Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby vs. Robin Hood: Men in Tights



Both of these movies fall short for me. I get why a lot of people loved Robin Hood: Men In Tights - people love Mel Brooks and for many in my generation, RH:MIT was the first opportunity to actually see a Mel Brooks movie in the theater. Couple it with being one of Dave Chappelle's first major performances and the always charming Cary Elwes and everything falls into place. Personally, I disliked it for recycling so many classic Brooks jokes. It's kind of like getting annoyed when someone's favorite album is a greatest hits collection. Talladega Nights fell flat for me on a number of levels. I'm not a NASCAR fan, but I seriously doubt that my lack of understanding of the complexities of stock car racing took away from my enjoyment of the film. I think I just didn't go for the deliberate gags and slapstick of it all and Sacha Baron Cohen's performance was about the only thing I completely enjoyed. Again, I understand that people love Will Ferrell at his zaniest and this kind of humor - similar to the most physical of his comedy on Saturday Night Live just was never my cup of tea. I gave myself an education in motion picture comedy at the altar of Brooks, so I'll take Men In Tights - it just has a little bit more, even though it goes to the well maybe two or three times too often for the same jokes - the cast, especially Richard Lewis, just is too good to not award it the victory.