My least favorite of the Judd Apatow productions in 2007 but when stacked up against Superbad and Knocked Up, that doesn't mean that I didn't like this movie. I did like it. But like the music biopics, it is aping, it kind of drags at times. And I hate to be a hater but I'm just not sure that John C. Reilly was the right choice for the role if only because he seemed to be trying way too hard to play the role in the way that Will Ferrell would have played it. I don't know. I do like Reilly so maybe my opinion on that will soften if I see this again.
There are really great moments in the movie. In fact, I laughed as hard at some of the moments in this film as I ever have in a movie. The songs are really good. The scene with the Beatles is hilarious. The Bob Dylan-like scene is better than any moment in I'm Not There. The complete lack of subtle dialogue cracked me up. But the father appearing over and over again saying the same thing got old. Yes, they do that in Ray and Walk the Line, but sometimes making fun of an obviously dumb plot device over and over again doesn't necessarily make comedy gold.
I guess I was hoping that this would be the Airplane of rock star biopics, instead I think I got Top Secret. That was a pretty good movie, right? If not, I've undersold this movie but I'm not quite sure I can bring this up to Naked Gun territory but maybe ...
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