August 4, 2006, - 9:42 am

Weekend Box Office: Funniest Movie of the Year (“Ricky Bobby”) and Creepiest (“Night Listener”)

By Debbie Schlussel
This weekend at the box office:
* “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby“: Hands down, the funniest movie of the year. You’ll laugh your butt off. If you like Will Ferrell, you’ll love this one–which is, by far, his best display of silver screen silly fun. Much better than “Anchorman,” this is what summer movies are supposed to be about–funny, light, escapist, and a good time.
Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is the fictional NASCAR race-car driver with two first names. The movie is the hilarious story of his rise to NASCAR fame, fall from it, and comeback. It makes fun of NASCAR, NASCAR drivers, and NASCAR drivers’ wives and groupies, but not in a way that makes fun of Middle America (as snooty, sneering Hollywood often does). NASCAR fans, on the other hand, are not ridiculed. Done with the full cooperation of the real-life NASCAR.

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You gotta love a movie that makes relentless fun of the French. And this one does. Sacha Baron Cohen, of “Ali G” and “Borat” fame, plays gay French race car driver, Jean Girard. His exaggerated French accent is reminiscent of Peter Seller’s “Inspector Clouseau,” only far more hilarious.
Don’t leave when you think the movie is over. The hilarious out-takes are as funny as the rest of the movie and worth staying for.
We didn’t need the PC Halliburton dig, but other than that, the movie was very enjoyable. Because of sexual and bathroom-style jokes, it’s probably not for young kids. But it’s rated PG and suitable for young teens and up.
* “The Night Listener“: Easily the most bizarre, creepy movie of the year, this one was reminiscent of “Misery” (only not as good). Robin Williams plays a maudlin gay national radio host who falls for a book written by a tragic young boy dying of AIDS and the boy’s adopted mother. Or is there such a boy at all?
Although the in-your-face gay agenda of this movie was jarring and extremely annoying, it is redeeming because it shows the uber-gullibility of activists for left-wing causes and the ability of scam artists to easily exploit them. Frequently, the PC crowd is so naive and agenda-focused, all reason, instinct, and intuition goes out the window–as William’s character so blatantly displays.

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8 Responses

“Much better than “Anchorman,” “????
My darling Debbie, that is mighty high praise, indeed. When you are talking Anchorman, Old School, and Wedding Crashers, you are talking classics of the highest order in my DVD collection. I hope you are right.
You stay classy, Debbie Schlussel!

Jeff_W on August 4, 2006 at 10:58 am

Talladega Nights – The Ballad of Ricky Bobby….no thanks
I’m not watching Talladega Nights – The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
I can’t understand why any NASCAR fan, or conservative for that matter, would shell out their hard earned dough for this movie.
As a NASCAR fan, why would I pay to see some Hollywood ass insult me? Will Ferrell is mocking NASCAR and its fans.
As a conservative, I don’t support any project Will Ferrell is involved with. During the 04 elections, Ferrell was involved with ACT. ACT, which is now disbanded, was a left wing organization funded by George Soros and run by Clinton operatives. Soros dumped millions into this organization to put John Kerry in the White House. Ferrell not only was involved with ACT, but did some unfunny anti-Bush ads for them.
So NASCAR fans, if being portrayed as ignorant hicks by a left wing Hollywood actor is your cup of tea, by all means, go see this movie.
I’ll pass…
A blogger pal of mine and also a conservative NASCAR fan feels the same way.
A Worthy Alternative to the Movie “Talladega Nights”
Having a senior moment- Yesterday, I found a scathing review of “Talladega Nights” on a Conservative website and today I can’t remember where I read it.
Chris, at Lucky Dawg News, posts his thoughts on the subject. In this particular post, Chris was a little more reserved than the review I read yesterday.
Basically, Will Ferrell is a raging Lefty and the movie savages Conservative Christian southern men, those that make up the bulk of the NASCAR loyalists (along with their ladies). Yes, we know that behind every sterotype there is some truth, but there are ways of poking fun at people without slamming their faiths.
During the 2004 election cycle, Will Ferrell was involved with ACT (Americans Coming Together). From Chris’ post:
“…During the 04 elections, Ferrell was involved with ACT. ACT, which is now disbanded, was a left wing organization funded by George Soros and run by Clinton operatives. Soros dumped millions into this organization to put John Kerry in the White House. Ferrell not only was involved with ACT, but did some unfunny anti-Bush ads for them.”
This post on Lifelike Pundits has one of Missouri ACT’s campaign ads, falsely claiming Republican efforts to prevent voting by Black Americans. The Lifelike Pundits post also has some other gems of Leftist wisdom and maturity, including more on the Joe Lieberman in blackface ad pulled from Arianna Huffington’s blog. So in these ads, we really see the true feelings of many Lefties towards Black Americans that chose to go out on their own and have their own political viewpoints (contrary to those of the Democrat Party).
Anyway, the same Hollywood Lefties that regularly slam Christians generally don’t have the courage to do the same towards the Islamists, a philosophy that would put Hollywood (as we know it) out of business in a heartbeat (or however long it takes to detonate a bomb or slice a sword or other sharp object across the throat of a hostage).
So starting August 9, instead of spending your money on this questionable endeavor, send a donation to Victory Junction. Victory Junction is located in the Randleman, NC area and was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty and Paul Newman, in memory of Adam Petty. For those unfamiliar with the name, Adam Petty was Kyle Petty’s 19 year-old son, who was killed in a practice crash at New Hampshire Speedway on May 12, 2000. According to Kyle, the concept behind Victory Junction was Adam’s. Perhaps Adam saw racing a way to fund the start-up of such a camp for children with serious medical issues.
Victory Junction allows kids with chronic or life-threatening illnesses to enjoy the experience of camping out in a summer camp setting. Most of the campers are from the NC, SC, & VA area.
So send Hollywood a message, by funding Victory Junction, rather than those that spit upon the values of good, “salt of the Earth” people.
WOW! I HAD NO IDEA WILL FERRELL WAS INVOLVED WITH “AMERICA COMING TOGETHER,” WHICH I DETEST. THANKS FOR ENLIGHTENING ME. MAYBE I SHOULD RECONSIDER MY ENDORSEMENT OF HIS MOVIES. THE MOVIE, HOWEVER, DOES NOT MAKE FUN OF NASCAR FANS. IT MAKES FUN OF NASCAR, NASCAR TEAM OWNERS, AND NASCAR DRIVERS. AND IT MAKES FUN OF UNWED SINGLE MOTHERS, AS IT SHOULD. THAT *IS* CONSERVATIVE.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Lucky Dawg News on August 4, 2006 at 2:51 pm

Debbie, I guess you have to be a NASCAR fan to recognize to realize that Ferrell is ridiculing the fans as well.
And cocaine references, homosexuality, and mocking Jesus is not “conservative”. That’s not what NASCAR nation is about. We’re not knuckle dragging hicks either.
Jeff Gordon wouldn’t have anything to do with this movie. He said it put his team, sponsors and the sport in a bad light.
I’m tired of being an object of derision for left wing assholes like Ferrell. It’s bad enough that the media, NBC in particular, targets us with muslims dressed up like Lawrence of Arabia at the races.
Like I said, you have to be a part of NASCAR nation to understand that this movie is an insult. Most of us NASCAR dads are as upset with this movie as you probably were with what came out of Mel Gibson’s mouth.
NASCAR helping out with the making of this flick is just another slap in the face to its fans. NASCAR CEO Brian France is destroying this sport. Races are being outsourced to Mexico and soon Canada. The last race at Michigan, they played the Canadian national anthem on our soil. NASCAR has instituted goofy affirmative action programs to place a minority or a set of boobs into a Cup car. Their last affirmative action project, Bill Lester, comes in last, or near to it. France wants southern flags not be flown at the races. Races are being taken out of the south to places like New York City. Next year, they’ll be driving Toyotas.
This movie is icing on the cake on a long list of things NASCAR has done to crap on its base. Maybe that’s why its TV ratings are plummeting?
I compiled a list of reviews of this stinker movie on my thread. You might want to rethink giving the Debbie Schlussel thumb up to this piece of garbage.
http://luckydawgnews.com/blog/2006/08/talledega_nights_-_the_ballad_of_ricky_bobby_reviews.html

Lucky Dawg News on August 5, 2006 at 6:58 am

Debbie, I guess you have to be a NASCAR fan to recognize that Ferrell is ridiculing the fans as well.
And cocaine references, homosexuality, and mocking Jesus is not “conservative”. That’s not what NASCAR nation is about. We’re not knuckle dragging hicks either.
Jeff Gordon wouldn’t have anything to do with this movie. He said it put his team, sponsors and the sport in a bad light.
I’m tired of being an object of derision for left wing assholes like Ferrell. It’s bad enough that the media, NBC in particular, targets us with muslims dressed up like Lawrence of Arabia at the races.
Like I said, you have to be a part of NASCAR nation to understand that this movie is an insult. Most of us NASCAR dads are as upset with this movie as you probably were with what came out of Mel Gibson’s mouth.
NASCAR helping out with the making of this flick is just another slap in the face to its fans. NASCAR CEO Brian France is destroying this sport. Races are being outsourced to Mexico and soon Canada. The last race at Michigan, they played the Canadian national anthem on our soil. NASCAR has instituted goofy affirmative action programs to place a minority or a set of boobs into a Cup car. Their last affirmative action project, Bill Lester, comes in last, or near to it. France wants southern flags not be flown at the races. Races are being taken out of the south to places like New York City. Next year, they’ll be driving Toyotas.
This movie is icing on the cake on a long list of things NASCAR has done to crap on its base. Maybe that’s why its TV ratings are plummeting?
I compiled a list of reviews of this stinker movie on my thread. You might want to rethink giving the Debbie Schlussel thumb up to this piece of garbage.
http://luckydawgnews.com/blog/2006/08/talledega_nights_-_the_ballad_of_ricky_bobby_reviews.html

Lucky Dawg News on August 5, 2006 at 6:59 am

Debbie, you would tell me if you were being compensated in any way for the extemely high praise you seem to be heaping on these sure-to-be-drek movies, right? Feel free to respond to me privately.
I GET AND TAKE NO COMPENSATION FOR MY MOVIE REVIEWS. I CALL ‘EM AS I SEE ‘EM. “RICKY BOBBY” WAS VERY FUNNY. DIDN’T EXACTLY “HEAP EXTREMELY HIGH PRAISE” ON “THE NIGHT LISTENER.”
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

shleppy on August 5, 2006 at 3:12 pm

A good reason to toss Mel Gibson in the well is because he may have jeapordized my main man Sasha Cohen AKA Ali G/Borat and a definate classic titled,”THROW THE JEWS IN THE WELL”.

jaywilton on August 6, 2006 at 3:11 pm

RANDOM

BELIA on June 23, 2011 at 7:46 am

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