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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
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John C Reilly showed his comic prowess as Will Ferrell's sidekick in
Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby
and here he gets the opportunity to go it alone. Jake Kasdan's spoof biopic tells the story of singer Dewey Cox (Reilly), whose stratospheric rise through the music industry takes in teenyboppers, 1960s flower power (Dewey writes protest songs for midgets) and his eventual decline as drugs, sex (he sires 22 children) and old age take their toll. The likeable Reilly is in his element here - particularly in a memorable scene in which the ever-naive Dewey drops acid with the Beatles, prompting a
cartoon interlude. Co-written by Kasdan and Judd Apatow (
The 40 Year Old Virgin
) this is a hilarious pastiche of musical movies like
Walk the Line
. Teeming with skits and some very funny songs, the film also features cameos from the likes of Jason Schwartzman, Jack White and Paul Rudd.
A singer is transformed from naive country boy to the greatest rock 'n' roll legend of all time - with the traditional stand-bys of sex, drugs, failed marriages, falls from grace, spectacular comebacks and the love of a good woman along the way. Comedy spoof of music biopics, starring John C Reilly, Jenna Fischer and Raymond J Barry, and featuring appearances from Jack Black and Jack White.
Cast & Crew
John C Reilly
Raymond J Barry
Swearing, sex scenes, nudity, drug abuse.
DVD and Blu-ray
18 Jan 2008
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