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Reilly shines as the lead in 'Walk Hard'

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3 stars out of 4

It's about time John C. Reilly got a role that showcases his talents. In his previous films, like "Chicago" and "Talladega Nights," he supported the stars of the films with remarkable performances as an ensemble member. In "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," Reilly shows the audience that he is capable of carrying a film himself. Of course, he was supported by an awesome cast, but this just might be his breakthrough role. This film is very funny and has a script worthy of Reilly's incredible talent. Don't walk hard, but run fast to the theatre and see this movie.

- Pedro E. Alvarado, Lawrenceville

4 stars out of 4

This movie was really entertaining and very funny. It is the little jewel with a precocious adult twist that never let's up. And Dewey, played by John C. Reilly, is so precious and supported by a solid cast of talented characters. The screenplay, nuances and rhythm of this movie are spectacular.

Dewey wades recklessly through life experiencing the perils as a rock star who relied on himself as he burned family relations as life's interferences. The film morphs into the living moral that we're all on a journey and somtimes we fall short. But in the end what matters is on what side of the road we rest and in who and what we believe.

You can tell the winners at the gate and "Walk Hard" is a big winner.

- Rick Wright, Auburn

1 1/2 stars out of 4

Once again, the trailers were better than the movie. There were a few very funny scenes in "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" but not enough to make the entire movie a success. The music, production values and acting were good but the story was one music cliché after another. John C. Reilly and Jenna Fischer turned in excellent performances and performed a couple of very funny, raunchy songs.

This is a clever movie that strains to make the point and ultimately disappoints. If you must, wait to see it on DVD. This one is not for small children.

- Kevin Kilroe, Lawrenceville