The brilliant comedy TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY, is a sidesplitting series of slapstick pratfalls and over-the-top accents Will Ferrell Ricky Bobby, a figure who is at once laughably ridiculous, infuriating, and loveable. Ricky Bobby, with his bleached-blond wife, cute sons Walker and Texas Ranger, and dim-bulb sidekick Cal (award-winning actor John C. Reilly, flexing his considerable comedic muscle), has got it made. He is NASCAR's most popular driver, and nearly every aspect of his life is endorsed by a recognizable product. Yet his racetrack kingdom is not unshakeable: two formidable opponents, his unpleasable father, Reese (Gary Cole), and a flashy new opponent, the openly gay French import Jean (played by Sasha Baron Cohen), threaten to hijack his crown and expose his vulnerabilities. Though many of the jokes are easy laughs, the script is nuanced and intelligent, lending its characters much more sympathy and complexity than dumber comedies are want to do.