Talladega Nights: 7 Hilarious Ricky Bobby Scenes That Will Make Us Laugh

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is more than 16 years old, which is just mind boggling considering it doesn’t feel that old. Sure, some of the jokes are dated, and Will Ferrell’s schtick got a little tiresome a while back, but the movie still tickles the funny bone and provides a simple, light-hearted piece of entertainment.

So just to drive home the point, here are the funniest scenes in it Talladega Nights it will last today!

Knife in the leg

For the uninitiated, the plot of Talladega Nights revolves around racing driver Ricky Bobby who endures a Days of Thunder-like wreck midway through the movie that leaves him paralyzed. Well, actually he’s not paralyzed, he just thinks he is, which leads to this:

Glenn is dead

During the climactic race, Ricky Bobby’s crew informs him that Glenn, one of their employees, tragically died the night before, but only after wishing for a win. Of course, Glenn jumps around the corner and ruins the ruse, which was designed to give Ricky Bobby extra motivation to drive harder.

I’m On Fire

Marketing blitz behind Talladega Nights leaned heavily on the film’s signature image: Will Ferrell running around a racetrack in his underpants, screaming for help from Tom Cruise. Not only was this a huge trailer-sticker, but the moment also brought the house down on opening night.

Cougar in the car

To regain his confidence, Ricky Bobby must learn to drive with a cougar in his car. The bit is completely outlandish, but the fact that Ferrell plays the scene so matter-of-factly is what really sells the comedy.

I like crepes

Sacha Baron Cohen only has a handful of scenes as Ricky Bobby’s French nemesis Jean Girard, but he steals every moment thanks to his ridiculous accent and exaggerated persona. That his male lover is a dog trainer played by Andy Richter is just icing on the cake.

Still, Cohen’s best bit is his introduction, where he pins down Ricky Bobby and gives him a very difficult ultimatum involving crepes and a broken arm.

Cal calls Ricky Bobby

After the debilitating crash, Ricky Bobby’s world turns upside down. He loses his car, his money and has to watch his wife run off with his best friend, Cal. Cal, of course, has a hard time understanding the gravity of the situation and insists on remaining friends with Ricky Bobby, leading to this humorous telephone exchange.

The Grand finale

Finally, one of the film’s best bits occurs during the final race, when Ricky Bobby and Jean Girard wreck, get out of their vehicles and sprint to the finish line amid Pat Benatar’s “We Belong” before locking lips as a show of good sportsmanship . It’s a crazy, over the top ending that still works all these years later.

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