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by Chris on 6/11/2012

John C. Reilly almost puts me in tears laughing! I wish Will Ferrell was in it with him, but regardless this is a fantastic movie I can watch over and over again!

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Singer dewey cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.


Studio Sony
SKU 206898455
UPC 043396250789
UPC 14 00043396250789
Format DVD
Release Date 5/17/2011
Rating UR
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Reilly,John C.
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Cast & Crew
Chris Parnell - Actor
Domenic Silvestri - Art Director
Frankie Muniz - Actor
Harold Ramis - Actor
Jack Black - Actor
Jake Kasdan - Director
Jake Kasdan - Writer
Jason Schwartzman - Actor
Jefferson Sage - Production Designer
Jenna Fischer - Actor
John C. Reilly - Actor
Jonah Hill - Actor
Judd Apatow - Writer
Judd Apatow, et. al. - Producer
Justin Long - Actor
Kristen Wiig - Actor
Michael Andrews - Original Music By
Paul Rudd - Actor
Steve Welch - Editor
Tara Timpone - Editor
Tim Meadows - Actor
Uta Briesewitz - Cinematographer
Nominee (2008) Golden Globe, Marshall Crenshaw, et. al., Best Original Song - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, John C. Reilly, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review If nothing else, at least it can be said that Walk Hard is not just another lame, humorless attempt at lampooning a popular genre. Perhaps due to the co-authorship of Judd Apatow or perhaps because Jake Kasdan aspires to be more than this generation's version of ZAZ (see: Airplane!, The Naked Gun), this film works better than the countless recent failures to come before it. That's not to say it's comedic brilliance. A lot of the jokes don't work. There are times when the movie spins its wheels. And the songs are rarely funny or clever enough. But there are laughs to be had and, perhaps surprisingly, I found myself caring a little about the character of Dewey Cox as the story develops. Sure, he's a walking collection of cobbled together cliches, but John C. Reilly provides him with a human quality that never gets lost amidst all the physical comedy and double entendres...Walk Hard is a disposable film that offers its share of small pleasures and amusements. It's not a great picture or even an especially good one but it can provide an alternative to the wave of serious dramatic movies that are rolling into multiplexes at this time of year...For those who enjoy the saturation style of humor and appreciate the way in which parody is not pushed too far into the absurd, Walk Hard is not without merit.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Apart from anything else demonstrated by "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," the movie shows that [John C. Reilly] can do plausible versions of Johnny Cash, Elvis, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and on and on. He's like a kid who locked himself in his room singing along with his record collection and finally made it pay off...The movie is a spoof of rock-star biopics, most obviously "Walk the Line," which borrows the element of the wife at home and the affair with the backup singer on the road. There's also a lift from "Ray," who, you may remember, was blamed for letting his little brother drown. Dewey Cox is out in the barn playing with machetes with his own brother one day when he inadvertently slices him in half. Fatally? The doctor observes: "It's a particularly bad case of somebody being cut in half"...The movie, directed by Jake Kasdan, was co-written by Kasdan and the productive Judd Apatow ("Superbad"), and they do an interesting thing: Instead of sending everything over the top at high energy, like "Top Secret" or "Airplane!," they allow Reilly to more or less actually play the character, so that, against all expectations, some scenes actually approach real sentiment. Reilly is required to walk a tightrope; is he suffering or kidding suffering, or kidding suffering about suffering? That we're not sure adds to the appeal.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Unrated, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced, Rated R
Product Attributes
Actor Reilly,John C.
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Claudia Puig, USA Today This rowdy spoof of music biopics is silly fun and often hilarious.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News ...the humor is so outrageous, the original music so much fun and Reilly so good...that it's irresistible.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Smart and genial satire.
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter A pitch-perfect musical comedy...
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun zings along on perfectly pitched overstatement.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle For pure, uncomplicated enjoyment, it's the movie to see right now.
Richard Schickel, Time Not since "This is Spinal Tap" have I had such a good time watching amiable idiocy stumble on toward uncertain glory.

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