1 hour, 36 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language.
Closed Caption; Deleted & extended scenes; 8 full song performances; Line-o-rama; The music of Walk Hard; The real Dewey Cox; Commentary with Jake Kasdan, Judd Apatow, John C. Reily and Lew Morton; Extended footage not seen in theatres; More deleted & extended scenes; 8 additional full song performances; A Christmas song from Dewey Cox; Cox sausage commercial with outtakes; Song demos; The making of Walk Hard; The last word with John Hodgman
John C. Reilly ... Dewey Cox
Jenna Fischer ... Darlene Madison
Raymond J. Barry ... Pa Cox
Margo Martindale ... Ma Cox
Kristen Wiig ... Edith
Chip Hormess ... Nate
Conner Rayburn ... Dewey (Age 8)
Tim Meadows ... Sam
Chris Parnell ... Theo
Matt Besser ... Dave
David Krumholtz ... Schwartzberg
After the death of his talented brother in a tragic machete-fighting incident, Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly "Chicago") was left with his brother’s final words “Dewey, you've got to be double great for the both of us.” These words inspired the young Cox to sing the blues at only 14 when he first performed in a high school talent show playing a few rock tunes that really got the kids excited. That's also where he met his first wife Edith (Kristen Wiig), and followed up by going on the road with his group.
Over the years, Dewey followed all the biggest musical trends. After a while his marriage to Edith ended when he married his backup singer Darlene (Jenna Fischer) without benefit of a divorce. From the 70’s on, Dewey’s career hit a lull due to his drug addiction and decreased musical output. But now Cox is back.
Inspired by those successful musical biographies such as "Ray" and "Walk the Line," the film was co-written Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up") and co-writer/director Jake Kasdan ("The TV Set"). Taking those films as inspiration, they use Dewey Cox to poke fun at just about every convention of all those biopics as well as almost all the musical trends of the past 50 years.
John C. Reilly finally gets the chance to be the star of a movie and funny too after years of more serious roles. Although the movie is intended to be a parody, Reilly’s singing is still highly credible. The music itself, were it not for the silly lyrics, would be nearly indistinguishable from the classics they are spoofing. And just about every musical legend is parodied, from Elvis (played by Jack White) to The Beatles in India where they introduce Cox to LSD. Jack Black ("King Kong") plays Paul, Paul Rudd ("Knocked Up") is John, Jason Schwartzman ("Marie Antoinette") is Ringo and Justin Long ("Live Free or Die Hard") is George Harrison. This is obviously the worst casting of The Beatles ever, but it was planned that way. Music aficionados will also notice more subtle jabs at everyone from Johnny Cash to Brian Wilson.
It's the great ensemble cast, a rambunctious and funny screenplay, great music and staging and a solid performance by John C. Reilly that make "Walk Hard" really worth seeing.