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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007 ****

Parody films are notoriously hard to pull off; Judd Apatow managed on of the best with this delicious bio-pic of the fictitious singer Dewey Cox, played by John C Reilly, who can carry a tune well in his own right. Working closely from a template established by Ray and Walk The Line, Jake Kasdan’s hilarious film is bolstered by a swathe of pitch perfect parodies, ranging from Bob Dylan to The Beach Boys. Reilly’s turn as Cox is brilliant, smashing sinks every time he’s annoyed, getting turned onto every drug imaginable, but still retaining his home-spun affection for his sweetheart Darlene (Jenna Fischer). With more laughs in each five minute segment that many comics manage in their career, it’s surprising that Walk Hard wasn’t a hit; perhaps the digital age will see this treasure trove of comedy re-discovered.


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