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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
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Reviewed on 2008-01-01
Received[1]  out of 4 stars
GenreComedy / Music

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, a disappointment and somehow enjoyable. I may have expected a little too much from Judd Apatow. You would think the third time would be a charm, but I guess after having two stellar summer hits that would be too much to ask. Walk Hard is a musical spoof, a film that is a satire to Walk the Line and many others. Starring John C. Reily as Dewey, a young boy who discovered his musical talents after his father blamed him for his brothers’ death, continuing to claim “the wrong kid died.” Dewey goes on with his life and creates an amazing career for himself.

walk-hard Of course along the way he runs into the other musical wonders of his time, such as Elvis and The Beatles. Along with meeting these musical masterpieces, he meets his arch enemy, drugs. Drugs: in the form of weed, heroine and pills. Dewey develops a problem, while his wife and about ten kids are left without his support, until Mrs. Cox discovers Dewey has married another woman. Both women leave Dewey and again he goes into another tailspin.

This film had comical moments, but they were so few and far between. It had no constant and it lagged. John C. Reily had his humorous moments, but I found myself annoyed with his wining character and was wishing the storyline would come to an end. The highlight of this film would have to be The Beatles sequence. The Beatles were portrayed by Jack Black, Justin Long (George Harrison), Paul Rudd (John Lennon) and Jason Schwartzman (Ringo Starr). Paul Rudd stole this performance and had to be one of his best comical pieces to date. The only reason I could recommend this film is to see this scene, so wait for the DVD. Or better yet look for the performance on You Tube; I am sure it will make it there someday.

Review By: Jolene Mendez


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