Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

2007

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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.

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57%

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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 woman--longtime backup singer Darlene.

Cast

John C. Reilly
as Dewey Cox
Jenna Fischer
as Darlene Madison
Conner Rayburn
as Dewey Age 8
David Krumholtz
as Schwartzberg
Nat Faxon
as Stage Manager
Gerry Black
as Harmonica Player
John Maynard
as Man at Talent Show
Matt Price
as MC--Teacher
E.J. Callahan
as Man No.2 at Talent Show
Rance Howard
as Preacher
Craig Robinson
as Bobby Shad
Paul Bates
as Nightclub Manager
Oscar Dillon
as Audience Guy at Nightclub
Harold Ramis
as L' Chai'm
Martin Starr
as Schmendrick
Amy Ferguson
as Teenager
Paul Feig
as Different DJ
Molly Quinn
as Teenage Girl
John Ennis
as The Big Bopper
Frankie Muniz
as Buddy Holly
Ed Helms
as Stage Manager
Odette Annable
as Reefer Girl
Steve Bannos
as Prison Guard
Willow Geer
as Nurse at Rehab
David Doty
as Doctor at Rehab
Jack Kehler
as Reporter No.1
Gerry Bednob
as The Maharishi
Tim Bagley
as Engineer No.1
Kshitij Pendurkar
as Dewey Rahim
Simon Helberg
as Dreidel L' Chai'm
Jacques Slade
as Lil' Nutzzak
Danica Rozelle
as Music Video Girl
Eddie Vedder
as Himself
Jewel
as Herself
Lyle Lovett
as Himself
Patrick Faucette
as Bad Men Bass Player
Ian Roberts
as Drug Dealer
Jack Black
as Paul McCartney -- uncredited
Paul Rudd
as John Lennon -- uncredited
Justin Long
as George Harrison -- uncredited
Jason Schwartzman
as Ringo Starr -- uncredited
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  • May 30, 2016
    The Dewey Cox Story is a really under-appreciated movie. Sure, it's ridiculous, but all parodies are, and Walk Hard is ridiculously funny. Some comedies try too hard and suffer from poor execution, but this is a movie that knows what it is and what it's making fun of, pulling off the classic rock comedy with style and substance. John C. Reilly gives what I would call his best performance to date. Judd Apatow, as usual, does a solid job directing the comedy. Finally, what makes a comedy truly memorable? The quotes! This is up there with any number of WIll Ferrell movies as far as quotability. Seriously, go give Walk Hard a watch; prepare to be dazzled.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2015
    funny and one of the last great spoof films. You really don't appreciate these films until the second viewing.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2012
    *** out of **** "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" is writer Judd Apatow - and director Jake Kasdan's - response to the modern biopic craze that started somewhere mid 2000's. The film is intended as a sort of parody, in particular, of the musical biopics; and I guess the film's way of poking fun at the genre comes in the form of presupposing that while there was Johnny Cash, John Lennon, and Elvis Presley - there was also a lesser-known artist by the name of Dewey Cox. This is his story; the hilarious, smartly-written ode to both music and those behind it. Dewey (played by Conner Rayburn as a kid) began his life a farmer's son; given only a single brother to play with in his childhood days, and only for a short amount of time. One day while the two brothers were playing around with a duo of their father's machetes; Dewey accidentally swung a bit too hard and hit his brother, slicing the poor boy in half. His father never forgave him for this; claiming that his brother was the better one of the two. Regardless, through the experience; Dewey is able to find his passion, which is in music. One day, he just picks up a guitar and emerges a natural. Fast-forward to Dewey's (now played by John C. Reilly, for the remainder of the film) as a high school student; on the night of the school talent show. He will perform an original song with his five-man band. In what makes up one of the film's funniest scenes; the show goes incredibly awry, and Dewey fails to impress his parents, but he does win the heart of another girl around his age - Edith (Kristin Wiig). At a tender age, they get married and have many children; whilst Dewey struggles to find a gig that actually works out for him. He works as a janitor in a music-night club; and he eventually bullshits his way into snagging a show for himself. From then on, he is met by fame and success; as a trio of Jewish record producers takes a liking to him, his musical style and his aspirations. Since the tone is that of a satirical musical biopic film; "Walk Hard" must walk the line of the films that, more or less, inspired its creation. Dewey becomes famous for his music; he gets involved with both various women and many different kinds of drugs. He also gets to perform with the likes of Elvis (Jack White), Buddy Holly (Frankie Muniz), and in one scene, he even meets The Beatles (Paul Rudd, Jack Black, Jason Schwartzman, Justin Long). But I don't think it would be too much of a spoiler to say that it all comes crashing down; Dewey's life, his passion, and his relationships with others. While it's mostly intended to be funny (and oh, is it ever!); "Walk Hard" is nevertheless genuine. In works for a variety of different reasons, but I think the most important element was John C. Reilly being cast in the leading role. I like Reilly as an actor, and I get the feeling that he's talented in playing a diverse amount of interesting, comic, and dramatic roles; this is definitely one of his more memorable roles, with him taking the spotlight for every minute of the ride. It certainly helps that he's also a good singer too; providing the film with an original soundtrack of exceptional quality. Here's what you get: a crass, sometimes perverse, often times very funny satire of a genre that most people both love and hate - at the same time. "Walk Hard" may not be a perfect movie, but I really enjoyed it while it lasted. I recommend it for the Reilly performance -and the many others that aid him - the taut script from Apatow (a talented comic writer/genius of our generation), and the catchy musical tunes. For those who love music as much as I do; this is a good ol' fashion love letter to the art written in sex, comic violence, and rock-and-roll. It's proof that while the Dewey Cox story may have a few bumps in its road; it's still one worth pondering. After all; this is a rare film that takes the good with the evil (the depressing with the uproariously comedic); and in perhaps the most literal sense possible. "Dewey Cox" rocks; and it rocks rather hard.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    Hilarious. Spoofs the rock star lifestyle, in particular Johnny Cash to a tee. John C Reilly is excellent. Great fun.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

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