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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 103 | Rotten: 35

Critics 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.

72%
Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 10

Critics 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 301,988

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Movie Info

America loves Dewey Cox! But behind the music is the up-and-down-and-up-again story of a musician whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 22 kids and 14 stepkids, stars in his own '70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to--and then kicks--every drug known to man. But despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good … More

Rating:
R (for sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Judd Apatow , Jake Kasdan
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 8, 2008
Box Office:
$18.3M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures/Columbia - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (103) | Rotten (35) | DVD (9)

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.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Walk Hard runs down quickly, and suffers further from having the wide-eyed and weightless Reilly as its star.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
New Yorker
Top Critic

Reilly is recklessly funny.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Cox rocks.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

Call me a cynic, call me a curmudgeon, call me perverse -- I loved every moment of Dewey Cox's story.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Walk Hard is the kind of movie that you want to love and not just like, but liking it is good enough.

Full Review… | December 26, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Like the drunk guy who squeezes your arm and tells the same joke over and over until you laugh, goddamn you, laugh!

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
CinePassion

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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2008
The Scorecard Review

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Watertown Daily Times

... starts out brilliantly playing with the tired tropes of musical biopics before utterly losing its way.

Full Review… | May 1, 2008

Awfully uneven, sometimes not funny at all, but John C. Reilly is so goofily sincere and Jake Kasdan and Judd Apatow include enough comedic gems to make it worthwhile.

Full Review… | April 23, 2008
Apollo Guide

Walk Hard brings the funny and a keen observational sense

Full Review… | April 17, 2008
Film Freak Central

fantastic fun

Full Review… | April 9, 2008

John C. Reilly does Dewey Cox as a hilarious stoner, beer gut middle-aged teen, with a touch of Imus. Move over, Britney Spears.

Full Review… | April 5, 2008
NewsBlaze

Como sátira às inúmeras e formulaicas cinebiografias de músicos célebres, o filme funciona maravilhosamente bem. Pena que recaia com tanta freqüência na paródia, que peca por um exagero que embaraçaria até mesmo o trio Zucker-Abraham-Zucker.

March 26, 2008
Cinema em Cena

a perfect storm of incompetent idiocy that might kill off mockumentaries altogether.

Full Review… | March 17, 2008

Who knew that Judd Apatow, the master of sex comedies, also spoke jive?

Full Review… | March 6, 2008
Washington City Paper

Walk Hard is not making a mockery of the music or the musicians. It only playfully takes the teases the filmmakers and the conventions that have developed in telling these tortured artists' stories. It's only Matinee price because it is occasionally a l

Full Review… | February 16, 2008

You'll laugh hard during "Walk Hard."

Full Review… | February 9, 2008
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

In many ways outrageous -- but not outrageous for long enough -- Walk Hard has tremendous appeal and entertainment value.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008
Urban Cinefile

This biopic rocks - well, the first half does.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Daily Mail [UK]

Another comedy winner; if you have to ask why, it's because it involves the Knocked Up guy. Hilarious - even the Beatles bit, this looks set to be a hit.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Total Film

The end of a golden run for Judd Apatow.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Daily Telegraph

Some laughs, but you expect more from Apatow.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Guardian

A dismal indulgence.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Times [UK]

Knocked up hurriedly, you feel, in between Apatow's other projects, Walk Hard is the feted writer-producer's first fumble. As Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel might have put it, this one only goes to two-and-a-half.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Film4

Audience Reviews for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

½

Couple laughs and a few chuckles. Music was pretty well done but overall just too predictable.

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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.

blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

The first rule when making a spoof/parody is that it has to be funny. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox story isn't particularly funny. It's clever, I get the jokes and noticed the references but most of them fall short of being funny and feel like wasted opportunities. It's not without its moments, I'll give it that but the far and few between funny scenes are overshadowed by the stupid, awful and unfunny scenes. It could and should have been a lot better considering the cast, writers and producers. It's still a masterpiece compared to the Date/Epic/Scary Movies though!

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Quotes


Darlene Madison: Ok. Let's go drop acid with the Beatles.
– Submitted by Jillian L (20 months ago)
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!
– Submitted by Jillian L (20 months ago)
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.
– Submitted by Jillian L (20 months ago)
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*.
– Submitted by Jillian L (20 months ago)
Paul McCartney: [To John Lennon] I'm sick of you being so dark when I'm so impish and whimsical! I'm sick of it!
– Submitted by Jillian L (20 months ago)
Edith: What about my dreams? Dewey Cox: Edith I told you I can't build your candy house! It will fall apart, the sun will melt the candy, it won't work!
– Submitted by Jillian L (20 months ago)

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