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Dukes of Hazzard, The
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by brianorndorf

"Didn't we learn anything from 'The Honeymooners?'"
2 stars

While I’m not a professor of all things “Dukes of Hazzard,” a blind man could see that director Jay Chandrasekhar has taken it upon himself to muck severely with the original creation to please clueless teenagers. Turing a simple, southern-fried action comedy into a tepid Broken Lizard-like farce, and changing character dynamics to a point where they look like a state fair comedy revue, “Dukes” might appeal to those who haven’t seen the original creation. For everyone else, it’s a needless disappointment.

Hustling moonshine for their Uncle Jessie (Willie Nelson), Bo (Seann William Scott) and Luke (Johnny Knoxville) Duke tear up the Hazzard Country landscape in their orange daredevil car, the General Lee. Looking to thwart their adventures are Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (M.C. Gainey) and Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds), who wants the Hazzard landscape for himself to strip-mine for coal. Interested in stirring up trouble, along with their cousin Daisy (Jessica Simpson), the Dukes try to prevent Hogg from taking over the town the only way they know how: through unparalleled chaos.

There was no need to bring “Dukes of Hazzard” to the big screen. The remake truly represents the most evil of Hollywood ideals, and tarnishes a south-of-the-border television treat that is still standing over 25 years later.

Good, I got that out of the way. Now on to the film.

“Dukes of Hazzard” is one of the most unlikely properties to see a movie adaptation, and that’s saying something in the summer of “The Honeymooners.” With paper-thin plots, even-tempered charms, and a goofy comedy agenda, “Dukes” was a minor television classic that barely broke a sweat. The new, silver screen “Dukes” is a more aggressive, assertive enterprise, taking great pleasure in ignoring why the original creation is still thought highly of today.

Granted, the material isn’t brain surgery; director Jay Chandrasekhar (a member and helmer of the Broken Lizard comedies, “Super Troopers” and “Club Dread”), is in such a hurry to put his own stamp on the production, that right away he ditches light comedy for crotch hits, and jazzes up the screenplay with odd Air Supply and “Usual Suspects” jokes. Gone are the essential family dynamics of the Dukes (Willie Nelson and Jessica Simpson merely cameo here), and gone is the good-natured push-and-pull of Bo and Luke. Now they act like improvisational class partners, thrown together without much thought for their chemistry. Chandrasekhar, looking to please his studio bosses and teenagers, simply ramps up the car chases, the cleavage, and the confusing soundtrack (southern rock, Jessica Simpson, and AC/DC?) to keep the energy in the red at all times. And that’s a good thing, for when “Dukes” stops to crack wise, there’s nothing worse.

Unfortunately, Chandrasekhar mashes up this theme park stunt show with Broken Lizard cast cameos and deflated gags – one directly lifted from the group’s debut, “Super Troopers.” What this has to do with “Hazzard” is a mystery, and further demonstrates the willingness of the production to defecate on the source material. The rest of the jokes are of the bar-room-brawl/blackface variety, that, if you can’t see them coming a mile away, you’ll wish you couldn’t see them at all. With Scott doing his “American Pie” Stifler character yet again, and a questionably-accented Knoxville oddly cast as the chick-magnet Duke, the film doesn’t really have a grasp of the funny or the absurd. Yet, when all else fails, Chandrasekhar can just have someone get wailed in the groin again, right?

Fortunately, the production pulls out all the stops for the finale, cashing in their car crash chips for some diverting highway stunts. This is more what the old “Dukes” was all about, though the action here is considerably heightened to satisfy the hunger pains of summer audiences.

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.

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User Comments

5/23/12 keith miron Not enough Jessica Simpson 2 stars
2/28/07 Beau After seeing this a part of my life had been stolen 4ever. terrible performance by simpson 1 stars
11/23/06 Austin Wertman ONE OF THE WORST MOVIES I HAVE EVER SEEN 1 stars
10/04/06 Abs I just wasted 2hrs of my life only see this movie if you're salivating over jessica 1 stars
8/14/06 Sharon OMFG you guys are all movie retarded!! this was an AWSOME movie!! johnny knoxville=SEXY!!!! 5 stars
7/08/06 Anthony Feor The idiots of movie-making 1 stars
4/22/06 Jack The most lame and stupid thing I've ever seen 1 stars
2/11/06 Nick The best movie ever made 5 stars
2/03/06 JT awesome!! whats evry one complaining about? 5 stars
1/25/06 LP Quagmire Jessica Simpson makes this a must-see. 4 stars
12/12/05 Butterbean This was a fun movie. Much like the TV series. I don't think these people really seen it. 4 stars
12/08/05 Jeff Anderson JUNK! Need I say more. I'd rather have my head dipped in toxic waste than watch this again! 1 stars
10/09/05 Arse Poet Better than I expected, but I was expecting to die of suckfulness half way through. 3 stars
10/07/05 Wisamane The dukes of shit....need i say more? 1 stars
9/16/05 Jonathon Holmes Jessica's smokin hot body can't save this train wreck 2 stars
9/13/05 bbbr sexy jessica simpson 3 stars
9/02/05 Pandora The best acting in the whole movie was by the General Lee. Sad. 1 stars
8/26/05 Pat bishop Only thing in common with the original is the charger.Terrible movie... 1 stars
8/25/05 jimgrigsby awful horrid bad use of a battle flag etc. 1 stars
8/24/05 Lisa Smith Jessica Simpson has a poop stain on her pink bikini bottom, it's true !! 1 stars
8/18/05 Madeira SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: May be Hazzard-ous to your health. 1 stars
8/17/05 ES Its jackass the movie two! Wrapped in a Duke's motif and a confederate flag= stinky garbage 1 stars
8/15/05 KCobain Garbage. Another crappy remake. 1 stars
8/14/05 michaelb14 Pretty much as expected, it had a few laughs, definitely a matinee flick, overall.......... 3 stars
8/13/05 TSEliot Scott's "Stiffler" and Knoxville's "Jackass" are awful casts for the real Bo and Luke. 1 stars
8/13/05 William Vollmer not a great TV show-an even worse movie 1 stars
8/10/05 George W Bush Duhh... I liked it. Mainly because I'm a moron. 1 stars
8/10/05 Steve Michaud Guaranteed to kill more brain cells than a jar of Uncle Jesse's moonshine 1 stars
8/09/05 Chris Dumb empty and pointless and Repulsivly bad acting by Jessica "no talent" Simpson 1 stars
8/09/05 Jerry Uncle Jesse is rolling in his grave. The director needs his butt kicked! 1 stars
8/08/05 Glen Harris That movie rocks i dont care what other people say jessica was hot and the movie was funny 5 stars
8/08/05 yomomma A masterpiece of guargantuan proportions! Or not! 3 stars
8/08/05 negation I give it a sucks rating. 1 stars
8/08/05 Jimmy The movie was OK, but nothing like the original. 3 stars
8/08/05 Steven C Some funny thnig happen 4 stars
8/08/05 Kristina Williams Who expected it to be good? WHO?! 1 stars
8/08/05 MarkJ I am now stupider for having seen this movie. 1 stars
8/07/05 Christian Horrible, who told Jessica Simpson she could act? 1 stars
8/07/05 Scott Ruined the Dukes!! Everyone was out of character. Ended with Uncle Jesse getting high. 1 stars
8/07/05 Halo Utter nonsense. 1 stars
8/06/05 Peter Griffin Are you happy now? I have cancer, thanks to your movie ;) Jessica was cute tho... 1 stars
8/06/05 Roy Smith Harm was done, wheither it was meant or not. Depressing. 2 stars
8/06/05 Littleme Quite simply the worst movie of the year. 1 stars
8/06/05 Greg Ursic STupid, but I laughed nonetheless 2 stars
8/06/05 BoyInTheDesignerBubble Pathetic, sad, worse than the tv show, if possible. 1 stars
8/06/05 saoud 4 stars
8/06/05 Jin Its no wonder people aren't going to the theater anymore. 1 stars
8/05/05 kumsal21 dswd 5 stars
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