Friday, August 11, 2006

TALLADEGA NIGHTS

Here's a piece of advice for you. If you see a trailer for any movie that says it's from the same people who brought you Anchorman and The 40 Year Old Virgin, see the movie. You'll laugh your guts out.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is more evidence that NASCAR is taking over the world. I really think that the reason NASCAR has gotten so big has a lot to do with FOX and the way it covers racing, I really do. Their Sunday telecasts of NASCAR have given all the football fans something to watch in the off-season, that's why NASCAR has become so popular! FOX treats NASCAR the way they treat the NFL: with respect. So that's why that sport has grown in recent years.

Plus, the racing is excellent. You never know who will win each week. NASCAR is basically the NFL of auto racing. Now you see big-time movies about the sport starring the likes of Will Ferrell.

The funniest scenes in this movie involved that gay Formula 1 racer Girard who ran in that Perrier-sponsored car of his. Brilliant. That character represented all of the things that NASCAR is not. NASCAR has this big reputation as the place for God-fearing, red-blooded-American good old boys who eat at Applebee's all the time. Yet here's this gay Euro from France of all places, a country in deep doo-dah with Americans at the moment (what with "freedom fries" and all that), coming in and messing this atmosphere right up.

You know what's really hilarious? These F1 drivers really are coming to a NASCAR track near you next year! This is no joke. Juan Pablo Montoya has already quit F1 and will be joining NASCAR next year. And just this week our own local Frenchman, Jacques Villeneuve, was given the boot by his losing and fed-up BMW-Sauber racing team. This, after Jenson Button topped the podium in Hungary on behalf of Villeneuve's former BAR team! So that's double-humiliation in my book. Villeneuve's F1 career has gone completely head-first into the toilet. He's FINISHED!

So Villeneuve is going to NASCAR as well. Next year we're likely going to see two former F1 stars- two guys who had their fair share of success over there, might I add- racing at places like Daytona, Charlotte, Talladega- you name it. It's going to be odd to see these jet-setting international playboys going boogity-boogity with these flag-waving Americans, but it's more proof that NASCAR is an attractive destination for a lot of drivers these days. It's more proof that it is the hot racing circuit right now.

At least Villeneuve isn't gay; you see all these photos of him at the beach with hot bikini-clad women all the time, so the folks at NASCAR won't completely have a cow over this latest development. He may have to start reading the Bible, though. Or start listening to country and western music. NASCAR will take some getting used to.

1 comment:

Reel Fanatic said...

I think you liked this one more than me, but I agree that Sasha Baron Cohen just stole every minute he was in this one