Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Theatrical Release: December 21, 2007
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story


Life made him tough. Love made him strong. Music made him hard.

In Columbia Pictures’ new comedy “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” co-written and produced by Judd Apatow (“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”; “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”) and co-written, produced, and directed by Jake Kasdan, John C. Reilly stars as the larger-than-life musician and songwriter Dewey Cox.

America loves Cox! But behind the music is the up-and-down-and-up-again story of a musician whose songs would change a nation. On his rock ‘n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 22 kids and 14 stepkids, 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 (Jenna Fischer).

Dove Review

This film is a humorous tale about a fictional character who is the blended personalities of several famous musicians throughout history. The film is very “laugh out loud” funny. The themes of this film however are extremely mature. From the language to the full frontal nudity, this film explores the full spectrum of the R rating. Due to this content, “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” cannot be awarded our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Men and Women are shown dancing erotically, mimicking sexual positions; numerous adultery moments; Dewey shown having sex with a woman several times (not married); several sexual conversations throughout the film; Dewey has sex with his wife Darlene.
Language: A-1; B-1; S-16; F-20; H-1; GD-2; Slang for male genitalia-3; Slang for female genitalia-1
Violence: Dewey’s brother Nate gets sliced in half by a machete; a large fight breaks out and a pastor gets punched in the face; Darlene kicks Dewey in the groin; Dewey and his father begin to fight with machetes and the father cuts himself in half; Dave punches Dewey in the face.
Drugs: Numerous drug usage throughout the film (marijuana, cocaine, LSD, etc…); people shown drinking alcohol; cigarette smoking.
Nudity: Teenage girls rip shirts off to reveal bras; a hotel room scene is shown with both males and females completely nude (full frontal shown); several scenes of full frontal nudity of both males and females; Tribal men are shown wearing no shirts; Dewey is shown in his underpants in several scenes.
Other: A man is shown throwing up; numerous racial slurs throughout the film; a woman falls out the window and dies; a song using sexually explicit verbiage; Dewey married Darlene while he is still married to his wife Edith; Dewey sings a song about midgets.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan
Director: Jake Kasdan
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 92 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Candice Moore