Spoiling Talladega Nights

Slate’s “post-view” of Will Ferrell’s latest.

Click here * to listen to Slate’s Spoiler Special about Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, or click here to subscribe to the Spoiler Special podcast in iTunes.

Will Ferrell meets NASCAR. No doubt the pitch was that simple, and the appeal of the pairing was a no-brainer. Over the weekend, audiences agreed. Talladega Nightstopped the box office with $47 million in ticket sales.

Which means there are lots of people out there who’ve seen the movie and can now enjoy Slate’sSpoiler Special about Talladega. Our movie critic Dana Stevens is joined by Slate’s resident NASCAR aficionados, Josh Levin and Seth Stevenson, to dissect the film. Among the topics they discuss: the massive amount of product placement, the treatment of homosexuality, and a couple of star cameos.


Click here to play or download the Talladegaspoiler.

Remember, these spoilers give away key plot points and details about the endings, so only listen if you’ve seen the movie or if you don’t care about knowing such details in advance.

And in case you missed them, here are links to our six previous Spoiler Specials:

Miami Vice

Lady in the Water

My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

The Devil Wears Prada

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