Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a spoof of the life of Johnny Cash, loosely following the film, Walk the Line. While it's always a challenge to successfully pull of a spoof, this one does a worse job than most, and falls flat on its face.

First of all, I'm not even sure where they came up with the name Dewey Cox (played by John C. Reilly), but it's annoying. All the characters are as deep as a movie cutout figure, complete with plastered down hair. While at first, the double entendre songs are entertaining, but within a short while, they were grating on my nerves as well, despite liberal use of the remote control's fast forward button for the DVD player. Finally, pushing the limits of what can be on a screen, even for a movie rated R, there were some rather exposing scenes that made this film completely inappropriate for family viewing. Sure, the 60's were all about peace, love and understanding, but quite often the suggestion of something is a lot more interesting than showing the whole thing, especially when it doesn't contribute or add to anything.

Was there anything good about this? Well, unfortunately, before we write Walk Hard off, there were. The scene with Dewey sitting around with The Beatles was actually kind of cute. Also, the scene where Dewey goes through his Bob Dylan stage was also hilarious as the performed song was this mish mash of multiple Dylan tunes.

Unfortunately though, a few clips, more suitable for a viral video on YouTube, does not quality cinema make. Even accounting for the few funny parts, on the balance, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story isn't worth the time to view.

Overall Grade: C-

Reviewed by Jonas

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