The up-and-down-and-up-again story of musician Dewey Cox, whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 36 kids, 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. Written by
A few scenes in the movie involve a grown up Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) having conversations with the spirit of his dead brother Nate (Chip Hormess), only to find that Nate, even though he died as a boy, has grown older (and is played as an adult by Jonah Hill). "Walk The Line", the Johnny Cash biopic that "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" is primarily parodying, detailed Johnny Cash's struggle to cope with his older brother Jack's accidental death, but never featured Johnny Cash communicating with his late brother's spirit. However, in "Cash: The Autobiography", the basis for "Walk The Line", Johnny Cash wrote about how he routinely spoke with Jack into his own adult years. Cash also noted that Jack's spirit got older as Johnny Cash himself aged, and always remained two years older than Johnny. See more »
At the end of the movie it says Dewey Cox was born in 1936. However in 1953 Deweys mother calls him her favorite fourteen year old son and it is mentioned several more times that he is fourteen. That would have made his birth-year 1939. See more »
[while Dewey's in and out of conscience in rehab]
Dewey, I don't know if you can hear me in there... but the wrong kid died!
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After the credits there is a black&white clip of Dewey Cox performing Walk Hard in 2002, with the words "The actual Dewey Cox" See more »
I thought this was a brilliant satire of the biopic genre. It was obviously borrowed from Walk the Line, but there was plenty of other stuff thrown in as well. It was a truly hilarious movie, including the scenes where the band members convince him to try the drugs, a scene with the Beatles, the variety show stuff and interviews, all the scenes with the title character smashing the sinks, and the Walk the Line spoofs. It was very well written with lots of great dialog. You will love all the cameos and other stuff. I guarantee it. This was a tailor-made role for John C. Reilly, who is perfect in and for the part, as is just about everyone in it.
*** 1/2 out of ****
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