Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

"Life made him tough. Love made him strong. Music made him hard."

Walk Hard is a 1997 musical comedy that was produced and written by Jake Kasdan and Judd Apatow. It makes fun of the whole folk, country, and rock era of the early sixties through the later 20th century, all from the viewpoint of unwitting musical star Dewey Cox. If other films fail to portray the music industry accurately, then Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story makes things even worse. Still nothing about Walk Hard is completely inaccurate, from the viewpoint of rock music and limelight. The film stars John C. Reilly in the title role and is a surreal and psychedelic story that is loosely based on the life of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. The portrayal of the budding sixties music industry is highly entertaining but slapstick funny and even more honest than some real film documentaries about the era.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story watches as the would-be artist Dewey Cox tells the story of his life. His unwitting moment of brilliance brings him fame after recording a song called "Walk Hard." This becomes his signature, as Dewey attempts to live the rock and roll lifestyle but still keep himself rooted in the life where his roots hail from. From the tragic death of his brother in an accidental machete incident to unfortunate meetings with rock icons like the Beatles, Dewey Cox is destined for humiliation and stardom.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story shows how an ordinary man can rise to great things, even if he does all of them the wrong way. The film also parodies the lives of other rock legends like Brian Wilson, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and the Big Bopper, at least in brief elements throughout the motion picture.

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| 2007 | 1 hr 30 min | 6.7/10
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