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50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

The siblings: Dewey (John C. Reilly / Conner Rayburn) and Nate Cox (Chip Hormess)

What puts them at odds? Tragedy strikes when seven-year old Dewey accidentally slices his brother Chip in half with a machete. The trauma – and his parents’ reaction to it – informs Dewey’s life as he rises to become a musical superstar.

Of course, it’s a ridiculous incident that sparks all of Dewey Cox’s trouble. What else would you expect from a film that acts as a distinctly underrated (and definitely under-seen) parody of biopics like Walk The Line and Ray? But Reilly plays it straight, dwelling endlessly on the accident that left him “smell-blind” and powered his musical success. It doesn’t hurt that his father (Raymond J. Barry) spends most of the film declaring that, “The wrong kid died!”. With co-writers Jake Kasdan and Judd Apatow in full flow (plus plenty of improvisation from the cast), it’s a sweet, silly and ultimately beautiful ride, while serving as a warning that kids really shouldn’t play with machetes.

Which sibling is your favourite?

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