I can admit that I like Will Ferrel. He’s funny, and isn’t afraid to do anything to get a laugh. I find that kind of refreshing. Will was fantastic on SNL, and made me laugh in Anchorman and Old School. I was actually impressed by his acting in Stranger Than Fiction – a weirdly narrated story that pits writer against character.
If Kirsten Dunst has a no bra contract, then Ferrel must have some ‘run around in my underwear’ contract. He does it again here, praying to a variety of gods.
Ricky Bobby is in a word a loser. His whole life is based on a drunken rant from his dead-beat dad given at a parent-student day at Ricky’s school. ‘If you’re not first, you’re last’ has become Ricky’s mantra. All his life he wants to go fast. And after a silly accident on the Nascar track, Ricky gets his chance. He’s a natural racer, and the wins come right away. Fame and fortune come to Ricky, and they are just as quickly gone.
After losing his wife and family, riches, rankings and feeling in his legs, he needs to find his mojo again. After many humourous scenes involving blindfolds, drugs, cougars and his dad, Ricky gets back into the groove.
A funny film. Don’t go looking for anything you wouldn’t expect in a Ferrel film, and you won’t be disappointed.