A COCK AND BULL STORY Reilly
"Basically, you were thinking about cocks in the middle of the night," actor John C. Reilly joked with writer/director Jake Kasdan during a screening and Q&A of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Dec. 21) Tuesday night. And so what? If that's what was needed for Kasdan to up and write (with Judd Apatow) this hilarious, far-reaching spoof of the usually lame music-biopic genre, then bring on the dicks!
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The movie—it could be mistaken for a musical—focuses on the life of Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly), a farm kid who grows up to be a chart-topping musician struggling to keep his high-flying career afloat. There's the egregious drug use. There's the philandering. There's the beautiful, unprecedented ego. The film dashes through countless absurd scenarios (spoiler: children sliced in half with a machete by their own brothers) and implausibly quick plot progressions (non-spoiler: seven-year-olds learning how to play authentic blues in about two seconds), all of which deliver on the promise of its epic trailer. But as with any comedy of this nature, don't expect the world ... and you just might get it.