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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story2007

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)



Critic Consensus: A parody that pokes fun at rock stars and reductive biopics alike, this comedy sings in large part because of stellar performances and clever original music.

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America loves Dewey Cox! But behind the music is the up-and-down-and-up-again story of a musician whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 22 kids and 14 stepkids, stars in his own '70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to--and then kicks--every drug known to man. But despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman--longtime backup singer Darlene.

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John C. Reilly
as Dewey Cox
Jenna Fischer
as Darlene Madison
Conner Rayburn
as Dewey Age 8
David Krumholtz
as Schwartzberg
Nat Faxon
as Stage Manager
Gerry Black
as Harmonica Player
John Maynard
as Man at Talent Show
Matt Price
as MC--Teacher
E.J. Callahan
as Man No.2 at Talent Show
Rance Howard
as Preacher
Craig Robinson
as Bobby Shad
Paul Bates
as Nightclub Manager
Oscar Dillon
as Audience Guy at Nightclub
Harold Ramis
as L' Chai'm
Martin Starr
as Schmendrick
Amy Ferguson
as Teenager
Paul Feig
as Different DJ
Molly Quinn
as Teenage Girl
John Ennis
as The Big Bopper
Frankie Muniz
as Buddy Holly
Ed Helms
as Stage Manager
Odette Annable
as Reefer Girl
Steve Bannos
as Prison Guard
Willow Geer
as Nurse at Rehab
David Doty
as Doctor at Rehab
Jack Kehler
as Reporter No.1
Gerry Bednob
as The Maharishi
Tim Bagley
as Engineer No.1
Kshitij Pendurkar
as Dewey Rahim
Simon Helberg
as Dreidel L' Chai'm
Jacques Slade
as Lil' Nutzzak
Danica Rozelle
as Music Video Girl
Eddie Vedder
as Himself
as Herself
Lyle Lovett
as Himself
Patrick Faucette
as Bad Men Bass Player
Ian Roberts
as Drug Dealer
Jack Black
as Paul McCartney -- uncredited
Paul Rudd
as John Lennon -- uncredited
Justin Long
as George Harrison -- uncredited
Jason Schwartzman
as Ringo Starr -- uncredited
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Critic Reviews for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (48)

The only gale-force laughter in later scenes comes when the hero meets the Beatles.

February 4, 2015 | Full Review…

... starts out brilliantly playing with the tired tropes of musical biopics before utterly losing its way.

May 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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The end of a golden run for Judd Apatow.

January 18, 2008

Some laughs, but you expect more from Apatow.

January 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A dismal indulgence.

January 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Reilly, one of our best supporting actors graduating to star status, finally bound for glory.

January 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Eddie Vedder: If Elvis and Buddy Holly are the Cain and Abel of rock and roll, Bruce Springsteen is Zachariah, Iggy Pop is Methuselah, and, of course, Neil Young is the wise prophet Ezekiel, then what does that make Dewey Cox?  "Life made him tough. Love made him strong. Music made him hard." I absolutely love Walk Hard, and I always have. I saw this on opening night and since then I've probably watched it at least 20 times. It's one of those movies my friends and I used to always watch when we got stoned and/or drunk. I still think it is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It's a perfect spoof of the musician biography film. We see references to Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Elvis, The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and countless more. This is a music lovers film. We see the rise and fall and rise and fall of Dewey Cox from when he is a young boy and cut his brother in half to his final live appearance ever. In between he enjoys everything a rock star does. He gets into drugs and goes to rehab not once, but twice. He fucks every girl he can. He gets married and divorced twice. He has over thirty children. His life is a mess as he falls from stardom, but don't worry. Every fallen hero gets his chance at redemption and Dewey Cox is no different.  The humor on this one is mostly lowbrow stuff, but there is some smart comedy in it if you get the jokes. Judd Apatow writes an amazing script here using movies like Walk the Line and Ray as inspiration for mimicry. The use of stars throughout the film is hilarious. They present them in the exact way people perceive them to be. Ringo is always wanting to do LSD. Elvis is eccentric and full of himself. Buddy Holly is a real nice guy. This has its music history down pat. I especially loved the small glimpse of The Big Bopper doing a set.  From start to finish, this is a comedy I adore. The fact that I still laugh at 90% of this films jokes after numerous viewings goes to show just how funny the film is. I must say John C. Reilly is perfect in this role. I couldn't think of anyone who could have done it better or funnier. He's absolutely perfect.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

John C. Reily never dissappoints when he's in a lead role. I loved Step Brothers and Cyrus, I have now found another Reilly favourite. One of the best musicals I have ever seen. Walk Hard has a clever original soundtrack, genuine belly laughs and manages to hold the illusion that the events actually happened in a true biopic style.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


What a hilarious movie. Such a good parody with a great and big cast! Never seen Jenna Fischer in a role like that. I like it. The Beatles were SO funny! Ringo was the best. John C. Reilly's performance was no less then god-like. I highly recommend this.

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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