by John Stoehr
From Renshaw's review of Walk Hard — J.S.
When you're dealing with a satirical comedy in the Airplane! tradition — and the comparison is both fair and complimentary — you can't expect every joke to hit the bullseye. [Judd] Apatow and [Jake] Kasdan over-use a gag with record industry execs (including Harold Ramis) as Hassidic Jews, and some of the more outrageous bits succeed at being outrageous without necessarily being outrageously funny.
But Walk Hard remains laser-focused on deflating the self-importance of trite stories about tortured artists — which might mean it won't work nearly as well for a general audience as it does for someone who has longed for such a takedown.
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