11 thoughts on “TBT: Walk Hard (2007)

  1. Not eligible under Frock Flick rules, but I prefer “Weird,” about Weird Al (played by Daniel Radcliffe!), his rise to fame, his crash, and those he met on the way.

  2. It is a very rare day when me or my partner don’t swap quotes from this film. We love it SO much and, yes, it has completely improved/ruined the ability to watch music biopics seriously.

    1. I’ve never met anyone else who loves this movie as much as I do! I’m among my people and I feel seen!

  3. I watched this instead of “Walk The Line.” I don’t regret my choice.

    I lost count of Dewey’s kids around 20. The whole film was hysterical.

  4. No, I’ve never seen this movie, but after reading this post I might watch it! But I’m pretty sure my dad and/or at least one of my uncles had that velour track suit.

  5. And you never once paid for drugs. Not once!

    Speaking of the formula, someone else did a [video] essay about this too.
    Patrick (H) Willems made a video called “The Broken Formula of Music Biopics” where he pointed out Walk Hard was perfectly taking the piss out of this format and filmmakers still do it.

  6. This movie is a treasure. It made me fall in love with John C Reilly. Hell it made me fall in love with Jenna Fischer. Also, the song at the finale was actually stellar and transcends the whole send up of the musician biopic so much so that it actually goes so over the top that it goes up over the the top like an out of control swing on a swing set and comes back down and returns as a genuine, biopic of an actual historical musician. I mean, by the end you’re not even sure Dewey Cox was a fictional person. Are you? ARE YOU?

  7. I suspect that fictionalised docu-dramas of the sort this film robustly mocks continue to be made for the same reason that people keep making Austen adaptations and Tudor melodramas: people like them.

    It also bears remembering that every stage production, feature film, TV show or any other series attempting to adapt history to entertain and (if possible) educate has been ignoring the inconvenient details since Shakespeare at the very least (Actually I’d put money on Aristophanes getting there first with THE PERSIANS), so there’s no reason Rockstar Dramas can’t be enjoyed when played for satire or played straight down the line.

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