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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language, drug references and brief comic violence

Reviewed by: Chris Monroe
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Primary Audience:
Adults, Teens
Genre:
Action, Comedy, Sports
Length:
1 hr. 45 min.
Year of Release:
2006
USA Release:
August 4, 2006 (wide)
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Featuring: Will Ferrell, Sacha Baron Cohen, John C. Reilly, Michael Clarke Duncan, Gary Cole
Director: Adam McKay
Producer: Judd Apatow, Joshua Church, Andrew J. Cohen, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Matthew Tolmach
Distributor: Columbia Pictures

“The story of a man who could only count to #1”

Will Ferrell is obviously the engine under the hood of the NASCAR fan-spoofing farce, “Talladega Nights”, revving up his comedic skills and going lap after lap with outlandish humor—but it is not a movie you should race out to see. The story is built by one formula Hollywood approach that makes you feel like you are not firing on all cylinders, and makes you wish you had taken the higher road.

Born in the backseat of a racecar, Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) grows up with dreams to someday be a racecar driver like his substance-abusing, absentee father, Reese Bobby (Gary Cole). After Ricky and his buddy Cal (John C. Reilly) go from working in the pit as mechanics to behind the wheel as champion racers, success takes Ricky for a loop when confronted by the homosexual, Perrier-sponsored, French racer, Jean Girard. After an unexpected visit from his father, Ricky has to find a way to reconcile misunderstandings from his childhood with his dream of doing what he loves.

There are some typically offensive things in “Talladega Nights” that you may find in many PG-13 movies, namely, foul language, the Lord’s name being taken in vain and some sexual jokes and references. There are also some odd violent moments, too, which were done humorously, but were nonetheless a bit disturbing. One instance involved someone’s arm being broken, complete with sound effects. This moment, and others like it, seem to push the envelope compared to how movies used to handle these kinds of situations. It feels like another step toward desensitization.

But the scene that could be the most disconcerting is the one where Ricky Bobby is praying. At dinner one night, Ricky says grace before the meal and repeatedly addresses his prayers to “baby Jesus.” This results in a spat with his wife about which Jesus to pray to and an unintelligent philosophical discussion with Cal about what Jesus is like. It is all done very comically, of course, but did seem too irreverent.

The characters are sincere in their faith, however, and it does not seem that the filmmakers are directly trying to spoof Christianity. In fact, most of Ricky’s prayer is filled with thanksgiving, and one of Cal’s remarks reveals that he truly believes in Jesus as the Lord. What it does seem like, though, is that the filmmakers are spoofing a subculture with characters that also happen to be Christian. And since these characters are not shown in a good light, the validity of their faith also seems to suffer in the process.

Most of the time, the way these characters live does not really exemplify Christianity. For example, Ricky prays to various other deities besides Jesus when he crashes his car and thinks he is on fire. But one redemptive subplot, however, is seen with Ricky’s mother, Lucy Bobby (Jane Lynch), and how she disciplines Ricky’s two sons, Texas Ranger (Grayson Russell) and Walker (Houston Tumlin). These two boy’s behavior throughout the story is more than unwieldy, but they (like some of the other characters, too) make a change for the better.

If you like Will Ferrell, you will have a few good laughs throughout this movie. Expect cleaner comedy than “Anchorman” and more story than “Old School,” but going for a ride in this arena may not be worth your time.


Viewer Comments
Comments below:
Positive
Positive—I saw the movie opening night with my wife. I found the movie to be very funny. I especially like the references to American food and culture and found it to be humorous in some respects. For instance, the reference to fast food at the dinner table, shows our reliance on superficial fast food and believing wholeheartedly that it is good or OK to eat all the time. Also, the expensive house, car, etc, yet no real family. Totally revealing about our focus as people in America, artificial goals.

Also, I did not find the prayers given by Ricky Bobby to be offensive for a few reasons. One, it seemed to me that its goal was not to mock Christianity. If it was mocking anyone, it would be those of our faith who are superficial. Just like the fast food at the table during the prayer, it gave an image of how often we just look at Jesus as a means to an end, rather than our Lord. Basically prayer for money, big house, food we want, things we want.

At the same time, I found it humorous that as a simpleton, Ricky Bobby was praying. Sort of a child like faith, even though he was doing it wrongly/superficially. Goes to show that God can even bless those who are totally fake. So, I believe, in the end, that everyone knows deep down that this movie is not making fun of God. Not for one instant did this even cross my mind when I was watching the movie and trust me, its happened 1000s of times with other movies.

Last, I found that those who are “modern” were also mocked, through the character of the Frenchman. He was totally liberal, modern, Hollywood, yet he was mocked as often as Ricky Bobby through his refined silliness. Drinking coffee while racing, wanting to retire to Stockholm and make a currency for cats and dogs. Complete idiocy masked in refined, modern, intelligence.
My Ratings: Average / 4
—Anthony Woodcock, age 31
Positive—Much funnier than I expected. Some crude humor and language—but also better than expected. Not for kids under age 10.
My Ratings: Average / 2
—Richard Roberts, age 52
Positive—I LOVED Talladega Nights! I don’t understand why so many people say this extremely offensive. I thought the prayer scene was funny and did not mock Christianity. If you go to a PG-13 movie, you should expect some inappropriate things. It is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language, drug references and brief comic violence, so EXPECT IT! I also can’t believe so many people apparently walked out on this… Overall, if you liked “Anchorman”, this is just as funny, even though it doesn’t have Brick. But Gary Cole is hilarious as Reese Bobby, Ricky’s dad.
My Ratings: Average / 5
—Caleb, age 26
Positive—Funny, Funny, Funny best movie of the summer. I was hesitant to see this movie because usually Will Ferrell is so crude, but not in this movie, he is funny and not crude.
My Ratings: Better than Average / 3
—Jacob Miller, age 35
Neutral
Neutral—As in most any Will Ferrell movie this side of “Elf”, this movie does include things that will offend many: suggestive sexual humor, homosexual jokes, Ferrell running around in his underwear, and a significant amount of foul language… However, the movie is mainly just silly and has a good heart. Its tone is not mean-spirited, and I personally enjoyed it. For what it’s worth content wise, there is nothing in here that you wouldn’t see on SNL.
My Ratings: Average / 4
—Neal, age 18
Negative
Negative—I know Will Ferrell is pretty crude, but he can sure get a laugh out of me most of the time. This movie just really crossed the line. There was more crude humor in it than smart humor. His stuff is always “dumb,” but you can take an intelligent approach at stupid humor—in this movie he did not. It was all about sex. That’s all I saw. I was rather disappointed. Not worth the theatre price and not worth the rental’s time. Just watch the trailer for free, and you’ll get more consecutive laughs than you would in the whole film itself.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 2
—Brandon, age 20
Negative—I was excited about this movie to begin with, then I watched it, and was GREATLY disappointed. Yes, parts of the movie was funny but the morals of the movie was greatly missing. The worst part was when Will Ferrell was praying in the movie and then people started to use fowl language DURING the prayer. One of his sons in the movie said “You made that prayer your b*tch!” I was shocked. The children in this movie had the worse mouth out of anybody.

The french guy in the movie was gay and at the end had a kiss with Will. Will’s best friend in the movie ended up marrying his wife. He ends up changing his mind and decides that winning isn’t everything but he turns around at the end and runs to the end of the finish line. This is not a good movie to watch. If you do have to watch it go and rent it when it comes out.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 4
—Jessica, age 21
Negative—We “won” tickets to a preview of this film. I took my 14 year old daughter and three friends. I have found that some PG-13 movies just have one area that I don’t want to necessarily expose my children to, this movie represented all of them. The quality of the film making was excellent. I admit, I did laugh through 90%+ of the movie. The foul language was over the top; the gay relationship between the two drivers wasn’t just “suggested,” they held hands, kissed, were married, etc. The children in the movie used fowl language and disrespected elders (to an extreme). A cleaner version of this movie could have been done and even appealed to a younger audience. I know of a lot of kids that are into NASCAR racing, etc. and are eager to go see this movie. I wouldn’t take them, because you will have a lot of explaining to do afterwards. The movie could be used as a teaching tool as an example of ways not to act.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 5
—Dawn, age 37
Negative—My wife and I were so exited about this movie. We are NASCAR fans, and our favorite track is at Talladega. We also love Will Ferrell’s work as a comedian. I was not able to allow my 10 year old daughter to stay and finish this movie. Even though I would rate this as excellent, the immoral content was unexpected, and in my opinion unnecessarily over the top. My daughter didn’t understand why a dad would condone the language and behavior of his two sons’ (even as characters in a movie). When my daughter saw a man kiss his “husband” and affectionately pop him on his rear, my daughter was just to uncomfortable as was I, so we left. The immoral content was too much to justify the entertaining value of this movie. This movie is NOT a family film.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
—Jay Stewart, age 45
Negative—We went to this movie expecting to see some slapstick comedy. I want to warn anyone that plans on seeing the movie, it is not like the trailer. This is the first movie that I have ever walked out on. There is tons of crude sexual humor, bad language, and mockery of Christianity. There is a scene around the dinner table and Ricky Bobby is saying grace. It goes on for about 5 minutes or more and the whole time they are mocking Jesus, the kids are saying obscenities and mocking their grandfather. There is a homosexual race car driver and a scene with two men kissing. After this we left the theater. I wouldn’t suggest this movie to anyone.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
—Beth Bowman, age 35
Negative—This movie’s overarching theme is a spoof on NASCAR and its fans as well as having a secondary story line that makes fun of Christians. The children in the movie have extremely foul mouths, speaking profanity to their grandfather and other adults. There are many overt and couched references to sex. And even more outrageous are two gay men, living as a married couple with a prolonged shot of them kissing each other on the mouth. In the end, Ricky Bobby (portrayed by Will Farrell in whom I am sorely disappointed) is supposed to have really learned about life. The writers try to redeem the whole mess when Ricky apologizes to his best friend for never letting him win and then Ricky apologizes to his gay opponent by kissing him. This was a pitiful attempt to show that Ricky had learned to keep fighting and believing in himself. What a sad, sad little movie. Seriously, it has to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen!
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 1
—Kelly, age 39
Negative—…There is nothing good about this movie. It is offensive; my wife and I spent the movie looking at each other every time there was an off color comment made by two pre-teen boys or one of the adults. In addition to being crude, it just isn’t funny. I think there were maybe 3, or at the most 4, times when the audience laughed. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t investigate this movie more, or I definitely would not have taken my family to see it. Stay away from this dog and don’t even rent it!
My Ratings: Offensive / 3
—Dennis, age 49
Negative—Everyone was talking and raving about this movie; so we thought we would see it just thinking it would be funny. Funny not in the least it was very offensive. Making fun of Christianity, kids using horrible language, sexual preferences, homosexuality; and I could go on and on. That is just with watching it for about 15-20 minutes and we got up and left. What a waste of hard earned money.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 2
—Wendy Grady, age 38
Negative—I am a NASCAR fan (but not fanatical). This movie is an insult to most fans, even those who are not particularly loyal to NASCAR. The acting is lame, the jokes forced with guffled snickers and half-laughs coming from the audience. NASCAR has a large following of children, and this movie is definitely not for them! The language is awful, sex jokes even worse. I had hoped that the audience generated laughter would carry it but his too failed, there were many times when what was intended to be funny was met with silence. UGH! We got up and left after 40 minutes. What a dud. Don’t bother.
My Ratings: Offensive / 3
—Steven Loewen, age 46
Negative—Very disappointed as a Christian in the “Grace” scene. Very very irreverent. Unfortunately, it ruined the movie overall for me.
My Ratings: Offensive / 2
—Richard, age 49
Negative—Well, this was supposed to be a fun evening out with my husband without our kids to the drive-in to see a “grown up” movie for a change. What a waste! I was really looking forward to laughing. I did some laughing, then came the 5 minute long blasphemous prayer scene. I was ready to leave and see if we could go to another screen, but my husband wanted to hold out. The kids acted like demon spawn, and it was NOT funny. The rampant homosexuality made me ill. It had some funny parts; I won’t lie—I laughed a few times, but the ton of conviction for sitting through this overwhelmed the funny parts. Let’s just say, I did some repenting for not leaving and applaud those who did! Why oh why do they feel the need to add that stuff to the movies? I should have guessed it coming from Will Farrell (Ricky Bobby). He mocked Jesus in another one of his movies (“Superstar”), which ruined an overall funny movie. When he didn’t in “Elf”, I thought that he just did it on that one. WRONG-O! Admittedly, I have only seen a handful of his movies (like 3 or 4), because he can tend to be over the top with the crude humor. This cured me for watching anymore of his movies, and I pray for his soul! As a Christian, I highly recommend that if you love God, don’t disrespect Him by paying to watch this.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
—Linda, age 32
Negative—This is the only film that I have ever walked out on. It was very objectionable in every way imaginable. The scene at the table during grace was a mockery of Jesus Christ, and the language from the adults and children was disgusting. Then the homosexual aspects. I couldn’t stomach anymore and just left. I honestly can’t understand how this movie could have been rated PG-13. I think a R-rating would have been too mild. Please don’t waste your time or money seeing this film.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 1
—Anna Kupfer, age 51
Negative—This movie is a good example of why people should check ratings and reviews BEFORE they attend! Especially those posted at Christian web sites! Boy, were we fooled by the trailers! Normally my wife and I would leave a movie like this before we finish our popcorn and get a refund. I guess we kept hoping it would get better. It never did. The negative reviews about this movie are right on. Offensive language and theme, adult situations (implied sexual grappling on the dinner table after grace in front of the kids ain’t funny! Even if it is between husband and wife!) and kids being used to exhibit bad behavior, foul language and total disrespect for adults. And I didn’t buy the idea that they “repented” later and were well behaved. Their “good” behavior was played in a “let’s make them look like mind-numbed Christians” style. This movie proves several things, though. People today don’t even think about crossing the line in what movies they see, what behavior is offensive vs. funny or how they spend (or waste) their time and money. We’re just too comfortable and acclimated in what we see as “entertainment.” In the mostly full theater we were in, there were only a few hard laughs, some chuckles but mostly silence when the “funny” stuff was playing out. Our audience just wasn’t buying it! But neither were they leaving in noticeable numbers. I hope I’ve learned my lesson. From now on READ THE REVIEWS BEFORE I SPEND MONEY ON TRASH!
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 3
—David Matusz, age 60
Negative—Considering the hype associated with this movie and the number of people who will want to see it, I was surprised my the vulgarity of the film. …he has once again sunk to gutter humor. The worse part was the use of small children to shock the audience with the foul language… I for one will never attend a Will Ferrell movie again…
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 2
—Kyle, age 52
Negative—I shamefully will admit that I went to watch this movie with my boyfriend. I’m not a regular at movie theaters, nor do I watch movies a great deal. However, I did think to check the rating of this movie before I saw it. PG-13 didn’t look too bad. …After I watched the movie, I wanted to literally crawl in a hole. From the two little kids using the nasty language to the gay guys that they just had to put in the movie, it just didn’t do it for me. The thing that I hate the most is the fact that I did not walk out of the theater when they were sitting at the dinner table “praying.” I sat there and let them mock Christianity and did nothing about it. I would never recommend that movie to anyone. The movie and it’s rating has made me realize how sorry our standards …are in America. A PG-13 movie with gay guys, foul language (from mostly kids!), mockery of Christianity, but the thing most of all was the fact that GD was used TWICE! All of that in a PG-13 movie!!! It’s not worth it at all! Don’t waste your money nor your time.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 1
—Brittany, age 19
Negative—Great subject matter to base a comedy on. I’ve never been to a race, but do watch on TV fairly often. However, instead of clever comedy and even enjoyable slapstick, they took every cheap, offensive way to try to create laughs they could. I really did not enjoy the movie at all and did feel the movie mocked Christianity as much as it spoofed NASCAR. Overall, a poor movie.

Funny side note: Our Pastor presented a sermon on the the accessibility of Christ the evening after we saw the movie and one point of his was what is less threatening than a baby—God could have presented His Son in any way he chose, but he chose a baby. So I did laugh a little that Ricky Bobbie chose to only view Jesus in Baby form. Sad though, as the movie did with all things, they pushed it way beyond the limit and turned what could have been a funny bit into mockery.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 2
—Jesse, age 43
Negative—Definitely the funniest movie I’ve ever seen, but at some points this movie just turned my stomach. Honestly, I could have put up with the swearing from the kids (they learned their lesson in the end), the shambled prayer (they went too far with it, but in my book Jesus is Jesus), the sexual humor (most of it was legitimately funny) and the fact that Mrs. Bobby was proud of conceiving Ricky in a ladies room at a steakhouse, but the climax of this movie was Ricky Bobby and his rival kissing. All of the other examples weren’t portrayed as doing the right thing and seemed to be in there for the purpose of making that character look foolish, but this was seen as something he felt “obligated” to do. Amazingly funny, but they just crossed the line one time too many.
My Ratings: Offensive / 4
—TM, age 18
Negative—I could only sit through the first 20 minutes and then had to leave. I hate to see a move with children cursing and Christians being portrayed as idiots.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 3
—Judy Simpson, age 56
Negative—This movie was a huge disappointment. First of all, it was far too crude. Crudeness is to be expected from pretty much any movie these days, especially comedy, but I thought that the filmmakers would be talented enough to make a funny movie without relying so much on crudeness. That proved to be false. Second, the movie wasn’t nearly as funny as it should have been. Anchorman was far funnier. This movie, while having it’s moments of hilarity, was mostly dry and boring. What didn’t help, was that I had already scene many of the funny scenes about a million times each, because there were so many commercials on TV for it. Those pretty much killed the movie several weeks before it hit theaters. Any jokes that relied on crudeness for humor weren’t funny at all. All these factors combined resulted in only 10% of the movie actually being funny. With Will Ferrell starring, a budget of over million, and tons of hype and anticipation, this movie should have been way better.
My Ratings: Offensive / 2
—John, age 19
Negative—I agree with most all of the negative comments already stated. The folks I am most disappointed in are NASCAR and Nextel. I cannot believe they would have their good marketing names associated with such trash. I kept looking to see if the logos were misspelled or something, hoping it was just a look alike, but it was the “real thing.” It would have been so easy to make a good movie from this simple plot with out all the trash; it was un-called for. I am so glad I did not see the likeness of the Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, Michael Waltrip and so many more in this movie. I am going to assume these good Christian men did not want their characters severely tarnished by this trash for lack of a better word. For that, I am very proud of them. Just one more step to the desensitization of what is terribly wrong with our world. Rescue your children from this world or we will all pay the ultimate price. A world that has NO values or morals whatsoever. This will create anarchy.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 4
—Sam Kelly, age 47
Negative—My wife and I saw the first part of the movie tonight and walked out. As Christians, we felt it was time to leave.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
—Ward, age 40
Negative—I went in thinking I was going to watch a light-hearted movie about car racing. I was GREATLY disappointed and upset by the time the movie was over. The openness of the gay couple and Will kissing the French guy at the very end was utterly disgusting. The children’s language toward their grandfather was horrible. The sexual overtone of the movie was horrible. If I would have had children with me I would not have stayed through the whole movie. The reason I stayed and viewed the whole movie was so I could tell anyone with children the whole entire scoop of this movie. They are trying to desensitize us and our children that when they do slip something into our movies that really pushes the envelope we won’t even flinch!!!
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 2
—P Morales, age 50
Negative—I found this movie very offensive on several levels. Sure, it had a few funny moments, but for the most part, it was very offensive, I would NOT recommend this movie, not even to my un-believing friends (the storyline itself was lame). First, the Lord’s name was taken in vain. Fornication, greed, adultery and other such behaviors were represented by the “Christian” characters. Homosexuality was featured prominently in this movie, too (big surprise), complete with men kissing full mouth. This movie is not worth wasting your money on for a DVD rental, let alone seeing it in the theater (I wouldn’t even buy it from the bin at Best Buy). This movie had not ONE redeeming quality.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
—D, age 36
Negative—Me, my wife and my son went to see the movie. We watched the movie for about 15 minutes before we were very offended. It was one of a few movies we walked out of. The prayer at dinner was a total mockery to the Lord; it sickened my wife and I, and the behavior of the children towards the grand-father was very crude. It breaks my heart to see how filthy some movies can be. Don’t waste a nickel on this movie. Don’t even rent it when it comes out on DVD.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
—Joseph Shriver, age 48
Negative—Christians do not see this movie! Having said that, I want to say I am a big Will Ferrell fan, but he falls short on this film. I was excited to go see the movie with my wife, but sadly left the theater after it was over very disappointed and with remorse of grieving the Holy Spirit. If you are considering this movie, first pray then pray again see if God wants you to spend his money on it. There are some funny parts in the movie, but I cannot recommend this movie to my family in Christ. What I found offensive was the homosexual aspect of the movie. Unfortunately, the movie glorified the fact that Ricky Bobby’s nemesis was a gay man with a husband. The encore to that was Ricky Bobby kissed him at the end of the movie. In addition to that, Ricky Bobby prayed only to “baby Jesus.” The characters in the movie made issue of that in a long drawn out scene. Don’t waste your time or God’s money.
My Ratings: Offensive / 3
—Kirk Arnold, age 38
Negative—I was VERY disappointed with this movie. I took my 11 year old daughter and her friend, and, had they not been sitting near the top row in the theatre, I would have gathered them up and walked out. Some parts of the movie were funny, even very funny. However, MOST of the sexual situations and comedy could have been left out, and the movie still would have been really good. I was totally embarrassed to even be sitting there during the one scene near the end where Ricky Bobby is at Girards house, and they are walking hand in hand. The text of the script is not fit to even reprint in these comments!!! Don’t waste your money going to see it or to rent it.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
—Pamela, age 45
Negative—…almost got up and walked out of the movie. I had heard some awesome things about this movie. It even had its Southern Premier in our city of Knoxville. We sat through it though, and it did seem to get a little better. It is sad that they did not bring the good grandma in earlier. I wanted to lay those kids across my legs. Must be good acting though, but I couldn’t even imagine letting my kids play act and say these things. HORRIBLE!!! I would NOT recommend this to anyone. Go see something else that is good quality filmmaking like the new one with Mark Wahlberg or something. Save your time and save your money!
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 2
—Rebecca, age 33
Negative—…reading the box office results, I decided to see what all the hype was about. From the beginning, the movie had me laughing like crazy until we got to the saying grace to baby Jesus scene. This totally ruined it for me. I thought it was irreverent and extremely blasphemous. Then to make a bad experience worse, there was a kiss scene between Ricky Bobby and his gay NASCAR rival. Overall? its was a funny movie. Morally? Rent “Elf.”
My Ratings: Offensive / 5
—Orrin, age 28
Negative—This movie was so offensive! The homosexuality, a male kissing a male for over a minute. The main character made fun of God, he prayed, “Dear baby Jesus, in your little golden diaper…” The woman pulled up her shirt to show her bare breasts to the race car drivers. I took my 9 year old son and was so upset.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 1
—Jenny Witmer, age 46
Negative—This movie downgrades moral and human values. Values that are always needed in any society for decency and good standard of living. They showed children speaking very disrespectful to their grandfather—and parents did nothing about it. The homosexual envelope was pushed in this movie, and it was disgusting. They really did a great job downgrading the NASCAR fans and drivers. NASCAR is a famous and internationally known affair, unfortunately, a twisted image was depicted. A good humorous movie does not need to demote anyone or anything.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
—Emilio, age 40
Negative—I should have walked out of this movie! I regret that I did not. I feel that the blatant gay relationship of the French guy was beyond what I wanted to watch at the movies or anywhere else for that matter. Shame on Will for kissing this French guy and holding his hand. The two boys in this movie were not very well behaved either. I spent my hard earned money on this movie and feel that it was wasted. I was not informed of the Gay content in this movie beforehand. I knew that this movie was PG-13, but wow, does that mean you can’t have violence, but it’s okay to influence teens and younger with homosexual propaganda? This movie, even though a comedy, teaches no respect for elders, idolizes drunken behavior, adultery, coveting your neighbor, and references to illegal drug use among other things. I realize this was “just a movie,” but shame on Hollywood for representing a small number of the population (GAY) and making the majority pay for it with the hard earned dollars that were intended for entertainment, but was swamped with nasty men kissing each other. This movie could have deducted the gay and demoralizing behavior… This movie was not about family values; it was, however, about the world slowly but surely taking away the family values that God teaches us through his word.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 5
—Darryl H., age 34
Comments from young people
Negative—I found the movie to be funny at times, but at many points, the scenes that evoked the most laughter in the theater, were the scenes that were offensive to me, such as the exaggeratedly homosexual couple, descriptions of what characters saw “their Jesus” as, and the profound amount of profanity, especially from the two young sons of Ricky Bobby.
My Ratings: Offensive / 3
—Danielle, age 17
Negative—I don’t know why, but I was expecting a fairly clean comedy movie in “Talladega Nights”. My dad and I were excited about seeing this movie, and we were expecting to laugh like we had at few movies before. We actually did laugh at some points in the movie (most of our laughs came during some of the outtakes). But overall, this movie was disgusting, mocking, and disappointing. The makers could have made a decent, clean comedy, but they chose to make a movie with sexual jokes and “humor” galore (including homosexual kissing scenes that were supposed to make us laugh), a lot of profanity (much of which came from children), and worst of all a mocking Grace scene that features people give their false, mocking views of Jesus, children mocking their grandfather and using plenty of profanity, and an implied sex scene in front of everyone at the table after Grace is said. This movie has plenty of adult content, but it shouldn’t even be seen by adults because this movie will waste your time with a pointless movie that was supposed to be funny.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 2
—Ross, age 16
Negative—…a very crude, slapstick comedy. There were many inappropriate parts including several scenes with homosexuals. I walked out of the movie because it was so disturbing at times. Although there were a few times that I laughed during this movie, I would not recommend this movie to anyone.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 3
—Kristen, age 14
Negative—I went to see this movie with my parents because there were such good previews. We were… immediately disappointed with the prayer scene and the way the children behaved. They cussed and were disrespectful to their Grandfather who was trying to correct them. We couldn’t take it and left. Based on the comments of other viewers we are glad that we did.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 1
—Levi, age 9
Neutral—I’ll start off by saying that this is a very crude movie, ranging from language to sexual innuendo. There is also a scene where sex is implied and later stated that sex did in fact take place. But, I did enjoy this movie, and I even laughed through most of it. Also, about the “gay” scenes that people obviously found offensive, I’m sorry, but it was for humor. Andy Richter is not gay (that I know of), nor is Will, so I was not offended by the kissing at all. Overall, though I would not let anyone under 16 view the flick.
My Ratings: Offensive / 4
—Landon, age 17
Positive—This movie was really funny and Will Ferrell did a great job in this film. If you liked “Anchorman”, you probably would like this one. This movie is also cleaner than “Anchorman”. …
My Ratings: Average / 4
—Warren, age 14
Negative—Please don’t waste your money and time on this movie! The few funny parts are NOT worth it! There was a lot of cussing and just down right wrong things in this movie! I don’t recommend this movie to anyone, but especially not to anyone 13 or younger.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
—Stephanie, age 15
Positive—I thought this movie was hilarious. I only wish that I had the sense to rent it rather than see it in the theater, where I was unable to fast forward what I found offensive. It seems as though this site is lacking in us Southern hicks… Everyone loves to laugh at themselves every once in a while, and this painted a very humorous picture of the Southern dream. I was upset by the homosexuality, the language, and the sex. And I am extremely distraught that Will Ferrell thinks he needs to add in sex to make a good movie. It is pathetic that that is what sells movie tickets today. But when that movie comes out on DVD, thank goodness for Blockbuster and the fast forward button.
My Ratings: Very Offensive / 4
—Michelle, age 16
Negative—…Wow, what an offensive movie. I was very disappointed, my family and I went to see this thinking that it would be another one of Will Ferrell’s classic hilarious movies, boy we were wrong. This movie included terrible language including F-Word, nudity, and much more. I would not recommend this movie to anybody! Let’s just say the movie trailers don’t show any of the real things going on in this movie, sure they were funny, but the movie as one is not. Thumbs down again to Will Ferrell.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 4
—Ashton, age 13