The Dukes of Hazzard

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The Dukes of Hazzard
Review (5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

Seann William Scott is Bo Duke and Johnny Knoxville is Luke Duke and they are The Dukes of Hazzard. So what have the Duke boys been up to for the last twenty years, you may ask? Well, they've been carting around Uncle Jesse's (Willie Nelson) illegal moonshine, running from the law, getting in bar fights, using Daisy Duke's (Jessica Simpson) "assets" when need be and getting a lot more poon-tang then I remember them getting. Or maybe I was just too young to figure out what was going on when "Dukes" was one of my favourite TV shows.

So on top of all their usual shenanigans, Bo and Luke have discovered that Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds) and his sidekick Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (M.C. Gainey) are up to no good and have plans that are going to ruin Hazzard County as we know it. Can the Duke boys save their beloved homeland? Will Cooter help them? Will the General Lee be able to outrace every police car in the state of Georgia and still come out relatively unscathed? Will police cars end up in deep ditches? Will Daisy be able to flash some skin and trick Enos into giving her information that he shouldn't be giving? If you have ever watched The Dukes of Hazzard TV show, you know every single last one of those answers and probably a few more.

Being a fan of The Dukes of Hazzard, I have to admit I was looking forward to Hollywood's movie version of this country-bumpkin saga, with cautious optimism. After seeing director Jay Chandrasekhar's version of Dukes, I came to two immediate conclusions. One, if this movie was a stand alone movie and had nothing to do with any famous television series, it probably never would have made it to the theatre. And two, well, I can't remember what two was now but basically, the movie was decent but nothing great.

There are a few things that bothered me about this movie. I really found the story to be a bit weak, similar to somehing you would find in an hour long TV series but with some longer, more dynamic and much more destructive car chases, a bit more skin from Daisy and a few inappropriate dick jokes. And what the hell was with Bo and Luke smoking pot?

Then there was the casting. Burt Reynolds didn't do it for me as Boss Hogg. Boss Hogg is a short, fat, tub of lard - Reynolds is not. I do have a lot of respect for what Burt has done to his acting career over the last several years (when he's not slapping reporters in the face and being an asshole) but to me, he just did not cut it in this role. And having the naked guy from the movie Sideways playing Roscoe P. Coltrane seemed wrong. From what I remember, Roscoe was a goofy, giggling son-of-a-bitch. This guy was way too serious. And to top it off, the thought of his naked body still haunts me. In fact, I would say the only characters in this movie who I found to be perfect were Enos and Cooter. I suppose Jessica Simpson was pretty damn good as Daisy but I think her skimpy outfits tricked me like she uses them to trick Enos. Hell, I could even live with Stifler as Bo and Jackass as Luke but there still seemed to be something missing there too.

In the end, I will say this - The Dukes of Hazzard is probably a movie worth checking out at some point in time if you are a huge of the great television series. It does have some entertaining moments, some decent car scenes (but some unnecessary vandalism), there are a few laughs (although not nearly as many as it tries to solicit - it's always wrong when the biggest laughs come during the outtakes at the end of the movie) and Jessica Simpson is simply smokin'. But with that being said, I wasn't entirely impressed with the cast. The story made me wonder if the studio is just out to cash in on our hard-earned dollars by riding the wave of a popular TV show, yet again. And after I saw Bo and Luke smoke pot and one joke after another that ended with someone getting hit in the nuts, I really though that Jay Chandrasekhar should stick to making shitty movies like Super Troopers and Club Dread because he seemed out of his league with this one. Basically, I will warn you that The Dukes of Hazzard is pretty much an average movie that would be much less if it didn't have the name "Duke" in the title.

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