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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story | 2007 | R | - 8.6.7

Rock 'n Roll satire, about fictional songwriter and singer Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly), who outdid Elvis and every other real music star in drugs, sex, and hard living: he slept with hundreds of women, married three, had 22 children and 14 stepchildren, and became addicted to every known drug. Also with Tim Meadows, Kirstin Wiig, Jenna Fischer and Jack Black. Directed by Jake Kasdan. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - In a large hotel room full of nude and semi-nude people there are three scenes of full male frontal nudity (they include close-ups of male genitalia), and we also see two women's bare breasts. We see a middle-aged nude couple asleep in an armchair (his bare chest, arms and legs and her bare breasts, buttocks, arms and legs are visible).
 A husband and wife argue in several scenes that include shoving, choking, slapping and also implied sex: In one scene, she slaps him 4 times, tells him she cannot kiss him, then kisses him anyway and in another, they choke each other, and she pulls down his trousers and the scene ends, implying that they have sex.
 A wife finds her husband licking the bare toes of a woman he has just married in a case of bigamy; the second woman is wearing a negligee that reveals her thighs to the buttocks, cleavage and bare arms.
 In two scenes, a man lies in bed with a woman sitting on his groin, bouncing up and down; she wears a long, opaque silky blouse and panties and we see her bare breasts from the side, her bare abdomen, bare thighs and legs, but not her face.
 Several scenes show a man in bed with one to three women: In one scene, we see only the couple from the bare shoulders up, but in others we see women in panties and short nightgowns or very large, wide black bras, and several times we see women's bare legs to mid-thigh.
 In a club scene, fully clothed people (women in wide, knee-length skirts and deep cut blouses that reveal cleavage), simulate sex acts on the dance floor in an exaggerated way. In an MTV video of a rapper and his dancers, we see the singer rub his hands over one woman's clothed breast and we see other female dancers gyrating in suggestive ways. A man and a woman perform a suggestive love song with explicit phrases and the scene cuts to them licking ice cream cones suggestively while looking at each other.
 One scene shows a man, high on drugs, insisting upon a wife swap with his friend; after a mild disagreement, the man takes the friend's wife, leaving the other woman and the friend looking at each other, disoriented.
 In several club/auditorium scenes and one party scene, we see several women in low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage and there are women wearing mini-skirts that reveal thighs up to the buttocks. Several scenes show a man wearing shorts or underwear and no other clothing, holding liquor or wine bottles.
 A man and a woman work together in a garage woodshop and their woodworking is full of sexual innuendo: He sands the leg of a chair while staring at the woman (who's smiling at him while using a large tool to gouge a hole in wood), he uses a large screwdriver while staring and panting, and he uses a sander (his body is vibrating), while staring at the woman with his mouth open and his eyes wide.
 Elvis Presley leaves a performance, and hugs 6 young women as they leave, and it is implied he will have sex with all of them.
  A woman tells a man that, "I want a man's touch. By that I mean a penis in my vagina." A discussion between a famous singer and his band reveals that he had sex with one of the male band member and with the wife of another. A man states, "reefer makes sex better." A man's name is "Cox" and it is used suggestively throughout the film, implying a penis, and at one point he is billed with another man as "Cox and Little Nut Sack." A club manager tells a janitor, "My customers come here to dance erotically and they need a clean floor to do it on." A young man tells his wife to stop complaining about money and his traveling for work, because he is only a 15-year-old with a wife and baby.
 A man is a bigamist and holds up his hand to show two wedding rings on one finger.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Two brothers around 8 years old go to a barn to play; the older brother takes out two sheathed machetes to play and in the course of pretend dueling the younger brother's machete is uncovered and the boy cuts the older brother in half at the waist; we do not see the cut but we see the top half of the boy on the floor talking to his bother and we see the bottom half standing with a red tube sticking out of it (there's no other blood) and the two boys yell at each other (the scene is played for laughs)
 A father attacks his adult son with a machete, the father accidentally cuts himself in half (we do not see the cut, but only a red tube projecting from the waist of the bottom half that is still standing) and the top half of the talks to the grown son and says goodbye.
 A woman in a farmhouse dances with her husband, trips on something and falls out of a high window to the ground; a large radio falls out after her, smashing her head and she dies.
 An older man points a gun between the eyes of a younger man in a flashback scene, which cuts to one of the younger man shooting a friend several times in the back, during a drug-induced false memory.
 A man has a heart attack and dies during a concert.
 Elvis Presley performs karate chops to another man's neck, but stops short of contact and later in a flashback, Elvis holds a switchblade to the other man's throat, but does not use it.
 Three men have an argument, two end up in a slapstick fistfight, and a third man jumps on top of them and strikes them both. There are a number of arguments between a man and his wives or his band members. A husband and wife argue in several scenes; they are all verbal, ending with her leaving and slamming a door to end the scenes.
 Police with guns drawn chase a famous singer down alleys until they catch him with drugs in his possession. Two little boys go out to play and one is chased by a bull, one picks up a rattling rattlesnake and throws it, and one plays with a blowtorch.
 A man sees the ghost of his brother several times: On the first appearance, the ghost encourages his brother to sing and on many other appearances he curses at his brother and later we see the ghosts of several additional people.
 A doctor tells parents that their son is dead and the boy's father becomes angry and tells his surviving son that the wrong kid died (the father repeats this statement a dozen times throughout the boy's life). A little boy sings a song called, "I done a bad thing, I cut my brother in half." A man sings a song and a man vomits because the music is "of the devil."
 Whenever things go wrong, a man pulls a bathroom sink out of the wall, tosses it across the room and then smashes furniture or lamps; in one such scene, he tears out all of the sinks in a public men's room and smashes them on the floor, and in another scene, he tears the sink out of his own bathroom at home, smashes the furniture, and saws the couch in half.
 A singer cannot perform because he has 10 broken fingers and thumbs -- we see them in bandages and splints.


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LANGUAGE 7 - 20 F-words, 13 scatological references, 18 instances of an obscene hand gesture, 9 anatomical references and innumerable plays on the name "Cox" to imply a penis, 6 mild obscenities, derogatory references to African-Americans, derogatory references to Native Americans and Caucasians, name-calling (problem child, drifter, "boy," crazy), stereotypical references about midgets' ("short power"), 2 religious profanities.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A marijuana cigarette is smoked by a young woman who exhales the smoke into a young man's mouth and they both become high, a man takes a gallon-sized plastic bag full of marijuana to another man, an animated sequence briefly shows the Beatles on an LSD trip, a man is shown in a hospital bed, hallucinating and screaming during rehab, several scenes portray a man and three women interrupted in a bathroom while they are preparing to use various drugs, including ones for erectile dysfunction, a man collapses on stage several times and then is shown in a jail cell twice, having been convicted of drug use, a man mentions three times the different drugs he has used (marijuana, LSD, cocaine, PCP, Angel Dust, "pills," and Quaaludes) and his two stints in rehab, and a man says he is going to smoke a joint while visiting another man in rehab. Several scenes show a man holding liquor bottles and sometimes drinking and running down streets under the influence, and a man is shown drinking from a whiskey bottle while having sex. There are several references to alcohol, but we do not see anyone drink it. One cigarette is smoked.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The music industry, families, relationships, loss, death of a sibling, death of a child, loneliness, bigamy, promiscuousness, risk-taking, drugs, alcohol, recovery, ghosts.

MESSAGE - It is hard to make a living in the music industry.

(Note: There are references to African-Americans as being over-sexed and to Jewish executives ruling the show business industry.)

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