Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

My brother-in-law came up for a visit on Saturday night, so we decided to toss in a movie that we hadn't seen yet.

We are all pretty big comedy buffs, so Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story was selected.

This is another film out of the brain of Judd Apatow which stars John C. Reilly as Dewey Cox, a musician whose #1 hit was entitled Walk Hard.

The story starts with Cox standing in a hallway, unable to clearly be seen, waiting to go on for a show. But, we immediately get a flashback of how far Cox has come - including the true start of his music career, the killing of his brother with a machete.

One day while playing in the barn - Dewey and his brother, Nate, are playing with their father's machetes (of course with a cover on them), when Dewey takes a large swing, the cover flies off and Nate is cut in half - literally. It was then that I realized this was going to be one crazy film.

And I was right.

There were definitely some laugh out loud moments in the film - but the best part for me was trying to figure out all of the small cameos in the film, such as who was playing each member of The Beatles.

The Saturday Night Live influence is also pretty heavy in the film, as Tim Meadows, Kristin Wiig, and Chris Parnell make appearances.

The Office's Jenna Fischer plays Cox's second wife Darlene - while also being a duet singer with the band.

I felt the movie was watchable, and funny at times. Not the greatest of the Apatow films, but definitely worth a watch.


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