One of the most iconic figures in rock history, Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) had it all: the women, the friends and the rock n' roll lifestyle. But most of all, he had the music that transformed a dimwitted country boy into the greatest American rock star who never lived. An inspired send-up of every musical biopic ever made, "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" is proof that when it comes to hard rocking, living and laughing, a hard man is good to find.
A tawdry disappointment
- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story review by LM
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Having enjoyed Knocked Up and Superbad, I was expecting similar undemanding laughs from Walk Hard, which also comes from the massively prolific Judd Apatow stable. But where those films are affectionately, even *thoughtfully* stupid, Walk Hard is just plain stupid.
All the actors put in good performances (although John C. Reilly as Dewey Cox seems unaware that he's in a comedy), the music is very good indeed – someone spent a long time lovingly putting together parodies of almost every popular musical act from the 1950s onwards, and did an excellent job of it – but the whole is let down by the script, which sounds as though it was written by a pair of sniggering schoolboys behind the bike sheds. Jokes which should never have seen the light of day are left in, and I found myself wincing in anticipation of the next fart- or oral sex-based pun seconds before it happened.
Highly recommended for boys aged between fifteen and sixteen, music lovers who can close their ears to the awfulness of the rest of it, and almost nobody else.
Moronic and unfunny.
- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story review by Shatner's Bassoon
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The biggest problem 'Walk Hard' has has is that it's just not funny. All of the comedy comes off flat, even the juvenile humour which I normally find funny just comes off dumb and childish and the song parodies are universally poor. This is easily the worst film from the Judd Apatow stable and bar far the worst film I've seen this year. I would avoid this turkey at all costs, and if you've not seen it, rent 'Get Him To The Greek' instead.