John C. Reilly stole Will Ferrell's career - a Walk Hard thread

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Written by Judd Apatow, directed by Jake Kasdan (who did F&G and Undeclared episodes).

http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/walkhard/high.html

milo z, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:06 (twelve years ago) link

Jack White playing Bruce Campbell playing Elvis?

milo z, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:09 (twelve years ago) link

i knew this would be a morbius thread.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:10 (twelve years ago) link

this doesn't sound very interesting

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:10 (twelve years ago) link

hahaha Jack White as Elvis? Paul Rudd as John Lennon?? this looks AWESOME. xpost

stevie, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:14 (twelve years ago) link

Don't know how good it'll be overall but I love the roasting of biopic conventions in the trailer, especially "Give him a minute son, Dewey Cox needs to think about his whole life before he plays," and Lennon going "With meditation there's no limit to what we can imagine."

I like Jake Kasdan, at least based on Zero Effect, Orange County was lame and I never saw The TV Set.

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:18 (twelve years ago) link

i am seeing this soon and i am stoked for it.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:18 (twelve years ago) link

is he the son of lawrence?

stevie, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:19 (twelve years ago) link

xpost

stevie, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:19 (twelve years ago) link

yup

remy bean, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:20 (twelve years ago) link

all is forgiven, morbius

omar little, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:22 (twelve years ago) link

preview was terrible

jergïns, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:29 (twelve years ago) link

liking this movie might depend on how much you're entertained by stuff like this.

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:40 (twelve years ago) link

Come on Hitler, I'll buy you a glass of lemonade.

jaymc, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:42 (twelve years ago) link

I hate biopics. almost as much as sports movies.

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:44 (twelve years ago) link

wow, can anyone even remember 'the aviator'? was there a single scene that stayed in the mind for more than a couple days?

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:44 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, the one where his room is full of jars of his own pee and covered in tape or whatever

El Tomboto, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:46 (twelve years ago) link

i didn't want that memory.

cate blanchett scrubbed up nicely, but otherwise ech.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:47 (twelve years ago) link

I hate biopics. almost as much as sports movies.

-- Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, November 1, 2007 6:44 PM (3 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

THEN PERHAPS YOU MIGHT LIKE A MOVIE THAT IS MAKING FUN OF BIOPICS

n/a, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:48 (twelve years ago) link

huh

n/a, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:48 (twelve years ago) link

Anyways, preview is not very good but unlike the sourpusses on this thread I will remain optimistic because it is a genre ripe for parody and I like a lot of the people involved. Thanks.

n/a, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:49 (twelve years ago) link

pre-empted as a critique of the Musician Horseshit Biopic by I'm Not There

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:50 (twelve years ago) link

previews are for shit, almost universally. anything with a plot: they tell you the fucking plot. comedies give you (watered down versions of) the most obvious jokes.

good point morbs: no-one has ever spoofed the musician biopic before.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:51 (twelve years ago) link

i though the preview was funny

remy bean, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:52 (twelve years ago) link

pre-empted as a critique of the Musician Horseshit Biopic by I'm Not There

-- Dr Morbius, Thursday, November 1, 2007 6:50 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

Who gives a shit?

n/a, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

(serious question)

n/a, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

im sure the existence of im not there will make the jokes in this goofy comedy much less funny.

ha xp

s1ocki, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

maybe I'm juvenile for laughing at "It doesn't say Cox unless I say it tastes like Cox!"

milo z, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:55 (twelve years ago) link

i thought the patrick duffy & elvis scenes were hilarious

deeznuts, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:56 (twelve years ago) link

one thing that i kinda lliek about this movie is that they're casting all the "famous people" roles rather than forrest gumping it or making up composite characters.

s1ocki, Thursday, 1 November 2007 18:58 (twelve years ago) link

You can just say "Across the Universing it"

nabisco, Thursday, 1 November 2007 19:13 (twelve years ago) link

this looks fucking awesome. john c reilly kicks ass.
http://www.brulesrules.com/Logo2.gif
for your health!

chaki, Thursday, 1 November 2007 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

how can this fail?

http://cache.defamer.com/assets/resources/2007/11/dewey-cox-thr.jpg

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Sunday, 11 November 2007 14:39 (twelve years ago) link

this looks funny to me.

latebloomer, Sunday, 11 November 2007 14:44 (twelve years ago) link

one thing that i kinda lliek about this movie is that they're casting all the "famous people" roles rather than forrest gumping it or making up composite characters.

-- s1ocki, Thursday, November 1, 2007 6:58 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Link

otm. paul rudd as john lennon!

latebloomer, Sunday, 11 November 2007 14:45 (twelve years ago) link

I'd be more excited about this if I hadn't seen the TV Set, but I'm really psyched to see John C. Reilly go for this.

da croupier, Monday, 12 November 2007 03:23 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

this is really fucking funny.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 09:29 (twelve years ago) link

How funny we talkin? Funniest of the year kind of funny?

Cosmo Vitelli, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 10:06 (twelve years ago) link

fucking end-of-year-lists mentality!

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 10:31 (twelve years ago) link

I'm looking forward to this more than anything else from Apatoworld this year.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 13:51 (twelve years ago) link

this just sorta looks like a wayans brother movie to me so far...i hope im wrong.

ryan, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 14:13 (twelve years ago) link

no, they're not releasing Musician Biography Movie until next summer.

Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 15:56 (twelve years ago) link

it includes a great spoof of 'dont look back'.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 16:59 (twelve years ago) link

i really really want to see this so bad

latebloomer, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 17:00 (twelve years ago) link

Fully stoked! And John C. Reilly can actually act whereas Will Farrell is an embarrassment solid through.

Abbott, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 19:19 (twelve years ago) link

the first ten minutes of the film shown here for free!!

http://movies.ign.com/articles/840/840333p1.html

latebloomer, Saturday, 8 December 2007 05:00 (twelve years ago) link

"Dewey, I've been halved!"

latebloomer, Saturday, 8 December 2007 05:01 (twelve years ago) link

That clip definitely reaffirms what a dull director Jake Kasdan can be and that the film is too high-concept to offer the kind of non-stop riffing "from the folks that brought you Knocked Up And Superbad" implies, but I laughed enough that I'll definitely still be checking it out.

da croupier, Saturday, 8 December 2007 05:24 (twelve years ago) link

I love biopic parodies. I've been wanting to do one about Abe Lincoln forever!

"Young Abraham Gironomo Lincoln, born to a family of poor immigrant grape-squashers in Illinois wine country, heads off to battle in the Civil War and comes home a war hero. Emboldened by his newfound celebrity, he starts on a campaign for the White House, running against John Wilkes Booth, an actor-turned politician. Musical score by The Aphex Twins."

latebloomer, Saturday, 8 December 2007 05:37 (twelve years ago) link

basically my mind was warped by Yahoo Serious at a very young age

latebloomer, Saturday, 8 December 2007 05:38 (twelve years ago) link

i can't really argue that it's a mess but i love it so much.

matt h. (M@tt He1ges0n), Saturday, 27 June 2009 15:55 (eleven years ago) link

running, and crap, joke with friends is to shout "the wrong kid died" if Jim Belushi comes on the television.

the shock will be coupled with the need to dance (jim), Saturday, 27 June 2009 16:11 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

there is no John C. Reilly thread so I'll just say this here

Cyrus was a really annoying movie

a man is only a guy (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 7 July 2011 16:37 (nine years ago) link

lol @ this thread's title

some dude, Thursday, 7 July 2011 16:45 (nine years ago) link

running, and crap, joke with friends is to shout "the wrong kid died" if Jim Belushi comes on the television.

― the shock will be coupled with the need to dance (jim), Saturday, June 27, 2009 12:11 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark

every time i watch Justified i just want Raylan's dad to say it

some dude, Thursday, 7 July 2011 16:46 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

Interviewed about music. Good story:

I was at some charity event. One of these big Oscar party type of things. And I think it was a party that Elton John throws for AIDS research or whatever, and it’s one of those parties where you go in and it’s super stressful because literally any time you bump into someone it’s Tom Cruise, or Tom Hanks, or Kirk Douglas, one of those type of parties.

Yeah, one of those types of parties.
People think, oh, you’re famous, so those are your type of people. But I really don’t feel like those are my type of people. I feel like an imposter in the room whenever I’m at anything like that, or ceremonies, or whatever. Those things stress me out. But we were invited so I went with my wife, and we walk in and we’re starving because we’d already been to a few other things before we had gotten there. So we’re like, “Let’s just get some food, and not freak out and try to talk to every single person we see. Let’s just get food, calm down, eat, and see if we know anyone here.” So we get big plates of food, and we’re looking for somewhere to sit. Everywhere was full, but we spotted two spots.

So we go and sit down and I slide over with my big plate of food and my wife sits next to me and I take a big bite of prime rib, and I turn, and I’m literally shoulder to shoulder with Elton John. He’s like, *adopts British Elton John voice*, “Oh, you’ve decided to sit down next to me with your plate of food.” And I was like, “Oh, FUCK! God damnit. This is not how I wanted this to go!” But I was starving, and it was like, what’s more awkward? Getting up with a plate of food and walking away? Or just trying to just calmly eat your food and at some point mid-plate full, I said something like, “I’m a huge fan.” And he was just like, “Oh, well, of course.” Like, yeah, that’s obvious, every single person says that to me almost every day.

That's So (Eazy), Thursday, 27 March 2014 20:44 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

this movie is pretty clearly the best thing Apatow ever touched, thank christ he didn't direct it

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Wednesday, 13 January 2016 04:06 (four years ago) link

I thought you were reviving this because of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpQBxSD1l9E

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 06:00 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

iiiijjjj thoroughly OTM

El Tomboto, Sunday, 22 May 2016 03:11 (four years ago) link

I also liked that all of the Beatles went uncredited

El Tomboto, Sunday, 22 May 2016 03:13 (four years ago) link

people who don't like ths movie are dumb and also wrong

qualx, Sunday, 22 May 2016 03:19 (four years ago) link

it's like if Spinal Tap was made without jokes

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 22 May 2016 16:31 (four years ago) link

I'm gonna beat off
All my demons

El Tomboto, Sunday, 22 May 2016 16:41 (four years ago) link

Freaks and Geeks was great and Superbad definitely very good, but is Apatow gonna just, like, recycle the same five actors in every movie now?

― If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, December 22, 2007 2:27 AM (8 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 22 May 2016 17:56 (four years ago) link

v hot c.2007 take

is judd apatow still alive?

qualx, Sunday, 22 May 2016 21:19 (four years ago) link

Has Reilly even been in any other Apatow films?

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 22 May 2016 22:19 (four years ago) link

he produces the Ferrell/McKay movies

Number None, Sunday, 22 May 2016 22:40 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

Every time The Martian is on cable and we end up watching the back 70 minutes or so, I end up thinking they should've used this version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z2Va7ruWgg

The beaver is not the bad guy (El Tomboto), Tuesday, 27 December 2016 04:36 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

reinforces the general sense I get that Eddie Vedder is a mensch

Simon H., Friday, 31 May 2019 11:00 (one year ago) link

Kasdan: He’s not doing a bit. He’s finding the emotional truth of what he’s playing. Even if what he’s playing is crazy. And that’s his great gift.

yeah this is the magic of john c reilly right here

naked rollercoaster-riding world record holder (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 31 May 2019 11:39 (one year ago) link

That was a pretty good read. I wished they'd talked about the Beatles scene because that really killed me. It was strange to have a major studio produce a movie that was such an acute parody. If you had a system where you rated movies based on how good you expected them to be vs. how good they actually were, I think this would be my highest rated movie ever.

frogbs, Friday, 31 May 2019 14:46 (one year ago) link

I have avoided this film up to now but this thread has me convinced.

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 31 May 2019 14:52 (one year ago) link

I saw Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time recently and was expecting it to be dumb as hell, but still couldnt believe how much of it seemed to be deleted/alternate scenes from Walk Hard. Observation in the article about how everyone who enters a room in these movies is immediately a major character is hilariously spot on. In Bohemian I laughed particularly hard at the dad character, like his entrance is literally him walking through a door wearing a suit after a long hard day of 'business' and immediately telling his son to give up his dreams. Everything is so absurdly rushed and compressed.

I know Walk Hard bombed but some part of me still hoped it had maybe contributed to that genre dying out, cant believe we are going to be subjected to yet another cycle of these horrible films.

One Eye Open, Friday, 31 May 2019 15:14 (one year ago) link

it's time for dewey cox 2: harder

Jeff the grown man (voodoo chili), Friday, 31 May 2019 15:15 (one year ago) link

Dewhemian Coxhody

One Eye Open, Friday, 31 May 2019 15:17 (one year ago) link

*Dewey Cox rumble*

"Mama...just killed a guy."

Ned Raggett, Friday, 31 May 2019 15:44 (one year ago) link

on rewatch, the funniest scene was the Dewey/dad duel. Raymond J Barry is a treasure

Simon H., Friday, 31 May 2019 17:29 (one year ago) link

fitting that he eventually went on to play the shittiest southern daddy in tv, arlo givens

Jeff the grown man (voodoo chili), Friday, 31 May 2019 17:55 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

this movie is a solid 7.5

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Friday, 10 July 2020 12:06 (one month ago) link

On a scale of 6? Agreed!

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 10 July 2020 19:46 (one month ago) link

lol otm

bat ain't Thad (sic), Friday, 10 July 2020 20:23 (one month ago) link

Dewey, I'm cut in half pretty bad

lumen (esby), Friday, 10 July 2020 21:01 (one month ago) link

I found this to be a long unfocused mess with a few high-quality lols.

― the shock will be coupled with the need to dance (jim), Saturday, June 27, 2009 8:02 AM (eleven years ago) bookmarkflaglink

revise this a little bit, this is very good. underrated

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Friday, 10 July 2020 21:25 (one month ago) link

The oral history gave me so much more appreciation for the care that went into this

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 10 July 2020 22:07 (one month ago) link

I'm sure I mentioned this above, but I went into hysterics in the movie theater such that I was surprised no one shushed me

this has been the best year fuiud (rip van wanko), Friday, 10 July 2020 22:23 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

I’ve rewatched this movie twice this year. It’s amazing how they successful nail and skewer so many music biopic cliches while still pulling off some of the emotional notes those cliches try to hit! The songs strike a balance between straight-up goofing on artists and repurposing musical styles to the point where they might be real songs — and you realize how silly some of the cultural touchstones they’re evoking are when put out of context.

One Eye Open is otm that somehow Bohemian Rhapsody came out years later and somehow managed to use all the same cliches again, but in an insanely sanitized way because it’s a family movie

solo scampito (mh), Friday, 31 July 2020 03:58 (one week ago) link

Watched it this week and kept thinking about how absolutely terrible it would have been with Will Ferrell in place of Reilly.

Donald Trump Also Sucks, Of Course (milo z), Friday, 31 July 2020 04:16 (one week ago) link

One of the good things about this movie is Ferrell's lack of involvement in it.

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 31 July 2020 04:46 (one week ago) link

Dewey, I'm cut in half pretty bad

― lumen (esby), Saturday, July 11, 2020 7:01 AM (two weeks ago)

Steppin' RZA (sic), Friday, 31 July 2020 05:27 (one week ago) link

fake liverpool accent "great record, great record" is now a permanent part of my vocabulary to the point where i must come across as a right weirdo to people who havent seen it (most people)

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 31 July 2020 07:48 (one week ago) link

Watched it this week and kept thinking about how absolutely terrible it would have been with Will Ferrell in place of Reilly.

absolutely. the supporting cast + cameos are all game and funny (I particularly appreciate Vedder's straight-faced RRHF speech) but it's impossible for me to imagine anyone but JCR killing it like that

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Friday, 31 July 2020 12:38 (one week ago) link

one of my very favorite lines comes early, when he's at the talent show, watching the tap dancing girl or whatever: "How are we gonna top that?!"

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 31 July 2020 18:14 (one week ago) link

My fav supporting cast bit is John Michael Higgins as the engineer when they record "Walk Hard", his performance as he's dressing down JCR slays me so hard.

This is one of those where I have to actively try not to rewatch it too often in order to not spoil it.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Friday, 31 July 2020 18:36 (one week ago) link

goddammit this is a dark fucking period!!

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Friday, 31 July 2020 19:32 (one week ago) link

every time I see this movie I end up singing Dewey's rendition of 'That's Amore' for a day or two afterward

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 31 July 2020 20:23 (one week ago) link

I also say glate lecold a lot in my head

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Friday, 31 July 2020 23:23 (one week ago) link

^^^^same

methinks dababy doth bop shit too much (m bison), Saturday, 1 August 2020 00:05 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g_xaVNY9P4

Beatles!! Stop fighting here in India!!

frogbs, Saturday, 1 August 2020 00:24 (one week ago) link

the ending montage where a bunch of moments that weren’t in the movie, including jack black as elvis waving a switchblade at dewey

solo scampito (mh), Saturday, 1 August 2020 02:39 (one week ago) link


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