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
Dewey Cox's audition, at which he sings Dean Martin's hit "That's Amore," is an in-joke reference to Elvis Presley. Elvis showed up at his audition for Sun Records wanting to sing like Dean Martin, but Sun owner Sam Phillips refused to record him until he and three members of the Sun house band started jamming on a blues song, Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right, Mama," which became Elvis' first record. See more »
When Nate and Dewey are discussing what they want to be when they grow up, Nate says he's going to be an astronaut. The scene takes place in 1946, before the term 'astronaut' existed. See more »
Edith, I am starting to think... that maybe you don't believe in me.
I do believe in you. I just know you're gonna fail.
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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 »
The extended version released on home video, "American Cox: The Unbearably Long Self-Indulging Director's Cut", runs at 2 hours long. See more »
Different style but another great one from Apatow gang
As a huge fan of the previous Apatow movies, I drove recklessly through traffic to make it into an early screening of Walk Hard, and I'm happy I did. I think this movie is a different direction for Judd and his band, as it is more similar to Airplane in style than it is to Knocked Up. But that impressed me that they took that risk and made it work -- and it definitely worked as me and the rest of the theatre were laughing with regularity.
Without getting too much into the details of the movie because I hate spoilers, the thing that made this movie great to me was the unexpected humor. Like Airplane, there are a lot of times when you just don't see the next line coming, and those are the best laughs. Besides John C. Reilly in the lead role, who obviously got a lot of the funniest lines, Tim Meadows as Dewey Cox's drummer really cracked me up, and Paul Rudd as Jon Lennon cracked up the entire theatre.
It was definitely one of those movies where you're recalling a lot of funny parts a day later. So while it may be a different type of movie than the Apatow groups' other work, the sense of funny is still there, and I think this is up there with the best comedies of the year.
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