Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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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

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


Conner Rayburn

Dewey – Age 8

Chip Hormess


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


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


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

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

Technical Specs



(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.


[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.

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.