Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

December 21st, 2007


Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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Still of John C. Reilly in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryStill of John C. Reilly, Frankie Muniz and Ed Helms in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryJustin Long at event of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryStill of John C. Reilly in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryStill of John C. Reilly in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryStill of John C. Reilly in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.7/10 (35,041 voted)

Critic's Score: 63/100

Director: Jake Kasdan

Stars: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, David Krumholtz

The up-and-down-and-up-again story of musician Dewey Cox, whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 36 kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to - and then kicks - every drug known to man; but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman - longtime backup singer Darlene.

Writers: Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan

Nat Faxon - Awards Show Stage Manager
John C. Reilly - Dewey Cox
Tim Meadows - Sam
Conner Rayburn - Dewey - Age 8
Chip Hormess - Nate
Raymond J. Barry - Pa Cox
Terrence Beasor - Country Doctor
Margo Martindale - Ma Cox
Honeyboy Edwards - Old Bluesman (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
Gerry Black - Harmonica Player
Aron Johnson - Teenage Band
Jack Donovan Saperstein - Teenage Band (as Jack Saperstein)
Taylor Hubert - Teenage Band (as Taylor Jamison Hubert)
Christopher Hurt - Teenage Band
Matt Price - MC

Taglines: Life made him tough. Love made him strong. Music made him hard.


Official Website: Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 21 December 2007

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,257,174 (USA) (23 December 2007) (2650 Screens)

Gross: $18,317,151 (USA) (13 January 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (extended edition)

Did You Know?

Dewey Cox breaks six sinks throughout the entire movie.

Revealing mistakes: When Dewey's first wife is holding two babies telling him that he doesn't spend enough time with his kids, you can clearly see that one of the babies is a doll.

Preacher: [referring to Dewey's Take my Hand song] You think we don't know what you're talking about when you say "take my hand"?
Dewey Cox: What do you mean? It's about holding hands.
Pa Cox: You watch your mouth.
Preacher: You know who's got hands? The devil. And he uses them for holding.

User Review

Different style but another great one from Apatow gang

Rating: 9/10

As a huge fan of the previous Apatow movies, I drove recklessly through traffic to make it into an early screening of Walk Hard, and I'm happy I did. I think this movie is a different direction for Judd and his band, as it is more similar to Airplane in style than it is to Knocked Up. But that impressed me that they took that risk and made it work -- and it definitely worked as me and the rest of the theatre were laughing with regularity.

Without getting too much into the details of the movie because I hate spoilers, the thing that made this movie great to me was the unexpected humor. Like Airplane, there are a lot of times when you just don't see the next line coming, and those are the best laughs. Besides John C. Reilly in the lead role, who obviously got a lot of the funniest lines, Tim Meadows as Dewey Cox's drummer really cracked me up, and Paul Rudd as Jon Lennon cracked up the entire theatre.

It was definitely one of those movies where you're recalling a lot of funny parts a day later. So while it may be a different type of movie than the Apatow groups' other work, the sense of funny is still there, and I think this is up there with the best comedies of the year.


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