“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”

Will Ferrell returns in full form with his latest comedy “Talladega Nights,” his first starring role since last year’s “Bewitched,” and in it he gives the comedic performance that the audience has come to expect from him.

Ferrell stars as the NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby who is one of the sport’s top racers and has all of the perks that go along with it. His world is turned upside down though when a new racer, played by Sacha Baron Cohen of the “Da Ali G Show,” comes over from Europe to take his place at the top.

“Talladega Nights” goes through the predictable chain of events that we have come to expect from comedies as we see Ricky Bobby’s rise, fall and redemption in the sport of racing, with everything leading up to the climactic race between Ricky and his European counterpart. While there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments throughout “Talladega Nights,” one can’t help but get the feeling that a lot was left on the cutting room floor as there are a number of jokes that seem only halfway done . While not quite as good as some of Will Ferrell’s other movies, “Talladega Nights” is still a fun film that offers a bunch of laughs and does exactly what it’s supposed to, entertain us.