Posted by: Johnny Loftus on December 21, 2007 at 4:00 pm

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Original Soundtrack, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Columbia, 2007)

“In my dreams you’re blowing me…some kisses…” — “Let’s Duet” is the funniest song on the soundtrack to Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. But it’s also a note-perfect send-up of the country duet tradition. Such is the ever-evolving craftiness of the Judd Apatow comedy empire, in which the heartiest chuckles come from skewering regular American standards and practices, and even the low-ball stuff is twisted with self-aware jabs and feints.

Apatow’s style is also what separates Walk Hard and its music from the Scary Movie/Date Movie/Epic Movie circuit, comedy shit stains that snicker at their own lack of inventiveness. It’s more difficult to make a movie with laughs on different levels, which is what Apatow, director Jake Kasdan, and star John C. Reilly have done with Walk Hard; it’s more difficult to be multilaterally funny, which is exactly what the film and its soundtrack are. From the Cash-isms of “Duet” and the title track to the syrupy Everly Brothers riff “Take My Hand,” “(I Hate You) Big Daddy,” where Reilly assumes the jutted lip of Elvis, and even the light disco sashay of the “Starman” cover, Walk Hard is comedy to the beat of a few decades’ worth of music. And hey, let’s have a hand for everyman John C. Reilly, who travels through the cliches of time, too. Maybe he’ll cover “You Got the Touch” as Dewey Cox. — Johnny Loftus

[tags]Walk Hard, John C. Reilly, Judd Apatow, Let’s Duet[/tags]

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