Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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Director: Jake Kasdan

Cast: Jake Kasdan, John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Kristen Wiig

     
 

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Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan team up to take the swagger out of the traditional music biopic with this look at the troubled life of fictional music legend Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly). Apatow and Kasdan both write and produce, while Freaks and Geeks and Orange County director Kasdan steps into

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Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan team up to take the swagger out of the traditional music biopic with this look at the troubled life of fictional music legend Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly). Apatow and Kasdan both write and produce, while Freaks and Geeks and Orange County director Kasdan steps into the director's chair. Dewey Cox is a rock & roll legend whose songs have the power to shake a nation. Despite the fact that Cox's career has been something of a roller coaster ride, the fact remains that he never went out of style in the eyes of his many adoring fans. He's rubbed elbows with everyone from Elvis Presley to the Beatles, ingested every drug known to man (often in doses large enough to kill a healthy horse), starred in his own television show, and slept with hundreds of women, yet somehow he still finds the time to write some of the best-known songs ever to hit the airwaves. Now, after being married multiple times and fathering enough offspring to populate a small island nation, this musical icon continues to turn out the hits while attempting to win the heart of his beautiful backup singer Darlene (Jenna Fischer). While no one doubts that Dewey Cox will continue to dominate the airwaves, does this larger-than-life superstar really have what it takes to avoid the temptations of the rock & roll lifestyle and finally settle down with one woman?

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At first, Walk Hard might seem no more impressive than the latest installment from the Scary Movie/Date Movie/Epic Movie team. But as this parody of films like Ray and Walk the Line gains momentum, the presence of producer/writer Judd Apatow and his infamous flair for non-sequitur humor begin to shine. The movie nails all the predictable jokes about the musical phenom who succumbs to the deadly pleasures of rock & roll hedonism in pretty obvious terms (though in fairness, it really wouldn't be the same without our hero Dewey, played by the teddy-bear-looking John C. Reilly, pulling a sink out of the wall in a fit of rage every time his life falls apart). But within the first half-hour, the predictable jabs at the clichés of the rock-star biopic are joined by far more absurd, over-the-top antics, including but not limited to a fair amount of male nudity, which is almost always funny anyway. The ways that Walk Hard pokes fun at all the obligatory elements of the musical biopic also tend to get smarter and more clever as the film moves along. Dewey's brief period of performing as a highly political folk troubadour in the style of Bob Dylan (his particular cause being the plight of midgets) features a Dylanesque original song that's so spot-on, it could probably pass for Dylan on the radio if not for the only slightly too random, supposedly metaphorical lyrics (."..the skinny scanty sylph trashed the apothecary diplomat / inside the three-eyed monkey within inches of his toaster-oven life..."). This speaks to another of the film's strengths: the original music. All of the songs that Dewey sings over the course of his epic, 50-year career were written for the film (with the exception of a truly impressive disco cover of David Bowie's "Starman"), and every single one sounds like the real thing. Aside from the silly lyrics, the tunes each make fantastic, earnest examples of whatever musical style they were written to represent, complete with catchy hooks and toe-tapping rhythms (with the possible exception of Dewey's PCP-induced, fully orchestrated, tribal-instrument-heavy Brian Wilson-esque magnum opus, which we only ever hear a few bars from anyway). Another winning aspect of Walk Hard (depending on your perspective) is its self-awareness -- so enter at your own peril if you don't enjoy the Anchorman school of humor, because this is a parody that mocks itself. For example, when Dewey undertakes his mandatory period of studying transcendental meditation with the Beatles, the joke that the whole scene revolves around is the casting. The Fab Four are all played by familiar faces in the Apatow clique who just happen to have not shown up in the movie yet (and who look nothing like the actual men they're playing, especially Jack Black as Paul McCartney), so, of course, they spend the whole scene addressing each other with lines like "What do you think, George Harrison of the Beatles?" This comes shortly after a scene in which Dewey notes that times are turbulent and his wife (played by Jenna Fischer in her usual impossible combination of hotness and hilarity) replies, "Yes, the '60s are an important and exciting time!" It's not exactly high-brow fare, and it's really more of a tribute than a biting satire, but the movie does right by its premise as a goofball send-up to pull no punches on even the silliest joke. It may earn more chuckles than belly laughs, but it's altogether entertaining from beginning to end, even if you've never seen the source material.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
UPC:
0043396250789
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
3:36:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted & extended scenes; 8 full song performances; Line-o-rama; The music of Walk Hard; The real Dewey Cox; Commentary with Jake Kasdan, Judd Apatow, John C. Reily and Lew Morton; Extended footage not seen in theatres; More deleted & extended scenes; 8 additional full song performances; A Christmas song from Dewey Cox; Cox sausage commercial with outtakes; Song demos; The making of Walk Hard; The last word with John Hodgman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John C. Reilly Dewey Cox
Jenna Fischer Darlene
Harold Ramis L'Chai'm
Margo Martindale Ma Cox
Chris Parnell Theo
Matt Besser Dave
Jack Black Paul McCartney
Paul Rudd John Lennon
Jason Schwartzman Ringo Starr
Justin Long George Harrison
Jack White Elvis Presley
David Krumholtz Actor
Odette Yustman Reefer Girl
Kristen Wiig Edith
Raymond J. Barry Pa Cox
Tim Meadows Sam

Technical Credits
Jake Kasdan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Andrews Score Composer
Judd Apatow Producer,Screenwriter
Bill W. Benton Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Bern Songwriter
Uta Briesewitz Cinematographer
Anya Colloff Casting
Marshall Crenshaw Songwriter
Andrew Epstein Associate Producer
Bob Grieve Sound/Sound Designer
Tateum Kohut Sound/Sound Designer
Gregg Landaker Sound/Sound Designer
Melvin Mar Associate Producer
Debra McGuire Costumes/Costume Designer
Amy McIntyre-Britt Casting
Lewis Morton Executive Producer
Van Dyke Parks Songwriter
Manish Raval Musical Direction/Supervision
Jefferson Sage Production Designer
Domenic Silvestri Art Director
Tara Timpone Editor
Clayton Townsend Asst. Director,Producer
Mike Viola Songwriter
Charlie Wadhams Songwriter
Stephen Welch Editor
Tom Wolfe Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
1. Chapter 1 [4:12]
2. Chapter 2 [3:12]
3. Chapter 3 [4:34]
4. Chapter 4 [1:15]
5. Chapter 5 [2:25]
6. Chapter 6 [4:08]
7. Chapter 7 [3:21]
8. Chapter 8 [4:48]
9. Chapter 9 [3:11]
10. Chapter 10 [1:55]
11. Chapter 11 [4:12]
12. Chapter 12 [3:01]
13. Chapter 13 [2:00]
14. Chapter 14 [3:40]
15. Chapter 15 [2:50]
16. Chapter 16 [3:43]
17. Chapter 17 [3:06]
18. Chapter 18 [1:57]
19. Chapter 19 [3:09]
20. Chapter 20 [3:59]
21. Chapter 21 [2:13]
22. Chapter 22 [3:53]
23. Chapter 23 [3:12]
24. Chapter 24 [4:00]
25. Chapter 25 [4:28]
26. Chapter 26 [2:27]
27. Chapter 27 [5:12]
28. Chapter 28 [5:39]
1. Chapter 1 [4:12]
2. Chapter 2 [4:12]
3. Chapter 3 [3:40]
4. Chapter 4 [1:48]
5. Chapter 5 [1:45]
6. Chapter 6 [3:18]
7. Chapter 7 [5:19]
8. Chapter 8 [4:25]
9. Chapter 9 [3:31]
10. Chapter 10 [4:54]
11. Chapter 11 [3:36]
12. Chapter 12 [6:08]
13. Chapter 13 [3:01]
14. Chapter 14 [2:00]
15. Chapter 15 [3:52]
16. Chapter 16 [3:10]
17. Chapter 17 [3:57]
18. Chapter 18 [3:06]
19. Chapter 19 [3:33]
20. Chapter 20 [5:37]
21. Chapter 21 [4:12]
22. Chapter 22 [2:04]
23. Chapter 23 [5:28]
24. Chapter 24 [4:16]
25. Chapter 25 [3:32]
26. Chapter 26 [4:47]
27. Chapter 27 [7:35]
28. Chapter 28 [7:22]

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot remember the last time a movie has made me laugh this hard. After watching it, my family was almost silent, exhausted from laughing. The film is surprisingly well made and visually beautiful. John C. Reilly deserves high accolades for this performance. It truly is upsetting that more people did not go to the theaters to enjoy this film "myself included". However, this is a good thing, since the unrated DVD director's cut two-hour long movie seems nearly perfect and does not let up, even when the credits end. Even brief cutaways are gut-busters. The only problem is when the film somewhat sags in the less funny 70's/80's era of Dewey Cox's life. Regardless, many adults should see this film. The previous review surprises me in that children and teenagers watching this film is a problem. It's unrated for a reason, and thinking people will recognize it. That does not mean the movie is bad. "Then the review ends with "lol", so I think that says enough." I cannot stress enough how great and funny a film this is. I'm telling everyone I know about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is brilliant. It may take a particular sense of humor to "get". My husband and I watched it on PPV, and we kept buying it again and again as our rental period ended. I'm here to buy the DVD. Clever and witty. There are some strange parts, but it just adds to the literal humor of this great flick.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
didn't like all the weird comedy, didn't like all the nudity,thought it was crued and just not tasteful, some parts were funny but the other 90% ....gross.
JCWilkerson More than 1 year ago
Spoof movies have been around for as long as the art form of film has been entertaining people. From Charlie Chaplin to Woody Allen to the Marx Brothers and Mel Brooks, film makers have been spoofing other movie forms to satirize society and politics. Spoof movies have made us laugh while also showing us the error in our ways and the inherent stupidity found in our societal ways. Unfortunately, the form has taken a beating with the "[Insert Genre Here] Movie" series which has driven the genre into the mire. But when Judd Apatow joined with Jake Kasdan (co-collaborator on Freaks and Geeks), what they came up with should have turned the genre up on it's ear. After the accidental halving of his brother, Dewey Cox learns how to play blues guitar and starts writing songs. At the age of 14, he insights a riot with the song "Take My Hand" and leaves home to seek stardom. Dewey's discovered by Jewish businessmen in a club where black folk go to dance erotically when Dewey fills in for the regular act when he gets laryngitis. Making a huge splash with his first single, Walk Hard, Dewey goes on the road and we follow him through the ups and downs, the relationships, the drugs, and the destroying of multiple public and private bathrooms. Jake Kasdan and Judd Apatow do a great job of making this movie feel like a real biopic and not just a series of skits formed together to make a movie. They present each time frame with real authenticity, injecting the 60's with the whimsy we've seen in past movies, and the 70's with the "grooviness" we've come to expect of this kind of movie. The music feels authentic as well, feeling as if it's been written throughout the time frames seen in the movie. But you don't go into a parody for the dramatic elements, and for the comedy this movie has great pedigree. It fits in handsomely with other Apatow comedies like Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. John C. Reilly, fresh off Taladega Nights, shows off more of the comedic chops that he had shown in that movie, while also bringing a dramatic pedigree to the role not typical to this kind of comedy in recent years (he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Chicago). On top of that, it seems as though everyone in Hollywood wanted to be involved in this movie as this movie boasts one of the largest lists of cameos I have ever seen in a movie including Paul Rudd, Jack Black, Jack White of the White Stripes, Lyle Lovett, Jewell, Tim Meadows, Justin Long, Kristen Wiig, Craig Robinson, and Jonah Hill just to name a few. As with any biopic, whether real or fake, though, this movie seems to loose it's away as the main character loses his way as well. It becomes more frenetic and loses pacing later on, but seems to catch itself before straying too far. Also some of the characters are underdeveloped as usually happens in biopics as you try to cram in characters that truly effected the main characters life. Luckily, the movie never feels as though it's dragging, and remains consistent with the laughs throughout. While Walk Hard was a critical hit, unfortunately, it bombed at the box office where it deserved more of an audience. I highly recommend giving this chance if you like comedy and musician biopics. While funny, the movie never feels as though it's making fun of the people presented in the biopics it's skewering like Johnny Cash or Ray Charles.
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
one very lame boring movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie sucked. The beginning was funny, and then the movie went downhill. And what the deuce was up with the stupid monkey? Are monkeys supposed to be amusing or something? They certainly weren't here. The jokes were very juvenile and I could see half the jokes coming from a mile away. Good to watch if you're high or drunk or both.