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YMMV / Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

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  • Designated Villain: Jean Girard is little more than a rival nascar driver who's actually a more likable character than our heroes. Fortunately the film acknowledges that he isn't evil and doesn't treat him like a true villain.
  • Foe Yay: Ricky and Girard at the end.
  • Fridge Brilliance: When Reese tapes a kilo of Colombian bam-bam under Ricky's car (actually a bag of Lucky Charms cereal). What do some call the "War on Drugs"? Prohibition II. How did NASCAR get started? Running moonshine in Prohibition I. Ferrel and the filmmakers were explicitly calling bullshit on the War on Drugs!
  • Fridge Horror: While Granny is making Walker and Texas Ranger do community service, she asks "How many times are you going to throw me the radio when I'm in the bathtub?" Throwing electronics into a bathtub while someone in it can easily kill them.
    • Which means it's a damn good thing Ricky's mom whipped them into shape when she did. Without her giving them some much-needed discipline, it's very likely those two could have actually grown up to be full-on criminals.
  • Funny Moments: Thanks to a script once again written by McKay and Ferrell, we get plenty of these.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Ricky Bobby's downfall and subsequent effort to rebuild his driving reputation, after Kurt Busch went through a two year stretch like this after he got fired from Penske Racing at the end of the 2011 Sprint Cup season for outbursts. As if to lampshade it, Busch drove Ricky Bobby based cars at two Talladega races. He drove Ricky's Cougar paint job in May 2012 for Phoenix Racing, and a Wonder Bread car in October 2013 for Furniture Row Racing.
  • Ho Yay: Ricky and Girard at the end.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Shake and bake!" In fact it has been heard on actual Sprint Cup drivers' radio communications and also has been used by the TV commentator teams.
    • And, for a while, "the best PlayStation 3 game on the market." Explanation 
    • "Help me, Jesus! Help me, Jewish God! Help me, Allah! Help me, Tom Cruise!"
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: The film was a huge hit in middle America, despite (or rather, because of) its constantly making fun of rednecks and NASCAR.
  • Moment of Awesome: See here.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Amy Adams as Susan and Jane Lynch as Lucy Bobby.
  • Squick: The knife scene. Full stop.
  • The Woobie: Ricky's father-in-law Chip. Whatever negative karma he earned for fathering Carley does not balance out the crap he endures having Walker and Texas Ranger for grandkids.


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