Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
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John C. Reilly, Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows
||Please leave them
safe at home.
||If she likes both
"Walk the Line" and "Superbad."
||Lots of boobs,
other nudity, and sex. Yay!
||Who knew a machete
can chop you in half.
||The "Let's Duet"
||Both by Sam (Tim
Meadows): "It's the cheapest drug there is." & "If your
boner lasts for more than four hours, call some more
||Judd Apatow, Jake
Kasdan, Clayton Townsend
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
The Dewey Cox Story
A Movie Review
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,
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
"The 40 Year Old Virgin,"
"Knocked Up," and
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!!