Walk Hard, The Dewey Cox Story makes Spinal Tap look like it a minor operation. This DVD is brilliant, extraordinary original, fantastic, hilarious, and sublime. It is one of the many great comedies featured in Mill Creek Entertainment's Comedy 20 Movie Collection. A complete list is featured at the bottom of this review.
It is clear in the first few minutes Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is going to be a smart, over the top mocking of both musical biopics and movies about the music business as it nails every single one of its targets and moments right from the start
One of the many reasons this comedy works is it does not waste any time yet covers a lot of story and elements of musical biopics. In the first seven minutes, Dewey Cox has gone through a great tragedy and, the very same day, learned to play the blues in 5 seconds flat. In another movie, this would be unbelievable. Here, it is just part of why the movie works.
It is not a spoiler to say the basic biographical movie arc is here: rise to fame, crashing, and a rediscovery by the music world and new found and better appreciated fame. It is how it is done in this comedy that makes it all worth while.
Fans of movies about musicians like Ray, The Buddy Holly Story, La Bamba, Coal Miner's Daughter, Walk The Line, or Great Balls of Fire who have a sense of humor will cherish the many spoofs and tips of the hats to these movies.
If you are not familiar with these movies, Walk Hard just plain works because of John C. Reilly's acting, a wickedly intelligent and funny script (Judd Apatow), and brilliant directing that knows where all the laughs are and does not milk a single one.
A fun part of this movie is playing the spot the fake cameo by a dead rock and roll celebrity (Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Lennon, Harrison, etc). The lyrics to the songs are also some of the best in the comedy song business: "In my dreams you're blowin' me ... some kisses. / You and I could go down ... in history. Let's duet. In ways that make us feel good."
The other movies included in Mill Creek Entertainment's Ccomedy 20 Movie Collection are:
Punchline (1988) / R Sally Field, Tom Hanks
Postcards from the Edge (1990) / R Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid
Hollywood Homicide (2003) / R Harrison Ford, Josh Harnett, Lena Olin, Lolita Davidovich
Hudson Hawk (1991) / R Bruce Willis, Andie MacDowell, Danny Aiello
The Freshman (1990) / PG Matthew Broderick. Marlon Brando, Bruno Kirby
Cops and Robbersons (1994) / PG Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Dianne Wiest
Threesome (1994) / R Lara Flynn Boyle, Stephen Baldwin, Josh Charles
Wilder Napalm (1993) / PG-13 Debra Winger, Dennis Quaid, Arliss Howard
The Velocity of Gary (1998) / R Vincent D Onofrio, Salma Hayek, Thomas Jayne
Go! (1999) / R William Fichtner, Katie Holmes, Jay Mohr, Sarah Polley, Scott Wolf
Hexed (1993) / R Arye Gross, Claudia Christian
Jersey Girl (1992) / PG-13 Dylan McDermott, Jami Gertz, Sheryl Lee
The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human (1999) / R Mackenzie Astin, Carmen Electra,
The Suburbans (1999) / R Jennifer Love Hewitt, Craig Bierko, Amy Brenneman, Will Ferrell
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) / R John C. Reilly, Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows
The Brothers Solomon (2007) / R Will Arnett, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig
Just Add Water (2008) / R Dylan Walsh, Jonah Hill, Danny Devito
Can't Hardly Wait (1998) / PG-13 Ethan Embry, Seth Green, Jennifer Love Hewitt
High School High (1996) / PG-13 Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, Mekhi Phifer
Dancer, Texas - Pop. 81 (1998) / PG Breckin Meyer, Peter Facinelli, Eddie Mills II