Talladega Nights is the story of a none-too-bright race-car driver named Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) and his none-too-bright best friend Cal (John C. Reilly). It's a pretty dumb and predictable movie, and the writing could have been much, much snappier, but it contained four elements that guaranteed I would enjoy it:
1. Will Ferrell
2. John C. Reilly
3. Mocking of French people
4. A reference to the Highlander movie
Also, it was playing at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome and it's hard to dislike anything playing in a Cinerama Dome. Except for that last Star Wars movie. It was easy to dislike that.
The chemistry between Ferrell and Reilly was so terrific that it made me want to see them together in more movies. And lo, the studios will deliver: both Ferrell and Reilly will play the lead roles in a movie called Step Brothers, due out next summer.
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