I’m a fan of music as well as a fan of comedy movies. Do I like films that parody the music scene? Hell yes. Those guys take themselves far too seriously and need a bit of a jab every now and then. But more importantly, it’s not the music itself that needs making fun of – just the culture surrounding it. Here are a handful of favourites that do it perfectly for me; Waynes World (1 & 2), Airheads, This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind (CB4 deserves a mention too).
A Mighty Wind came out in 2003 but after that, there is a bit of a gap in this subgenre. Movies being made about music were mostly Biopics and not really going out of their way to make us laugh (which I guess is fair enough) – things like Walk the Line with Joaquin Phoenix (just before he went all Borat on everyone’s asses – see: I’m Still Here) and it was this film that inspired the ridiculous stroke of genius that is Walk Hard.
On a whim, I threw this into the player the other day to give it another spin and found it to be just as good as the first time around.
Written by Judd Apatow & Jake Kasdan, this one stars John C. Reilly and a whole host of comedy greats (too numerous to mention here) dropping in for cameos to not only parody the life of Johnny Cash but other classic moments in modern music history too.
I could rattle off some of my favourite scenes but it’s really just one to sit down and enjoy without knowing too much about. As a bonus, you don’t really need to know your music history that well to get all the jokes as they’re silly enough to work without that inside knowledge.
If like me, you can’t get enough of John C. Reilly’s man-child bit, this is a must-see.