBadass: Susan gives this kind of speech to Ricky.
* DarkHorseVictory: [[spoiler:Both Ricky and Girard are disqualified for having gotten out of their cars, so the trophy goes to Cal, who was in third place when the big crash took out everyone on the grid except for Ricky and Girard.]]
* DefeatMeansRespect: Girard is seeking out someone good enough to defeat him. He embraces Ricky Bobby at the end.
* DisappearedDad: Reese Bobby.
* DramaticDrop: A bar patron drops his beer the second that Jean Girard introduced everyone to his husband.
* {{Eagleland}}: The red-blooded American Ricky Bobby vs. cultured gay French driver Jean Girard.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Cheryl Bobby.
* {{Expy}}:
** In reverse, Kurt Busch became an expy of Ricky Bobby around 2011-2014.
** John Hannafin, the roaming NBC reporter at the last race, may be based on FOX Sports' Jeff Hammond
* FairWeatherMentor: Inverted. Ricky's father refuses to stay around when things are going well, and usually ends up intentionally screwing it up.
-->'''Reese:''' Well, it looks like everything is just about perfect now. Making me a little...twitchy.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Carley Bobby. She even takes her shirt off to flash Ricky.
** 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. Carley is impressed.
* FlexibleTourneyRules: Averted. Girard and Ricky [[spoiler:are disqualified for getting out of their cars. Their mangled, obliterated, more-metal-and-fiberglass-shavings-than-cars cars.]]
-->'''Bill Weber:''' That was the most incredible thing I've ever seen in all my years! Of course, [[LampshadeHanging it's completely illegal and in no way counts]], but man, what a show!
* GlassesGirl: Susan.
* HeroAntagonist: Jean Girard.
* HighConcept: Was literally pitched by [=McKay=] and company by simply writing on a chalkboard: "Creator/WillFerrell as a NASCAR driver."
* HilariousOuttakes: A number of them during the credits, most of which consist of the actors going above and beyond many of the already funny scenes to purposefully [[{{Corpsing}} corpse]] their fellow actors.
** One example is that the outtakes show some of Cal and Ricky's commercials that were ultimately cut from the film - like an advertisement for funeral homes or a public message about packs of stray dogs that are roaming through major cities.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Ricky thinks he's unable to walk. Earlier in the movie before the knife scene he ''gets out of the wheelchair he's in to block a basketball''.
* InsultBackfire: Cal reminds Ricky that "these colors don't run," when Jean Girard has Ricky pinned down by the arm, threatening to break it. Both the United States and France have red, white, and blue flags.
* KickTheDog: Poor Chip is on the receiving end of this during the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A0-u85aAYg dinner scene]], from hearing about his war medals being thrown off the side of a bridge to his grandchildren attacking him and threatening bodily harm on him. Ricky and Cal are certainly no better by encouraging the little punks, topped off with Ricky claiming that his sons are better than Chip has ever been in his life.
-->'''Ricky:''' All you ever did with your life is make a hot daughter. That's it! ''That is IT!''
* LadyDrunk: Dennit's wife ("Mrs. Jim Beam") is very much a straight version. This causes some pretty embarrassing situations for her husband when they are in their private viewing boxes at the races.
* LargeHam: Ricky.
* ManChild: Ricky.
* MoodKiller: After Lucius gives a stirring speech about Ricky driving for his own sake, Glenn completely ruins the moment by making an extremely nerdy metaphor about Ricky's car being his Excalibur.
* MsFanservice: Carly Bobby, played by Leslie Bibb.
* OnlySaneMan: Lucius. It's relative.
-> ''Lucius'': We'll use this knife to pry it out!
* OverusedRunningGag: Ricky running around in just his underwear and helmet thinking that he is on fire gets old after it only comes on ''twice.''
* PrecisionFStrike: From the well-mannered Girard. "By the way, Ricky, I saw the ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' movie! It was ''shit''!" Or Girard's earlier line, "[[Disney/TheLionKing Hakuna Matata]], ''bitches''!"
* ProductPlacement: Parodied, as with many other aspects of NASCAR.
** Taken to the extreme when the dramatic wrecking of Ricky Bobby and Jean Girard is interrupted by an Applebee's commercial. This is an in-joke reference to how many criticized the original NASCAR on NBC coverage for their excessive commercial breaks during green flag runs, which also often missed restarts.
** Perhaps even more extreme when Ricky thanks baby Jesus for certain products during dinner blessing due to contractual obligations.
** Lampshaded:
--->'''Mike Joy:''' Ricky Bobby, who never met a sponsor he wouldn't push, has a huge Fig Newtons sticker on his windshield!\\
'''Darrell Waltrip:''' I think NASCAR'll black-flag him for that!\\
'''Mike Joy:''' He ''sold'' the windshield!\\
'''Ricky Bobby:''' This sticker is dangerous and inconvenient, but I do love Fig Newtons.
* QuoteMine: Parodied; see this page's image, above. If you can't make it out, it says "Best movie ever made." --Ricky Bobby. This is a line Ricky says in the movie itself, and he's actually talking about ''Film/{{Highlander}}''.
* QuoteSwearUnquote: "Hakuna matata, bitches!" from ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* 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 Boby 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. In the Sprint Cup Series, there have been Talladega races where a big crash occurred and there were still a lot of cars that finished on the lead lap. However, big crashes that reduced the number of cars in contention significantly have happened in the Cup and Busch races at Talladega:
** In 2002, for example, in the Busch race, a 30 car crash occurred on lap 15. Three cars finished on the lead lap.
*** In the Aaron's 499 Winston Cup event of the same weekend, 20 cars finished on the lead lap after a 24 car wreck happened on lap 164.
** In 2005, in the spring Cup race, 13 cars finished on the lead lap as a result of a 25 car crash around lap 133 and a six car crash on lap 186.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: "If you ain't first, you're last." Ricky Bobby bases his entire life on this one phrase his father told him, and earnestly believes it to the point that he can't deal with the idea of someone being better than him. He has a nervous breakdown when he wrecks in his first race against Jean Girard and needs training just to know how to go fast again.
** [[spoiler: Subverted later on in the movie when Ricky's Dad says "I was HIGH when I said that! That doesn't make any sense at all. You can be second, third, fourth... hell, you can even be fifth."]]
* SeinfeldianConversation: One breaks out every single time someone tries to say grace. "I like to think of Jesus as a mischievous badger."
* ShoutOut: The plot ''very'' loosely imitates the 1990 TomCruise racing movie ''Days of Thunder''. Ricky Bobby is like Cole Trickle; Jean Girard is a combination of Rowdy Burns and Russ Wheeler, etc. By coincidence, John C. Reilly appears in both movies (as Cole's car chief in ''Days of Thunder'', here as Cal Naughton, Jr.).
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Amy Adams was left out of all advertising in favor of Leslie Bibb.
** Adams did have a memorable line in the commercials and in the movie: "Ricky Bobby is not a thinker! Ricky Bobby is a driver!"
* SpiritedCompetitor: Jean Girard, looking for a WorthyOpponent.
* SpoiledBrat: Walker and Texas Ranger, until Granny whips them into shape.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Ricky Bobby thought that he had become paralyzed despite the doctors telling him that he's fine and that his mind is making him think he's paralyzed. It took a knife to the leg to make him realize he's okay. The broken arm is another example of this. For the record, after making Girard break his arm, Ricky would not in real life be able to get behind the wheel of his racecar so quickly - he'd have to be medically cleared to race by NASCAR.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Fame got into Ricky Bobby's head.
* 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 go on a police chase.
-->'''Reese:''' You've got to drive ''with'' the fear.\\
'''Ricky:''' THERE'S A COUGAR IN THE CAR!\\
'''Reese:''' Yeah. That's the fear.
* TwoFirstNames: Any member of the Bobby family by default. Lampshaded at the beginning of the film. Also, Jean Girard.
* WhatAnIdiot:
** InUniverse, this is NBC commentator Bill Weber's reaction to John Hannafin's interviews of "celebrities" in the grandstands:
--->'''Bill Weber:''' Now let's go to John Hannafin, who's in the stands with a country music legend. \\
''[cuts to Hannafin in the stands]''\\
'''John Hannafin:''' Thank you, Sean. I'm here with one of the greatest country music stars of all-time, Kenny Rogers. Kenny, what do you think of the race so far? \\
'''Kenny Rogers:''' ''[who, as you probably can see, is obviously not Kenny Rogers]'' It's great. They're going really fast.\\
'''Bill Weber:''' John, that's ''not'' Kenny Rogers.\\
'''John Hannafin:''' ''[not hearing Weber]'' In the song "The Gambler", you sang "You gotta know when to walk away and know when to run." Should Ricky Bobby have stayed away from racing? \\
'''"Kenny Rogers":''' Mr. Bobby's very competitive. If he wants to race, he should race. \\
'''John Hannafin:''' Well, this is John Hannafin with Kenny Rogers. And now back to you, Bill. \\
'''Bill Weber:''' Well, that, of course, was ''not'' Kenny Rogers. \\
'''Benny Parsons:''' Not even close!
** And later, Hannafin is shown interviewing a black man he mistakes for NBA legend Larry Bird - who was ''white'':
--->'''Bill Weber:''' Come on, John! Pay attention!\\
'''Benny Parsons:''' I'm honestly concerned he might have had a stroke.
* WorthyOpponent: Jean Girard is looking for one, and believes hes found it in Ricky Bobby.
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