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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a Judd Apatow comedy about a fictional singer named Dewey Cox. John C. Reilly plays Dewey Cox, a gifted but dimwitted musician trying to create his masterpiece, a song that sums up everything he’s learned about life. It’s pretty much a direct parody of Walk the Line, but it also spoofs biopics in general.

Walk Hard begins with little Dewey Cox accidently cutting his brother in half, and his father spends the next few years reminding him that “the wrong kid died.” This childhood trauma propels Dewey’s desire to prove that he’s worth something and win his father’s approval. He’s a natural at the guitar and soon begins his rise to the top. The film follows Dewey’s life as a rockstar: meeting women, having kids, doing drugs, going to rehab, changing his sound to reflect the current decade, all that fun stuff.

The humor is not for everyone. I know people who can’t make it five minutes into the film without turning it off. Personally, I think it’s one of the funniest movies of the last ten years. There are a lot of absurd moments and intentionally horrible casting, but John C. Reilly is able to make Dewey seem like a real person. His lyrics might be stupid, but to him they’re sincere and more importantly they are consistent to his character. He’s a poet who uses terrible metaphors and believes in what he thinks he knows. And John C. Reilly actually sang all his songs.

There’s a great supporting cast and tons of cameos: Jenna Fischer, Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Jack Black, Justin Long, David Schwartzman, Frankie Muniz, Jack White, Eddie Vedder, the Temptations… the list goes on and on. I like this movie a lot. I still quote this movie more than I should. And I also bought the soundtrack. The iTunes exclusive extended edition in fact. I don’t regret it.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut is a movie based on the hit TV show. And half the title is a penis joke. Most TV shows only get a movie after they’ve been cancelled or towards the end of their run, but they started developing this movie during the first season. This was my first introduction to South Park. I hadn’t even seen an episode before watching the movie. It was almost too much to grasp. It was howlingly funny, shockingly stupid, and a bona fide musical.

            I remember buying the soundtrack and making my mom listen to it as she shuttled me around. The songs are actually good. The lyrics are absurd, but this is one of the best musical comedies of the last thirty years. I can’t really think of that many musical comedies, but that’s beside the point.

To sum up the plot: The kids of South Park go crazy after seeing the Terrance and Phillip movie. Kyle’s mom is a bitch and declares war on Canada and Terrance and Phillip. Kenny dies and goes to Hell and finds out that Satan and Saddam Hussein plan on taking over the world when Terrance and Phillip’s blood is spilled on American soil. It’s up to Stan, Kyle, and Cartman to lead La Resistance and save the world.

Watching the movie is like revisiting old friends like Terrance and Phillip, Chef, Big Gay Al and Mr. Hat. They even introduce one-time memorable characters like The Mole. South Park has changed a lot from the early seasons. You can really see how much the show has evolved. The South Park movie is essential viewing for any South Park fan, even though it feels kind of dated now. It’s still hilarious, but it seems kind of tame when compared to the more recent seasons. It would be interesting to see how they would handle another South Park movie.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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