Yet another Apatow production… this one co-written by Judd with Jake Kasdan (who directed). A parody of musical biopics, Walk Hard is many steps above the Scary Movie see-what-sticks approach, opting for more nuance. Don’t get me wrong, though… there are huge laughs here, and some truly absurd moments (such as when young Dewey Cox accidentally cuts his brother in half with a machete and the severed boy shouts out “You halved me!”).
The film is mostly a take-off on Walk the Line, following the Johnny Cash template precisely, including the doubting first wife, flirtation with a good-old-girl (played by the very sexy Jenna Fischer), prison term, descent into drug addiction, rehab and ultimate redemption. But I was more amused by the musical tangents, like Cox’s meditation session with The Beatles (hilariously played by Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Jason Schwartzman and Justin Long) or his stint as a Dylan-esque folk singer (the spot-on Dylan parody song gave me my biggest laugh in the whole movie).
Overall, the film (necessarily) lacks the spark of truth that makes Apatow’s best films so special. But it’s a lot of fun, and there’s certainly something to be said for that.