March 2, 2022

EP. 304.0 — Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Amy & Paul shift gears for 2006’s Will Ferrell NASCAR comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby! They trace director Adam McKay’s origins back to his Second City show Piñata Full of Bees, remember the mid 00’s era of French baddies and freedom fries, and make the case McKay has always been a political filmmaker. Plus: what do you get your grandma who just turned 80?

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