John C. Reilly

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Director:

Jake Kasdan

Starring:

John C. Reilly

Jenna Fischer

David Krumholtz

Kristen Wiig

Plot:

Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

Review:

Recently I had the pleasure of a re-watch of Walk Hard. Even after several viewings this movie still makes me laugh.

The film starts with Dewey and his brother playing outside, through constant verbal and physical cues you know the brother is going to end up dying and the movie does not disappoint. He halves himself, a common occurrence on a farm that uses machetes I’m sure, and before he dies he tells Dewey he’ll have to be doubly good for the both of them. No pressure at all.

The movie follows Dewey as he starts in music and evolves as an artist. There are jabs at known musician stereotypes and tons of guest stars that make the whole thing hilarious. It’s also got a surprisingly entertaining sound track.

Seriously, if you haven’t watched Walk Hard by this point I highly recommend it.

5/5

Stepbrothers (2008)

Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell, right) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly, left) are two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys forced to live together as stepbrothers when Dale's single father, Robert (Richard Jenkins, center) marries Brennan's mom in Columbia Pictures' Step Brothers. The film is directed by Adam McKay.  The screenplay is by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay from a story by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay & John C. Reilly.  The producers are Jimmy Miller and Judd Apatow.

Stepbrothers (2008)

Director:

Adam McKay

Starring:

Will Ferrell

John C. Reilly

Mary Steenburgen

Richard Jenkins

Plot:

Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become room-mates when their parents marry.

Review:

I worked at a movie theater when this came out and we had a preview reel that played in the lobby that was looped every thirty minutes. This was the only preview that I did not end up loathing and in fact still laughed at every time I saw it.

Easily one of the best Will Ferrell movies. His chemistry with John C. Reilly is great and the fact that the parents don’t act like their actions are ridiculous makes it even better. They’re grown men asking to build bunk beds for crying out loud. No matter how many times I see it this movie never fails to make me laugh.

It’s not just the leads that make this movie, though. It wouldn’t hit nearly as well if it wasn’t for the amazing supporting cast. They’re all perfect and just nail it from the shitty little kids to Ferrell’s coworkers. Totally worth watching.

5/5

 

Wreck It Ralph (2012)

wreck-it-ralph-6a

Director:

Rich Moore

Starring:

John C. Reilly

Jack McBrayer

Jane Lynch

Sarah Silverman

Plot:

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Review:

I probably would have enjoyed this movie more if I hadn’t watched Frozen so recently. It was a good movie don’t get me wrong but Frozen was awesome and most movies will pale in comparison if viewed so soon after.

Wreck It had its moments and it was a good movie. I thought the premise was original and hope they explore it more in the future. Honestly I liked it but I can’t think of anything that stood out for me.

3/5