Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
Critic Consensus: A parody that pokes fun at rock stars and reductive biopics alike, this comedy sings in large part because of stellar performances and clever original music.
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Critic Reviews for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
The one area where 'Walk Hard' does manage to hold its own against classics of the genre such as 'This is Spinal Tap' or 'Sweet and Lowdown' is the music, all of which is expertly written and performed.
The only gale-force laughter in later scenes comes when the hero meets the Beatles.
Like the drunk guy who squeezes your arm and tells the same joke over and over until you laugh, goddamn you, laugh!
The entire film has three repetitive jokes: Dewey cut his brother in half, Dewey can't smell, and he's going to take drugs. So it's kind of amazing how well the film works.
Throughout his entire acting career, John C. Reilly has always played second fiddle, and his choice in movies has never really allowed him to show off his comedic talents. That is, at least, until now.
Audience Reviews for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Couple laughs and a few chuckles. Music was pretty well done but overall just too predictable.
Eddie Vedder: If Elvis and Buddy Holly are the Cain and Abel of rock and roll, Bruce Springsteen is Zachariah, Iggy Pop is Methuselah, and, of course, Neil Young is the wise prophet Ezekiel, then what does that make Dewey Cox?
"Life made him tough. Love made him strong. Music made him hard."
I absolutely love Walk Hard, and I always have. I saw this on opening night and since then I've probably watched it at least 20 times. It's one of those movies my friends and I used to always watch when we got stoned and/or drunk. I still think it is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It's a perfect spoof of the musician biography film. We see references to Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Elvis, The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and countless more. This is a music lovers film.
We see the rise and fall and rise and fall of Dewey Cox from when he is a young boy and cut his brother in half to his final live appearance ever. In between he enjoys everything a rock star does. He gets into drugs and goes to rehab not once, but twice. He fucks every girl he can. He gets married and divorced twice. He has over thirty children. His life is a mess as he falls from stardom, but don't worry. Every fallen hero gets his chance at redemption and Dewey Cox is no different.
The humor on this one is mostly lowbrow stuff, but there is some smart comedy in it if you get the jokes. Judd Apatow writes an amazing script here using movies like Walk the Line and Ray as inspiration for mimicry. The use of stars throughout the film is hilarious. They present them in the exact way people perceive them to be. Ringo is always wanting to do LSD. Elvis is eccentric and full of himself. Buddy Holly is a real nice guy. This has its music history down pat. I especially loved the small glimpse of The Big Bopper doing a set.
From start to finish, this is a comedy I adore. The fact that I still laugh at 90% of this films jokes after numerous viewings goes to show just how funny the film is. I must say John C. Reilly is perfect in this role. I couldn't think of anyone who could have done it better or funnier. He's absolutely perfect.
John C. Reily never dissappoints when he's in a lead role. I loved Step Brothers and Cyrus, I have now found another Reilly favourite. One of the best musicals I have ever seen. Walk Hard has a clever original soundtrack, genuine belly laughs and manages to hold the illusion that the events actually happened in a true biopic style.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Quotes
|Darlene Madison:||Ok. Let's go drop acid with the Beatles.|
|George Harrison:||I just sit here while my guitar quietly whimpers.|
|Paul McCartney:||Well you are the quiet one so why don't you shut the fuck up!|
|Ringo Starr:||I've got a song about an octopus.|
|John Lennon:||Jam it up your ass. You're lucky we still let you play the drums!|
|Dewey Cox:||Edith, I am starting to think... that maybe you don't believe in me.|
|Edith:||I do believe in you. I just know you're gonna fail.|
|Paul McCartney:||We're nothing but... grains of sand.|
|Dewey Cox:||That was freakin' transcendental, Paul McCartney. Don't you agree, John Lennon?|
|John Lennon:||Yes, Dewey Cox. With meditation there's no limit to what we can... [glares at the camera] *imagine*.|
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