Walk Hard: film parody, biopics and music

Penny Spirou

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Jake Kasdan, 2007) is a parody film that mocks the musical biopic genre. It spoofs the genre through intertextuality and self-reflexivity, utilising elements including reflective music montage, musical integration, puns, stereotyping and running gags, which posits the film in the genres of comedy and musical biopic. This paper utilises the musical biopic structure, as outlined by Babington and Evans (1985), in order to reinforce that each narrative movement in Walk Hard mocks the genre. It is argued that music plays a crucial role in the film as Walk Hard lampoons not only the musical biopic genre but also the music industry at large.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-63
Number of pages12
JournalComedy studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • biopic
  • film
  • genre
  • Hollywood
  • musical
  • narrative
  • parody


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