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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
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Starring: Jenna Fischer, John C. Reilly,  Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Web Site: www.walkhard-movie.com
Kiddie Movie: Please leave them safe at home.
Date Movie: If she likes both "Walk the Line" and "Superbad."
Gratuitous Sex: Lots of boobs, other nudity, and sex.  Yay!
Gratuitous Violence: Who knew a machete can chop you in half.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Tons.
Memorable Scene: The "Let's Duet" scene.
Memorable Quote: Both by Sam (Tim Meadows): "It's the cheapest drug there is." & "If your boner lasts for more than four hours, call some more ladies."
Directed By: Jake Kasdan
Produced By: Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan, Clayton Townsend

Walk Hard:
The Dewey Cox Story

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:36 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
So yesterday I saw "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" and renewed my stalking of Diane Kruger. As happens with my movie viewing, adios Diane because today I saw "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," and Jenna Fischer is my new love, and although she doesnít get naked, her boobies are nicely highlighted. Hereís the storyÖ

John C. Reilly is Dewey Cox. Following an accident with a machete that kills his brother, Dewey, who can do no right in the eyes of his father, ventures off into making music, and we follow Dewey through his life of women, drugs, various music styles, and getting back to his roots. Sound familiar? It should because pretty much "Walk Hard" spoofs the biopics of Johnny Cash and Ray Charles, "Walk the Line," and "Ray," respectively, but mostly follows the same path and story of "Walk the Line." Yup, Dewey pens his big hit, "Walk Hard," has a bunch of kids with his first wife, Edith (Kristen Wiig), then falls in love with Darlene (Jenna Fischer), continues making songs that top the chart, but all along is tormented by the memory of his dead brother and the hate his dad has for him.

And, oh yea, because the death of his brother torments him so, Dewey loses his sense of smell. At least he didnít lose his eyesight, get it? Alas, as Dewey is entering his elder years, he comes to grips with his past, reunites with Darlene, gets his sense of smell back (who knew horse shit smelled bad?), and is honored at an award show where he steps back on stage with his band of now gray haired dudes for one last song, his masterpiece, "Beautiful Ride."

This is a hard movie for me to explain because I loved it, maybe because Iím a huge fan of "Walk the Line" and "Ray" and was able to get all of the jokes, but if you havenít seen or appreciate those two films you may not get it. Alright, I take that back, there is one joke I didnít get, a scene in a hotel room that I think is put there because of Mrs. Apatow (Leslie Mann), but weíll probably have to wait for the DVD to find the explanation (or my not being lazy and do some searching, but that wonít happen). Anyway, from the running gag of Dewey finding his drummer, Sam (Tim Meadows at his best), doing drugs in a bathroom, to Deweyís transformation from a Johnny Cash kind of guy, to a Bob Dylan kind of guy, to a Brian Wilson kind of guy, and eventually back to a Johnny Cash kind of guy, "Walk Hard" works the troubled life of a singer to the hilt, in a funny way. Also, as great as the movie is at poking fun at the music biopic, it takes it to another level with a batch of songs as entertaining, if not more so, than the movie itself. The title track, "Walk Hard" is a great little ditty, but "Letís Duet" is really the show-stopper, reminiscent of the Red Peterís classic, "Howís Your WholeÖ Family?"

Hereís the other tricky part about "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," and that is because it is from the mind of Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan, but itís really different from movies we have come to relate with Mr. Apatow, namely hits like "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," and "Superbad." I say different because the creativity is almost hindered a little by having to stick to the music biopic formula.

In any case I did like "Walk Hard," and for me it was a 4 star, actually, no wait, a 4 Ĺ star out of 5 star movie (blatant female nudity and my now being a Jenna Fischer stalker always help in my rating book). The problem is that I donít think a lot of people will get it, nor will find the humor I did in simple things like John C. Reilly playing Dewey Cox at age 14, or Dewey owning a giraffe.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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