Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Director: Jake Kasdan Cast: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Kristen Wiig
3.7 11

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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?

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2008
UPC: 0043396215276
Original Release: 2007
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: A
Time: 3:36:00

Special Features

Extended footage not seen in theatres; Deleted & extended scenes; 16 full song performances; Line-o-rama; The music of Walk Hard; The real Dewey Cox; A Christmas Song from Dewey Cox; Cox sausage commercial with outtakes; Song demos; The making of Walk Hard; The last word with John Hodgman; Commentary with Jake Kasdan, Judd Apatow, John C. Reilly and Lew Morton; And more!

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

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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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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.
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.
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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.