Talladega Nights Movie Review, Themes & Memes Ep29

On this episode, we take a serious look at a ridiculous film in 'Talladega Nights - The Ballad of Ricky Bobby' from 2006. Being the second instalment in Will Ferrell's 'Mediocre American Male' film trilogy, we deconstruct the ways in which this sub-genre of comedy mocks conservative American culture, most especially the presidency of George W. Bush and the mainstream conservative value system. We also look at the 'Sabido Method' of transposing social norms through screenplay, along with other tricks of stagecraft such as the use of comedic extremes, real-word references, and self-satirical product placement. 

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Topics discussed include: Talladega Nights, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Judd Apato, Adam McKay, 'Mediocre American Male', Comedic Actors, Genres of Comedy, Popular Culture, NASCAR, Anchorman, Deconstruction of Conservative Values, Contemporary Morality Play, Risque Humour, Conservatism, Right Wing Politics, Cultural Demographics, Christianity, George W. Bush, DuPont, DynCorp, Halliburton, Carlyle Group, KFC, McDonalds, Product Placement, Self-Satire, Sasha Baron Cohen, Perrier, France, LGBT, Sophistication, Character Archetypes, Frontrunner vs Underdog, Debasement,  Degeneracy, Gender Roles, Denigration of the Male, Juvenile Behaviour, Drugs, Homoeroticism, Sexually Inappropriate Themes, Profanity, Sabido Method, Breaking Down Prejudices, Changing Moral Values, Comedic Technique, Lack of Judgement, Identification with Archetypes, Stupidity, Comedic Extremes, Pushing the Envelope, Political Statements, Dialectics, Liberalism vs Conservatism, Toilet Humour, Subversive Impact of Comedies. 

 

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Relevant Links

Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly on ‘Talladega Nights

‘Funny or Die’ Comedy Group

Will Ferrell as George W. Bush

Sabido Methodolgy

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