My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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(out of 5)


Towards the end of his life, singer Dewey Cox () is about to go on stage and perform his last big song but finds he needs to take a moment. Cox, we find out from his long time collaborator, can’t go on without thinking about his entire life first. We flash back to his childhood, when Cox accidentally macheted his much more talented and worthy brother in half and inspired the lifelong hatred of his father (). From there this piss-funny spoof takes us through further cliches of musical biopics as it tears apart the self-important pomp of movies like Ray and Walk The Line. Dewey does it all, from early, troubled marriage (“I’m your 12 year-old bride!”) to drug addiction (and what the hell could be funnier than the scene where he learns about pot), a second, sexier wife () and the eventual redemption that comes to all wayward artists. Reilly is fully loaded throughout, giving a performance that is never silly but always really, really funny. The film itself does a terrific job of making fun of a particular type of movie while actually being that type of movie: rich cinematography, impressive production design and, best of all, a magnificent score that includes the wonderful title song.


Apatow Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, GH Three, Nominated Films, Relativity Media

USA, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by , Jake Kasdan

Cinematography by

Produced by Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Golden Globe Awards 2007

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