Few big-studio movies that are lavishly promoted and favorably reviewed arrive dead on arrival at the box office. But "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan's volcanically funny spoof of musical biopics like "Coal Miner's Daughter" failed to attract audiences from its first showings a week ago.
Could it be that audiences just don't want to see wiseacre moviemakers lampoon Very Important Movies?
From "Airplane!" to the "Scary Movie" series, audiences have lined up to see stupid plot conventions shot down.
But "Walk Hard" takes on Oscar bait, and it could be that movie fans resist having their illusions shattered. Apatow and Kasdan cheekily note that every popular musician's life is not an epic tale that defines American history. That doesn't square with movies like "Walk the Line."