Car movie of the day: ‘Talladega Nights’

Who said car movies have to be all action and few laughs?

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Driver Terry Cheveaux was in last place when he took a bathroom break. He came back to find a member of his pit crew, Ricky Bobby, driving his car to a third-place finish.

But Talladega Nights is not the story of Bobby’s racing glory — at least at first. After winning multiple championships, Bobby loses his star racing spot (and wife) to rival driver Jean Girard.

Ricky Bobby was born to race. But his fortune takes a turn for the worse in Talladega Nights. | Columbia Pictures

Ricky Bobby was born to race. But his fortune takes a turn for the worse in Talladega Nights. | Columbia Pictures

Bobby slides downhill hilariously fast. When he hits rock bottom, he’s delivering pizza by bike and doesn’t even have a driver’s license. That’s when his estranged father, Reese, steps in to reinvigorate Bobby’s career.

Of course, hijinks happen. It’s funny. And Bobby again reaches the pinnacle of racing.

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  • Norman Spirit
    December 22, 2018, 1:25 PM

    One word: unwatchable.

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