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Quick Review Of TALLADEGA NIGHTS!!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Quick review, so I’ll make this a quick intro. Here’s hoping I’ll get a chance to check this one out soon:

I have been a fan of your site such its inception and want to congratulate you and the staff on all your success and thank you for all the hard work you do to share your love of film with the rest of us “geeks.”

I was lucky enough to be invited to a private screening of “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (the latest Will Ferrell vehicle) and I must admit it is a great return to form for those who enjoyed Will ’s great comedic turns in “Old School” and “Anchorman.”

In short this film was wonderful mindless FUN. Do not go into the film expecting much of a plot as it is completely cookie-cutter (i.e. kid grows up to race car, man is top driver in the world and then it all comes crumbling down and he learns who he really is, and then truly wins..blah blah blah). This film is merely a platform for Will Ferrell’s brand of humor and pokes great fun at the NASCAR scene and America ’s fascination with it. Just sit back, turn your brain off, and enjoy Ferrell doing what he does best..and that is make his audience laugh…A LOT.

While watching it I couldn’t help but think of some of the early Adam Sandler films like “Billy Madison” and “Happy Gilmore” (two of my personal comedic favs) in some of the bizarre one-liners and odd characters that come out of nowhere.

Standout performances abound with Gary Cole (?) as Ricky Bobby’s degenerate pothead father and Ricky’s two kids, Walker and Texas Ranger. His buddy Cal (played by John C Reilly) is a great “Robin” to Will ’s “Batman” and has some great lines throughout the film, especially when telling Ricky about some things he did while Ricky is in a self-induced coma after his “accident.”

Ferrell seems to be channeling Burt Reynolds from “Cannonball Run” along with his impersonation of George W Bush from SNL and it comes off perfectly.

Ricky’s nemesis in the film is a bit paper thin however is the perfect foil for Red-Blooded All-American Ricky Bobby. He is an effeminate Frenchman with an incredibly thick French accent who is the exact opposite of everything you would expect from the beer drinking, Lynrd Skynrd listening, God fearing, Marlboro Man that the film ultimately parodies.

The end is predictable and somewhat underwhelming yet overall I would highly recommend this film to an audience that can laugh at itself and enjoy a funny film.

If you are one of the talkback douches who nitpicks every detail of a film because it wasn’t exactly what they had in their mind’s eye then you probably will leave the theater unsatisfied, but then don’t you do that with practically every film already?

If you use this please call me “Fred Garvin.”

Keep up the great work!

We’ve had a lot of Fred Garvins over the years, but I’ll use it again, since I’m all about the male prostitutes.

... errrrr... that may have come out wrong.

"Moriarty" out.





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  • July 18, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST

    is this anything like that will farrell movie?

    by moondoggy2u

  • July 18, 2006, 6:23 a.m. CST

    ahh--I see that it is

    by moondoggy2u

  • July 18, 2006, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Of course, by "will farrell" movie

    by moondoggy2u

    I mean the one where he's doing the "low voice with with false dignitiy" bit. You know, the one where he yells a lot?

  • July 18, 2006, 6:26 a.m. CST

    by DrRumpledink

    I'm stephen white and I'm a boobie lover!

  • July 18, 2006, 6:28 a.m. CST

    That constitutes a review nowadays?

    by Hell_Bender

    I've said everything.

  • July 18, 2006, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Seems Plantish?

    by flamingrunt

    Or at the very least just some dude whos read a bit about the movie and seen the trailer. If you guys cant post reviews that tell us more than whats already known via promotional material, then maybe dont bother posting it at all

  • July 18, 2006, 6:42 a.m. CST

    I'd rather watch 2hrs of the Jr.Bros. watchin' Nascar.

    by Shermdawg

    Best silent movie EVER!!!

  • July 18, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST

    I'd bet he's a plant

    by DAfRk3iN

    This seems a lot like the snakes on a plane review, which was obviously a plant, but a little less over the top.

  • July 18, 2006, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Why?

    by Dragulf

    Have you seen the trailer for this steaming pile of poo? Why do they pay Will to do the same thing over and over ad nauseum. He is no longer funny.

  • July 18, 2006, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Is he asking who Gary Cole is...

    by zacdilone

    ...or why Gary Cole took that part?

  • July 18, 2006, 7:26 a.m. CST

    I didn't care at all about this until recently...

    by Samuel Steamer

    I love Farrell but I thought this looked bad. The latest round of trailers along with this review (which puts things in perspective) have made me excited.

  • July 18, 2006, 7:32 a.m. CST

    a return to form for Will?

    by Barney Hood

    I didn't know he had been away...

  • July 18, 2006, 7:36 a.m. CST

    NASCAR wasn't in the Book of Revalations

    by Kentucky Colonel

    But it should have been.

  • July 18, 2006, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Moriarty and gay prostitutes

    by c4andmore

    don't you mean "come out the wrong end?" bah-dum-dum

  • July 18, 2006, 7:43 a.m. CST

    The plants have learned...

    by Sean38

    ...not to come off as too obviously plantish. So they pepper their positive with just enough mild criticism as to seem authentic. Plus, the not being sure whether or not it was Gary Cole playing Ferrel's father was a nice touch. Still, the discerning eye knows...PLANT CITY.

  • July 18, 2006, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Saw this yesterday

    by Shawn F.

    Harmless summertime fun. Ferrell and Reilly are great together. Instantly forgettable, but provides some solid laughs for the 100 minutes you're in the theater.

  • July 18, 2006, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Green & Leafy

    by DrKodos

    Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • July 18, 2006, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I kept telling myself . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . that this thing will brutally bash the NASCAR, red state, Bush crowd. But I know that it will end up being a mild comedy that they will end up loving. I want to laugh at it, not with it.

  • July 18, 2006, 8:11 a.m. CST

    crapola

    by Frank The Rabbit

    Will Ferrel sucks ass

  • July 18, 2006, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Plant the size of Swamp Thing

    by Hyperimaginative

    Exactly what part of that review dealt with anything other than the basic premise that we've seen in the trailers and commercials. Probably the work of one of those "geniuses" in the viral marketing business, or just someone who decided to read the synopsis at IMDB. Seeing WAY too much of this tomfoolery lately. For my part, I go with the reviews from the AICN crew (Harry, Moriarty, Herc, etc.).

  • July 18, 2006, 8:35 a.m. CST

    This critic's "fave" comedies are Sandler vehicles?

    by Lance Rock

    Yikes. Don't think your review can exactly inspire confidence in this movie.

  • July 18, 2006, 8:36 a.m. CST

    by HypeEndsHere

    aaaaaand i'm out.

  • July 18, 2006, 8:38 a.m. CST

    ...And besides, if this reviewer was a true "geek"...

    by Lance Rock

    He would've mentioned Sacha Baron Cohen by name as the villain. This is an obvious studio plant, Mori!

  • July 18, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Yeah, not excited...

    by DanielKurland

    I was a big fan of Anchorman, and the fact that McKay is behind this too is good, as well as the addition of John C. Reilly and Sascha Baron Cohen, but I really just have no interest in NASCAR. And I would have thought that basing the film around that wouldn't deter my interest that much, but it really has. That and those "uneducated accents".

  • July 18, 2006, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Reviewer is an Ent-sized forrest dweller...

    by brycemonkey

    Got to hack through the jungle to get a 'real' review round here... I'm getting tired of Will shouting at me, although it can be funny.

  • July 18, 2006, 9 a.m. CST

    As good as Anchorman?

    by Black Satin 2

    Are you kidding? Anchorman had not only Steve Carell but cameos from just about everybody who is making people laugh now. Jack Black, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, et al. Sure, Gary Cole is a great character actor but I would like to see Farrell stretch himself out a bit in terms of comedy and stop doing caricatures of character. He was lucky once, this feels like retread territory.

  • July 18, 2006, 9:05 a.m. CST

    This plant is larger than

    by Itchy

    that giant man eating thingy from Little Shop of Horrors. As for Ferrell, the dude is instant comedy, and I'll watch anything he does. If they could just team him up with Christopher Walken and Seth Rogen, the circle would be complete and they could cease making comedies.

  • July 18, 2006, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Talkback douches....

    by Wolvereen

    Hahaha, man that made me laugh out loud....

  • July 18, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Brilliant Trailers!

    by Aquatarkusman

    You see, he THOUGHT he was paralyzed, and PROVED his point by sticking a scalpel in his leg. But WHOOPS! He wasn't paralyzed after all, and then he starts SCREAMING. HOLY SHIT, I nearly wet myself! And then wet myself again when I think of how it rips off a far funnier scalpel-in-the-leg sketch from Young Frankenstein! // Seriously, though, if you see this movie, you are a bad, dumb person.

  • July 18, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Ladies and Gentlemen meet the New Dana Carvey

    by Superneal

    This guy was only funny on SNL. His movies blow. His next film is going to be Master of DIsguise 2

  • July 18, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Are you kidding me...

    by Go24Day5

    I can't stop watching the trailers, they are so funny. Walker and Texas Ranger? A knock off on the wheelchair basketball league? Dear Lord Baby Jesus? This will rank right below 40 Year Old Virgin, Old School and Anchorman, and Dumb and Dumber, but will still be worthy enough of a top 15 comedy!

  • July 18, 2006, 9:11 a.m. CST

    by hooray4zoidberg

    Ever notice that all these plant reviews contain a line like the following: "Ferrell seems to be channeling Burt Reynolds from

  • July 18, 2006, 9:33 a.m. CST

    If You Use This...

    by DrKodos

    Call me Mr Botany. What is it with all the plants using the same tag-line at the end of their pseudo-reviews? They need devleop a new formula to fool us more.

  • July 18, 2006, 9:42 a.m. CST

    oh man

    by Mechasheeva

    I can't wait to see this. Not because I love Will Ferrell (he's okay, but his schtick is getting old) but because I'll take every opportunity I can to make fun of nascar and the hicks who love it.

  • July 18, 2006, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Plantacolypse Now!

    by tripp5

    "the rest of us

  • July 18, 2006, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Plant, or No Plant...

    by Cheif Brody

    Will Ferrell HAS been away for quite a while...his cameos in Starsky & Hutch, The Wedding Crashers & The Producers not withstanding. Bewitched? Kicking & Screaming...Winter fricking Passing?!! UGH!! Give me my crazy, off the chain Will Ferrell back pronto!! I hope to God Talledega is Will's return to form. I have worn out my DVD of Old School to the point where his scenes no longer play anymore. Anchorman slowly grew on me, and now I quote that movie all the time. But If I want a crazy, 100 minutes of summertime laughs...I'll take Will Ferrell behind the wheel anyday. Him or Steve Carrell. But this "review" def sounds like it was written from the promos. But If this does turn out to be road kill...at least Old School 2 is in pre-production! Maybe Gary Cole(?) will make a cameo in that?

  • July 18, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Ricky

    by Engineer_at_peac

    Ok, that's hilarious. I'm sold.

  • July 18, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Lets not kid ourselves any further...

    by BendersShinyAss

    Wil Farrel is not funny. never has been and unless he starts doing anything other than just standing up on camera being wil farrel, never will be. There was NOTHING funny in old school, and any laughs in Anchorman were from the dude who is now making it big with things like 40 yro virgin and the office. Just once I'd like to watch one of these 'comedy's' and actually have a genuine laugh that came from the source of genuine talent. So this Plant reviewer tells me to go in and turn of my brain. Here's a better idea, I'll turn off my brain now and forget this film even exists.

  • July 18, 2006, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Talladega Hibiscus

    by El Cimarron

    this flick looks so unfunny

  • July 18, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Will Ferrell?

    by Billyeveryteen

    Pass.

  • July 18, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    you love his movies

    by durhay

    you want to motorboat them.

  • July 18, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST

    "Just sit back, turn your brain off..."

    by KarmicRelief

    Isn't that what NASCAR fans do every Sunday?

  • July 18, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Niggas Please

    by BatCountry

    Are you all going to really sit there acting all high and mighty like Will Ferrell is beneath you? You know, you don't have to shit on EVEYTHING to prove that you are movie coinsurers. My movie tastes are pretty snobish as well, but if you can't laugh at Ferrell, there is somehting wrong with you. And say what you want about Sandler at this point, but you all know you were quoting the shit out of Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore back in the day.

  • July 18, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Oh and Bender...

    by BatCountry

    Maybe you want to turn your brain back on and learn how to spell "comedies." Way to make it possessive too.

  • July 18, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    BatCountry

    by robrob1203

    Maybe you want to learn how to spell such words as "connoisseur" or "something" or "snobbish" Just an idea...

  • July 18, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    OK, first of all

    by decypher44

    This is a PLANT. Second, not all NASCAR fans are drooling mouth-breathers listening to the Deliverance soundtrack. Third, this movie looks like it will be a lot of fun.

  • July 18, 2006, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Robrob

    by BatCountry

    Touche' pussycat.

  • July 18, 2006, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Nice try, my little plant

    by Thorfin

    "If you are... because it wasn

  • July 18, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    DeCypher: Say what you want about Nascar...

    by brycemonkey

    or movies or Will Ferrell. But you leave 'Dueling Banjos' alone!!! ;-)

  • July 18, 2006, 10:59 a.m. CST

    BatCountry can't spell for shit, but he's got a point

    by OurManInMontr

    Being smart AND pompous is overrated. Bunch of fucking wannabes.

  • July 18, 2006, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Why thank you Montreal

    by BatCountry

    Would you beleive I have a degree in journalism studies and a minor in english? Sad I know. I still stand by my typographical misspelling rant however.

  • July 18, 2006, 11:13 a.m. CST

    by foreignerbelt

    Ricky Bobby is not a thinker.

  • July 18, 2006, 11:13 a.m. CST

    batcountry

    by DrKodos

    It is not a matter or being high and mighty, it is a matter of it being painfully unfunny, telegraphing obvious jokes, and using the most sophmorically banal slapstick antics that have been unfunny for years. If you truly possess the University degrees you claim and would waste your time on this dreck, I suspect the institute that issued your certificates will soon be asking for their return.

  • July 18, 2006, 11:13 a.m. CST

    by foreignerbelt

    Ricky Bobby is a driver.

  • July 18, 2006, 11:17 a.m. CST

    by foreignerbelt

    DrKodos is an asshole. dude I went to a college that has never once fallen out of the top five and I think Will Ferrel movies are hilarious. and I guarantee I'm smarter than you. this movie looks hilarious. just looking at Will Ferrel makes me laugh.

  • July 18, 2006, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Ferrell hasn't been funny since Old School

    by Trazadone

    He's just recycling the same bit over and over. Also, isn't NASCAR only enjoyed in the South by idiots?

  • July 18, 2006, 11:19 a.m. CST

    foreignbelt

    by DrKodos

    Put down the glue bottle, boy.

  • July 18, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Tell me more...

    by mbeemer

    ... about the "smokin' hot wife" I've seen in the commercial. "Dang!" "OW!!!"

  • July 18, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Plant

    by Doc_McCoy

    Saw this movie. It's about 25% as funny as Anchorman.

  • July 18, 2006, 11:40 a.m. CST

    "It's about 25% as funny as Anchorman"

    by Trazadone

    and Anchorman sucked. Man I'm staying away from this possible future Netflix rental.

  • July 18, 2006, 12:03 p.m. CST

    The smokin' hot wife is played by Leslie Bibb . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . check out the cover of the new "Stuff" magazine.

  • July 18, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    DrKodos

    by BatCountry

    I suppose everyone's taste in humor differs. I just feel sorry for people who can't watch some asinie shit and have a good time with it. With that said, there is a line however, I mean shit like Little Man and Without a Paddle, I agree is gar-bage. I guess I'm just s sucker for that SNL/Wilsons/Vaughn/Stiller/Black stuff. Some of it is shit, you're right, but when it's clicking boy, watch out. And yes, not that I have to prove myself, or am trying to sound pompous, but I do have those degrees, and in fact worked as a newspaper reporter and music/movie reviewer for five years. I currently work in polling and market research.

  • July 18, 2006, 12:30 p.m. CST

    BatCountry

    by DrKodos

    I believe you. And I appreciate the nuance you added in that last post. Please realize I was just janking you a bit? Teasing, I believe it is called? As for mindless summer fare, I enjoy some of it (Pirates ot C comes to mind), but this one just looks recycled with no new ground and seems like it would have been a great and very funny 7 minute skit. I happen to enjoy Ferrel, but I think he is getting quite lazy in his script selections. The underwear scenes are getting a bit long in the tooth. I have small kids, and they LOVE laughing at the same joke OVER & Over & Over & Over & Over. That is what this reminds me of; Laughter in the safety zone for people that like knowing exactly what the punchline will be. When will Ferrel break this simplistic mold and do his own "Truman"?

  • July 18, 2006, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Ferrell is kinda impersonating, Pres Bush in this Film

    by Orionsangels

    Which already makes it funny.

  • July 18, 2006, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Will Open Big

    by DrKodos

    This will do big Box, no doubt, but will not have long legs. The public will love it, but it will be panned. At the very least it looks better than that crapfest about paintball.

  • July 18, 2006, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Plant?

    by DeadPanWalking

    Low level producer to intern: "Okay, be sure to mention that this is a *return* to the *good* will ferrel (i.e. old school, etc.) Also mention early adam sandler (esp. billy madison). Mention Gary Cole's name (I think he has a cult following or something). Talk about Sacha Coen's part, prepare them to be disappointed but point out aspects of the character that will appeal to red state demo (wait, is this going on aicn? probably not a lot of red state demo there, but fuck it, they'll pick up the meaning.) Pepper the review with common typo's and whatnot and give it an 18-34 voice and tone. Oh, add a bit at the end addressing the 'haters' (If you are one of the talkback douches who nitpicks every detail of a film because it wasn

  • July 18, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I loved anchorman

    by Novaman5000

    It was so ridiculous but made me laugh pretty consistently. The new trailer for TN makes it seem to be similar to that film so I'm in.

  • July 18, 2006, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Mits, there's nothing particularly

    by Novaman5000

    controversial, crazy or entertaining about that blog. As for political commentary, I must have missed that, too. Was it the part where you told Americans to slow down on the baby-making?

  • July 18, 2006, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Dr.Kodos

    by BatCountry

    "...and you must be Johnny Ringo. What do you think darlin? Should I hate him?" "You don't even know him Doc." "No, I'm sure of it, I hate him." ;)

  • July 18, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Seriously though

    by BatCountry

    I actually agree with you about Ferrell. I guess I just want him to put out something good so bad, that I get blinded by his meager offerings. I am holding out hope for Ricky Bobby though. As far as I'm concerned he gets an eternal pass based on Anchorman alone.

  • July 18, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST

    what do you call a plant with a brown nose?

    by BlankGeneration

    Fred Garvin. And brown-nosing is familiar territory for a male pro.

  • July 18, 2006, 1:45 p.m. CST

    People who didn't find Anchorman funny really need to

    by modlight

    revisit it. Its got to be one of the funniest movies to come out in the last 20 years. How Napolean Dynamite became the cult hit of those two I'll never know.

  • July 18, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Wait, wait...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Anchorman was funny?

  • July 18, 2006, 2:30 p.m. CST

    "Its sooo hot...Milk was a bad choice"

    by tripp5

    yes, anchorman was funny. get your head out of your ass.

  • July 18, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    will ferrell needs to make

    by JudgeNXcutioner

    that cheerleader movie with cheri oteri. It will be the bomb, word.

  • July 18, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    will ferrell needs to make

    by JudgeNXcutioner

    that cheerleader movie with cheri oteri. It will be the bomb, word.

  • July 18, 2006, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I wrote the "review" and I'm not a plant..SPOILER ALERT

    by fredgarvin

    I sent Mori my "mini review" (i.e. quick impression) of this film after getting a chance to watch it last night with 80 other people at our local theater in Tennessee. Sorry to disappoint however I'm not a plant..I just enjoyed the film for what it is. which is mindless comedy intended to make an audience laugh. I intentionally did not go into alot of the "spoilers" of the film because: a) I wrote this in roughly 5 minutes and b)I didn't want to steal the thunder of you enjoying the funny moments of the film while watching it in the theater. I enjoy Will Ferrell

  • July 18, 2006, 5:34 p.m. CST

    guy that plays borat

    by mr suave

    why can't you mention borat's real name? afraid of some contract breaching? huh? huh? huh? or you just dont know who the guy is? you cute little plant you.

  • July 18, 2006, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Then you should be embarassed

    by DrKodos

    And never post again because your review was horrible. It was not a review, whatsoever. I am sure your HS teacher told you your writing was good, but it is not. It is really dreadful and painful to wade through. Nikkah please. You ain't fooling anyone, sweatheart. I would re-analyze and go with being a plant because the alternative makes you look even worse.

  • July 18, 2006, 6:13 p.m. CST

    You mean to tell me...

    by QuinnTheEskimo

    That as a reader of this site you aren't used to very poorly written reviews? Have you ever read one of Harry's?

  • July 18, 2006, 6:47 p.m. CST

    I Avoid Them

    by DrKodos

    I made the mistake of reading one a few years ago and I am still going through the recovery process. My doctors tell me my retinas will recover eventually, but the lost grey matter is gone forever.

  • July 18, 2006, 7:11 p.m. CST

    DrKodos..Look forward to your reviews

    by fredgarvinmp

    I can appreciate some ball busting but dude are you serious? When you take a break from your job with NASA we lowly morons need to read something from you. Our lives need to be enriched by your prose as a person who is so clearly our intellectual superior. I thank you in advance for writing something that will make all of us want to reach for the stars and live lives full of meaning and purpose. :)

  • July 18, 2006, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Take a Deep Breath

    by DrKodos

    Hold it.

  • July 18, 2006, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Yes I am Serious

    by DrKodos

    Your review was terrible. Please, let the professionals handle it. I rarely feel the need to post, but your absolute train wreck of a review forced my hand. Reviews, in general, are the domain of small minded people that need show off their limited skills of recognition. I do not review, I create. Those who can, do. Those who can't, review.

  • July 18, 2006, 7:26 p.m. CST

    LOL

    by fredgarvinmp

    You like the smell of your own farts don't you? I have to get back to my life now...

  • July 18, 2006, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I Could Bottle Them

    by DrKodos

    And sell them to myself and make a million dollars. Each of those precious bottles would hold more value than your review. Please read through this talkback. See any people taking your side, arguing that the review was good, or even real? When you decide you would like trying to live in the real world let me know and I will forward the name of a decent Real Esate agent to help you find a suitable place to dwell. Until then don't give up that fantasy you have. It is deliciously funny to bear witness to.

  • July 18, 2006, 8:16 p.m. CST

    wait... so his kids are named what again?

    by chiahead

    I think I missed it. Did fredgarvin tell us what Ricky's kids' names were? Kidding. Personally, I don't so much think of Will Ferrel as a great comedian as I do think he's an excellent actor. By that I mean in his SNL days he was famous for never breaking during a sketch- and I attribute this ability to not only being a great listener but also a committed performer. What made me laugh so much was that he was always REacting like the character he was portraying and never doing the Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz thing. Those guys I think are funny too, but in a "laugh with them" kind of way. Literally. In any event, someone once said that he's our generation's Chevy Chase. I sort of agree. Without a cultural context, a temperal point of reference all the movies he does seem completely irrelevant. Obviously there are exceptions to the rule (with both) but I think it speaks volumes that Chevy Chase hasn't really done any groundbreakingly funny movies since he was young(er). Like... okay, get ready to skewer me here- Steve Martin, despite being in dreadfully unfunny movies as of late, is still funny IN them. His physical comedy is still textbook funny, if not the context that sets them up. But I look at Chevy Chase in like... Modern Problems or even Trhee Amigos (which is one of my favorite movies) and I think "My god, I used to think he was funny?" Which isn't to say that it was never funny, but just that it isn't funny NOW. Anyawys this post is about nothing except me showing off those degrees that BatCountry claims to have but we all know really doesn't. (Just kidding BatCountry...)

  • July 18, 2006, 8:50 p.m. CST

    by foreignerbelt

    see I told you DrKodos was an asshole

  • July 18, 2006, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Try Living Without One

    by DrKodos

    Without an asshole, one is merely full of shit. Like yourself.

  • July 18, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    by The Ender

  • July 18, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Holy Studio Plant........

    by The Ender

    Batman!!

  • July 18, 2006, 9:30 p.m. CST

    tell me one funny scene in 'old school'

    by BendersShinyAss

    just one. I know there were a couple giggles in Anchorman, for that films failings, but where were there ANY laughs or giggles in 'Old school'?

  • July 18, 2006, 9:46 p.m. CST

    you guys are hilarious

    by Darth Kal-El

    you call the dude a plant and he comes in here in defends himself and the plant claim so you attack his writing/STILL think hes a plant.

  • July 18, 2006, 10:13 p.m. CST

    "Alcoholics are the wisest people..."

    by The Dum Guy

    "Remember that the next time you are in a bar." And TalkBackers are the greatest critics of cinema, just look at how many of them smarter than any film maker living today.

  • July 18, 2006, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Potting the Plant

    by DrKodos

    A plant that wished to remain a plant would naturally defend their positiion in just the fashion this person did. Hehehehehehehe There is no way to win. On the intrawebs there are only particpants or losers. Those trying to win will invariably be losers. Particpation is the only sagacious choice. Now excuse me while I whip up a fresh batch of Miracle Grow.

  • July 19, 2006, 1:19 a.m. CST

    3 reasons I will not see this flick...

    by andrew coleman

    1) Nascar is for assholes who waste life 2) President Bush told the press they should see the movie, and I am sure not listening to him 3) The trailers look awful. Anchorman was great for two reason that quote from above "Milk was a horrible choice in beverage" and the bear fight.

  • July 19, 2006, 4:36 a.m. CST

    I laughed @ the trailer.....

    by Kenny8

    looks nearly as funny as "Days Of Thunder" but more believeable

  • July 19, 2006, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Please

    by Fat Beach Bum

    Let this be as good as the trailer looks. I hope they didn't shove all the good stuff into the trailer.

  • July 19, 2006, 9:17 a.m. CST

    NASCAR?

    by Billyeveryteen

    Pass.

  • July 19, 2006, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I can't believe what I'm reading

    by BatCountry

    First of all, this movie is a parody of NASCAR. Hello! He's making fun of it! So for all of you who keep saying "NASCAR pass" and "NASCAR is for hicks," you might actually enjoy it. Second, I am dumbfounded that there is so much hate against Anchorman in here. Did we watch the same movie? That has to be one of the best ALL-TIME comedies EVER. Seriously. (And the bear fight was the worst part!) I don't think Old School was on the same level, but if you didn't at least smile one time during that movie, there is something seriously wrong with you. Christ, I feel like I've stepped into a parallel universe or something.

  • July 19, 2006, noon CST

    A nitpicking douche?

    by timgonmad

    You can't call me that because I'm not nitpicking on this (probably) craptacular Ferrell film. I'm nitpicking your hair-brained review. From what I can tell you apparantly think that BECAUSE this film has not "much of a plot as it is completely cookie-cutter" that it should be recommended. "The end is predictable and somewhat underwhelming yet overall I would highly recommend this film." WTF? We should check this one out because it is poorly executed and based on a flimsy story?

  • July 20, 2006, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Stroker Ace...

    by Ed Okin

    ...was born to race, he had a mean streak three feet wide... apparently Ferrell was so obsessed with Smokey and the bandit he went to work at SNL for a year dressed as Jerry Reed's character. ca.geocities.com/cannonballrunpitstop

  • July 20, 2006, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Hey another Ferrell movie I will never see...

    by ComputerGuy68

    last character that I didn't hate was Mustafa from 1997. After he fucked up Jay and Silent Bob Stike Back, I avoid him like the plague