Dewey Cox: I have a lot of pain in me.
Darlene: Where does all that pain come from, Dewey?
Dewey Cox: I cut my brother in half with a machete.
Darlene: [shocked] What?
Dewey Cox: Nothin', nothin'. Let's get some food, come on.
This is the true to life biography of musical rock legend Dewey Cox. We see all the various chapters including his early life tragedies, building success, turns to drug use, his wives, his kids, his exotic pets, and his music, which he loved...hard.
John C. Riley stars as Cox, in a movie that makes sure to treat him as much like a real character as Forrest Gump was. Despite how ridiculously goofy this movie is, Reily has to run this show and he does so, very well. His complete dedication of himself to this role, makes the film work.
Recording Studio Executive: [to Dewey's band during an audition] Please stop that! That was the worst number you could've started out with!
Dewey Cox: Well, my mother liked it a whole lot.
Recording Studio Executive: Your mother was wrong.
The movie also feature supporting roles and cameos from many members of Saturday Night Live and the various Judd Apatow produced comedies of recent years, and note must go out to Tim Meadows who continues to show how funny he is, despite not getting the best chances to show it off.
It is made in the spirit of a movie like Anchorman, where every scene in the movie is a joke, which also means that not everyone is going to work. There are definite flat spots in this movie, but those momentary times are just small bridges to very big laughs and continued running jokes.
Pa: The wrong kid died.
The subject matter also lends itself to having tons of musical stars appear in this movie, courtesy of other actors portraying them, and making sure to mention the names of who they are as much as possible.
Dewey Cox: [singing] In my dreams, you're blowing me... some kisses.
Darlene: [singing] That's one of my favorite things to do.
There is also an amazing soundtrack sung by Cox. Almost all of the songs are inspired by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan (a highlight), but Dewey Cox is capable of a wide variety of musical genres, and the film makes great use of letting us here them and what inspired most of them. It also helps that Rielly actually sings and plays the guitar.
With a nice hard R rating, this movie makes sure to show us every aspect of Dewey's rock star life, and even though it has a couple of flat moments, it certainly gets the job done in letting us know who Dewy Cox is.
Note: On a second viewing, I forgot how funny this movie was, and it has definitely revealed itself as a movie similar to Ricky Bobby, where the repeated viewings will really pay off.
Sam: Get outta here, Dewey!
Dewey Cox: What are y'all doin' in here?
Sam: We're smoking reefer and you don't want no part of this shit.
Dewey Cox: You're smoking *reefers*?
Sam: Yeah, 'course we are; can't you smell it?
Dewey Cox: No, Sam. I can't.
Girl Groupie: Come on, Dewey! Join the party!
[takes a hit off a joint]
Sam: No, Dewey, you don't want this. Get outta here!
Dewey Cox: You know what, I don't want no hangover. I can't get no hangover.
Sam: It doesn't give you a hangover!
Dewey Cox: Wha-I get addicted to it or something?
Sam: It's not habit-forming!
Dewey Cox: Oh, okay... well, I don't know... I don't want to overdose on it.
Sam: You can't OD on it!
Dewey Cox: It's not gonna make me wanna have sex, is it?
Sam: It makes sex even better!
Dewey Cox: Sounds kind of expensive.
Sam: It's the cheapest drug there is.
Dewey Cox: [at a loss and out of excuses] Hmm.
Sam: You don't want it!
Dewey Cox: I think I kinda want it.
Sam: Okay, but just this once. Come on in.