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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

2008-04-11 11:26
What it's about:

An up-and-down-and-up-again story of a musician whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Dewey 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.

What the critics thought of it:

"Not all the bits (among them a "Yellow Submarine"-like acid trip) work equally well. Fortunately, there's a general exuberance and fondness for the musical material that eases the rough spots. "
Brian Lowry, Variety

"A pitch-perfect musical comedy that at long last moves the talented John C. Reilly up the billing ladder from second banana to top banana."
Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter

"Walk Hard is funniest in its first half, when you're not quite sure where it's going, and drags in the second, by which time you realize it's going nowhere."
Stephanie Zacharek,

"The tricky thing about parody movies is that the jokes get old fast and they're hit-and-miss. Walk Hard is guilty on both counts. How lucky that when the jokes do hit, they kick major ass."
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Walk Hard isn't merciless (except for maybe one wicked sequence with the Beatles), and that's because it so loves what it's sending up: the pleasure, ego, and sheer exhaustion of what happens behind the music."
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"There are certainly a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, which is more than can be said about a lot of alleged comedies."
Eric Alt, Premiere Magazine

"Walk Hard looks and sounds so much like a real musical biopic that you could make a good drinking game out of naming all the movies that get spoofed."
Chris Farnsworth, E! Online

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