Starring: Gary Cole, Will Ferrell, Jane Lynch, John C. Reily, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amy Adams, Leslie Bibb
Racing and NASCAR ran in the blood of Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) whose estranged father was a race driver. Ricky too went on to become a world famous race car driver until a car crash put him out of the track. A famous French Formula 1 driver Jean Girard (Cohen) has recently entered NASCAR and is giving Ricky a tough time. In an attempt to get the better of Jean, Ricky crashes his car and gets hospitalised for a long time. The trauma of the crash sinks deep into his head and he is unable to drive fast anymore. 20 mph seems like 200 to him and streaking down the race track in his underwear yelling 'fire' when there isn't any, becomes a normal routine of his life. His long-lost father, Reece (Cole) comes back in his life and tries to help him overcome his fear and become the legendary driver that he used to be. The movie is a decent mix of adrenaline rushing sporting action as well as rib-tickling laughter, unfortunately, both, the adrenaline as well as the rib-tickling is quite weak. The climax scene didn't seem to have the kind of energy a racing scene should have and the comedy too was pretty normal and nothing that will want to make you watch the movie a second time. It's a decent entertainer but probably needs that missing component to really get it running.
Thumbs up: Good mix of sport and comedy
Thumbs down: Needs more spice