“Talladega Nights, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”
I am having a very hard time with this assignment, because I usually watch comedies and my characters are never serious, I can’t relate with “Ace Ventura” and I certainly can’t evaluate such a blatantly ridiculous character. I like movies that make me laugh and help me escape at the end of my day. That is the reason I love sitcoms and always look forward to watching “Spartacus, Gods of The Arena” with my Husband on Fridays.
I rarely watch anything serious, and if I were to evaluate a character I would want them to at least have a life and not something outlandish, like a “Pet Detective”. So, with that being said, one of my favorite movies is” Talladega Nights, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”. Of the five basic traits: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism, I see Ricky bounce between the five throughout the movie. In the beginning we see him as a child who hasn’t seen his father in 10 years, he is naïve and soaks up his fathers’ school speech like a sponge “If you’re not first, you’re last.” Then we see him about 25 years later as an adult, who is clearly not the brightest crayon in the box, but is very open to spontaneity, as he goes from being part of the pit crew to one of the best racers in NASCAR overnight. Clearly, this makes him partial to Openness.
Although in the midst of the movie we see him as an Extroverted egotistical over paid race car driver, his confidence is put on hold after an unforeseen accident on the track puts him into shock and he is suddenly unable to race, having an unfortunate fear of speed. When this occurs, a new driver has come from France to steal Ricky’s fame, which he successfully begins to do without a hitch.
Suddenly Ricky’s life is turned upside down. His wife decides to divorce him and marry his best friend Cal, leaving Ricky and his two boys (Walker and Texas Ranger) to move in with his Mother. At this time we see Ricky’s extroversion...
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