|Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, School / Campus|
Tagline: Meet the Dukes. One family having so much fun there oughta be a law.
Plot: Yeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaawwww!
Fun-lovin’, fast-drivin’, good ol’ boy cousins Bo (SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT) and Luke (JOHNNY KNOXVILLE) Duke are back on the road and up to no good, along with their cousin Daisy Duke (JESSICA SIMPSON), proud owner of the shortest shorts in the South. Hazzard County boasts some of the most axel-busting back roads, hair-raising moonshine, and best-looking farm girls in all of Georgia – and the Duke boys enjoy all three. Frequently.
The Duke family’s business is moonshine, and the boys’ Uncle Jesse (WILLIE NELSON) concocts the tastiest brew in Dixie. More often than not, the boys find themselves on the wrong side of the law as they race to make their deliveries, leading the sheriff’s department on some truly wild goose chases in their infamous orange Dodge Charger, the General Lee.
After a long day on the job, there’s nothing like relaxing with an ice cold beer at Hazzard County’s finest drinking establishment, The Boar’s Nest, where Daisy waits tables. From time to time, an out-of-towner makes the mistake of getting a little too familiar with the most beautiful girl in Hazzard County. They quickly find out (the hard way) that Daisy isn’t just a pretty face – she kicks ass like a Duke, and with Bo and Luke in the mix, that usually means a good old-fashioned
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"The Dukes of Hazzard" must have been a blast to make: All that crazy stunt driving, Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville cutting up right and left like rowdy schoolboys, Jessica Simpson traipsing around on the set in shorts that look like something she scrounged up from a Barbie case. If only it were that much fun to watch.
--Stephanie Zacharek (Salon)
At one point in the film, Scott turns to Knoxville and says, "There's a lot of smart people out there." With The Dukes of Hazzard, Warner Bros. is apparently banking on the opposite to be true.
It's eye candy at it's finest, with the ABC's of summer movies: Action, Bikinis and Car chases. But you won't be talking about the D for dialogue, though.
--Brian Gallagher (MovieWeb)
Rounding out the Hazzard crew are Willie Nelson as moonshine-maker Uncle Jesse, M.C. Gainey as the corrupt sheriff, Joe Don Baker as the flexible politician and original TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter as muffin-maker Pauline, the apple of Jesse's eye.
The creative powers behind the TV show at least were smart enough to know that, amid all the action, you have to have characters that the audience wants to root for. In this version, any rooting interest in the Dukes, the General Lee - or even Boss Hogg - is roadkill in the path of such brain-dead material.
There you have it. A movie about absolutely nothing (eat your heart out, Seinfeld), based on a show made when your target audience wasn't even born yet. D
A lot of tires are squealed, a lot of cop cars are junked, and the General Lee flies high again. It seems so simple in hindsight; yet, to Chadrasekhar, it’s an equation he has no idea how to solve.
--Brian Orndorf (eFilmCritic.com)
But considering how funny the film could have been -- either as a faithful big-screen adaptation or as a winking parody -- this sloppy mix of both styles is as shameful as a pig in an outhouse, or something. C-
--Eric D. Snider (EricDSnider.com)
In other words, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Too bad the finished movie doesn’t do this worthwhile concept justice.
--Betty Jo Tucker
Another saving element is the in your face classic rock soundtrack that enhances the chase scenes and gets your motor running. But that is all I can say nice about this pitiful attempt at filmmaking.
Dukes of Hazzard isn't great entertainment, but it's worth a watching if you're looking for a good hillbilly thrill this weekend. Excited to see explosions, wild car stunts, and Jessica Simpson's tight body all at the same time? Then this is going to be heaven on earth for you, my friend. I can assure you that.
--Phil Calabro (The Movie Insider)
In terms of the late great Waylon Jennings' catchy theme song, the Dukes of Hazzard are "just good ole boys that never mean any harm". After witnessing this synthetic surge of a nonsensical rural roller-coaster ride, one might beg to differ based on the Balladeer's well-meaning lyrics.
Among its other qualities, "The Dukes of Hazzard" features some of the finest stunt driving seen on a screen in a long time. The laughs may fade relatively quickly, but one sideways skid of unprecedented length and duration sets a standard for the industry.
|If it weren’t for the same shameless chases and obscene jumps by the General Lee this movie wouldn’t be worth the film it was printed on. The original television show wasn’t a work of art, but it is part of our pop culture history and instead of embracing the sweet-hearted nature along with the insane chase scenes minimizes everything we loved about the original.|
Actually, the whole project seems steeped in preservatives, like an artifact from the era before political correctness. Although the movie promotes its image of Southern culture as cheerily as the original TV show, in the new millennium, you don't have to be a damn Yankee to think that this whitewashed image is of a confederacy of dunces.
Scott and Knoxville are gamers in their impossibly stupid roles, but if sequels do follow, they'll have the last laugh on their critics - they've signed on for the run. I hope Reynolds has, too. If I have to watch another one of these Southern parodies, let's do it with the master.
--Jack Mathews (New York Daily News)
There are some great chase scenes, good action, and Jessica Simpson in those Daisy Dukes. Heck, I might go see it again.
--Brian Milinsky (Tailslate.net)
The Dukes of Hazzard is far from perfect but closer to entertainment than a lot of the crap I have seen in theaters lately, ah hem... Stealth... So for this one leave your brain at home (you won't need it) and plan on some good laughs as The Dukes of Hazzard gives an elevated meaning to mediocre. B-