By treating Dewey Cox as a real … Directed by Jake Kasdan. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is an American film about the story of Dewey Cox, a musician who worked his way up from being thrown out of his parents’ house for accidentally cutting his brother in half with a machete and holding hands with a girl, to become one of the greatest of all time, only to be met with adversity as the darker side of the music industry takes its toll. "[12], The film was not commercially successful, taking $18 million at the US box office which was less than the film's $35 million budget. Next week at The Dissolve , we’ll do our best to comprehend the transcendent energy of Dewey Cox, starting with my Keynote Tuesday on how Walk Hard squares the biopic with real artist biographies. The site's consensus states: "A parody that pokes fun at rock stars and reductive biopics alike, this comedy sings in large part because of stellar performances and clever original music. He sounds and looks different that Reilly. I could actually see that happening in real life with my brother and I would be the one cut in half. Although a send-up of the recent spate of Oscar bait music biopics, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story acts as if its title character actually existed. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Stinger information added and verified by Paul Curtin Directed by: Jake Kasdan. I cannot accurately pinpoint the moment Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story became my go-to lounge film. It stars John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows and Kristen Wiig. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan, and written by Kasdan and co-producer Judd Apatow. 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Charlie Wadhams and Benji Hughes wrote the song "Let's Duet"[3].Marshall Crenshaw wrote the title song, and Van Dyke Parks penned the Brian Wilson-esque 1960s-styled psychedelic jam "Black Sheep" (the recording session seems to be a specific parody of Wilson's Smile album sessions, on which Van Dyke Parks worked). Dewey Cox: "(A clip of "I Love the Night Life" Written by Alicia Bridges and Susan Hutcheson Performed by John C. Reilly (as Dewey Cox))" starman.wav(655K) starman.mp3(298K) starman.m4r(iPhone ringtone) Dewey Cox: "(A clip of "Starman" Written by David Bowie Produced by Michael Andrews Performed by John C. Reilly (as Dewey Cox))" Cox said it had to do with a time-continuum test by a jet propulsion laboratory in Pasadena that worked only with famous people. How different would Star Wars be if Luke Skywalker was a female? I am trying to find out who played "the real Dewey Cox" that shows up at the end of the credits. Only a little softness cropped into the presentation. Sony, $14.99, 4/8/2008. [5] Despite the humorous approach, the film was crafted in the serious tone of films earmarked for an Oscar, adding to the irony. The line "Well I guess this is the end of a chapter in your life, Dewey Cox," has ruined every visible act transition in every movie I've seen since. Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. America loves Dewey Cox! The film portrays fictional versions of artists Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles; also, some artists play themselves, including Eddie Vedder and Ghostface Killah. The Story: A spoof of biopics, following the life of fictional rock star Dewey Cox. Dewey Cox (1936 - 2007) was a fictional American singer-songwriter, played in the movie Walk Hard by actor and singer John C. Reilly. Singer-songwriter Dan Bern and Mike Viola (of the Candy Butchers) wrote most of the film's songs, including "There's a Change A' Happenin'", "The Mulatto Song" and "Hole in My Pants".Marshall Crenshaw wrote the title tune and Van Dyke Parks penned one of the 1960-styled psychedelic jams, "Black Sheep". It gets bogged down in undecidedness at times, then it trolls around with superficial tagged-on plot points before it finds its way back to its actual core. The movie begins with Dewey and his brother playing around. Jake Kasdan brought the idea to his friend and fellow director Judd Apatow. I dont think Cox is a real name.You could name someone Cox but their would be no meaning. Throughout the entire movie, Dewey's dad tells him that the wrong brother died. 2007 Columbia Pictures This is a funny parody of the typical Hollywood biography of a musical star, and of Walk the Line and Ray in particular, though the tunefulness of the mock songs is so good that it will also remind you of Christopher Guest’s A Mighty Wind. If you ask me the "real" Dewey Cox at the end of the Movie looks kind of like George Thorogood made to look like the character. How lucky that when the jokes do hit, they kick major ass. In Dark Water (2005), how does a small girl have that much power over water and then claim the mother's soul? Walk Hard, a spoof of every musical biopic from Ray to Walk the Line, is guilty on both counts. or Airplane!, they allow Reilly to more or less actually play the character, so that, against all expectations, some scenes actually approach real sentiment. Nate reappears and urges Dewey to reconcile with their father. But behind the music is the up-and-down-and-up-again story of a musician whose songs would change a nation. Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend. It was marketed like a Ferrell parody when it's something almost completely different. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story presents me with a problem of not supplying these. But, in the end, it’s a “beautiful ride”—which happens to be the name of his career-capping masterpiece. 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(Los Angeles, CA), December 19, 2007 – Performed in the character of Dewey Cox on, This page was last edited on 7 January 2021, at 19:47. In 1992, a divorced Darlene returns to him. Throughout the entire movie, Dewey's dad tells him that the wrong brother died. On a band visit to India, Dewey takes LSD with the Beatles, leading to a "Yellow Submarine"-esque hallucination. Dewey breaks down and destroys almost everything in his home. He sounds and looks different that Reilly. As of May 2010, DVD sales have gathered revenue of $15,664,735. During another stint in rehab, Dewey is visited by the ghost of Nate, who ridicules his self-pity and tells him to start writing songs again. Dewey becomes consumed with creating his masterpiece "Black Sheep" (a homage to Brian Wilson's Smile). Off the top of your head, what do you think Indiana Jones first name is? It provides a fine cast and a smattering of solid laughs, but most of it just plods along without much point or wit. Dewey's new singing style is compared to that of Bob Dylan, which Dewey angrily denies despite his new music being extremely similar to Dylan's. By treating Dewey Cox as a real … Dewey's father informs him that his mother has died while dancing to Dewey's song and blames Dewey's music for her death. [2], John C. Reilly received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance in a Musical or Comedy and a nomination for Best Original Song. It received positive reviews from critics but was a box office bomb – grossing only $20 million against a $35 million budget. Although a send-up of the recent spate of Oscar bait music biopics, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story acts as if its title character actually existed. While recording a rockabilly rendition of "That's Amore", Dewey is berated by an executive. Only a little softness cropped into the presentation. O, I'm gonna walk... Hard. The image posted is a … From his first wife Edith saying "I do believe in you, I just know you're gonna fail," to his end-of-life realization of the importance of finding balance by "loving yourself, but not only yourself," I just think this movie has more truth than I ever would've expected it to. John C. Reilly stars as the film’s Johnny Cash–like country singer turned superstar, Dewey Cox. Choir-girl Darlene Madison enters Dewey's life, and he produces several sexually suggestive hit records amid their courtship. Just like it is in the tv shows and movies? In “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” fashion is the clock that helps the audience mark the time. They move to Berkeley, California in 1966 during the counterculture movement. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story [2007] has, in its active attempt to create the most thoughtlessly shitty music biopic possible, distilled to its essence the genre as a whole. Apatow and Kasdan noted that they watched various types of biopics for inspiration, including those of Jimi Hendrix and Marilyn Monroe. 2. "[9] On Metacritic the film has a score of 63 out of 100 based on reviews from 22 critics. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. I still think it's amazing that they got Van Dyke Parks to write the lyrics for their Smile parody. [10], Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars and wrote: "Instead of sending everything over the top at high energy, like Top Secret! Dewey meets a blues guitarist who discovers Dewey's life experience instilled in him a natural affinity for playing blues music. [8], On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 74% based on 134, classifying it as "certified fresh". Dewey is introduced to marijuana by his drummer Sam and becomes unfaithful to Edith. He weds Darlene while still married to Edith, which leads to both women leaving him, after which Dewey purchases drugs from an undercover cop. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. In 2007, L'Chaim's son Dreidel informs Dewey of his popularity with young listeners through rapper Lil' Nutzzak's sampling of "Walk Hard." With John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, David Krumholtz, Nat Faxon. I will walk hard. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) Knocked Up (2007) Jenna Fischer. Promotional poster, satirizing the famous. I could actually see that happening in real life with my brother and I would be the one cut in half. Voila! John C. Reilly sang on all the tracks and played guitar on most of them. The creators of Walk Hard understood that a fake biopic wouldn’t have worked without real music to counterbalance the concept’s ... It’s the end of the movie. The movie provided a pretty solid transfer. They then began writing the film together. IIRC general audiences didn't get the movie's sense of humor initially. Scream is a 1996 American satirical slasher film directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson.The film stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore.Released on December 20, it follows the character of Sidney Prescott (Campbell), a high school student in the fictional town of Woodsboro, … all the answers keep saying the movie was a spoof. [15], Along with a backing band "The Hardwalkers", Reilly made seven musical appearances as Dewey Cox in the weeks prior to the film's release date.[16]. A 14-year-old Dewey leaves Springberry with his 12-year-old girlfriend Edith; they soon marry and have a baby. One thing leads to another and Dewey accidentally cuts him in half with a machete. The Story: A spoof of biopics, following the life of fictional rock star Dewey Cox. When you watch the movie, The scene of The real dewey cox with the picture of him dosnt show up. The film has since become a cult classic.[3]. Reviewed by Colin Jacobson: Despite my hopes that it’d provide a great little parody, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story only occasionally entertains. The movie begins with Dewey and his brother playing around. Dewey Cox (1936 - 2007) was a fictional American singer-songwriter, played in the movie Walk Hard by actor and singer John C. Reilly. [4] Antonio Ortiz wrote "Take My Hand". It was a good concept, but poorly made. Dewey’s austere beginnings -- marked by the sour results of a childhood machete fight -- give rise to megastardom and the backstage indulgences we demand from our rock biopics. Working at an all-African American nightclub, Dewey replaces singer Bobby Shad onstage and impresses Hasidic Jew record executive L'Chaim. I especially didn't wanna see a tallywacker for as long as I did. Pa Cox again tells 14 year-old Dewey, The wrong son died. Get your answers by asking now. Is it just me or is Are you Afraid of the Dark (2019) a lot like Something Wicked this way comes? "Walk Hard" is an entertaining movie but sadly it never lives up to its potential. A desperate Dewey performs "Walk Hard," a song inspired by a speech he gave Edith, which restores the executive's belief in Judaism and rockets Dewey to superstardom. The film was released in North America on December 21, 2007. Finally, the Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story script is here for all you fans of the John C. Reilly movie. In the 1970s, Dewey now hosts a CBS variety television show but is unable to compose a masterpiece for his brother (in the director's cut, Dewey remarries again, this time to Cheryl Tiegs). He soon performs his first concert as the following act to Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and The Big Bopper. Hiatt, Brian (2007-08-09), "The Next 'Spinal Tap'?". Directed by Jake Kasdan. ", A title card reveals that Dewey died three minutes after this final performance, which then also reads (as a still of his fatal heart attack is shown) "Dewford Randolph Cox, 1936–2007.". Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. [4] The tongue-in-cheek references in this fake biopic were drawn from various sources. This puppy is a transcript that was painstakingly transcribed using the screenplay and/or viewings of the movie to get the dialogue. The creators of Walk Hard understood that a fake biopic wouldn’t have worked without real music to counterbalance the concept’s ... It’s the end of the movie. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan, and written by Kasdan and co-producer Judd Apatow. Version 4, edited by borgy on 14 January 2012, 5:13am I remembered his spirited performance in Chicago, his treacherously villainous persona in Gangs of New York, even his goofily, yet hilarious, portrayal of a dimwit NASCAR driver in Talladega Nights. Which could leave Hollywood in a panic tailspin into rewrite hell this winter, or at least potentially stalled in script-by-committee mode. [4] The "deliberate miscasting" of celebrity cameos, such as Elvis Presley and the Beatles, was intended to enhance the comedy. Next week at The Dissolve, we’ll do our best to comprehend the transcendent energy of Dewey Cox, starting with my Keynote Tuesday on how Walk Hard squares the biopic with real artist [14] In the opening weekend, 263,001 DVD units were sold, generating revenue of $5,110,109. View wiki "[11], Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine wrote: "The tricky thing about parody movies is that the jokes get old fast and they're hit-and-miss. Starring: John C. Reilly. I KNOW that the movie is not real. Join Yahoo Answers and get 100 points today. [7] The film's poster is a reference to the "young lion" photos of Jim Morrison. I saw it in theaters upon release only because one member in my group of friends insisted that we all go, and I found it enjoyable but too broad. But the character also includes elements of the lives and careers of other notable musicians including Roy Orbison, Glen Campbell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Donovan, John Lennon, James Brown, Jim Morrison, Conway Twitty, Neil Diamond, Hank Williams, and Brian Wilson.