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Empire Admin -> The Dukes Of Hazzard (5/10/2005 10:21:31 PM)

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cluesy -> (1/2/2006 5:34:26 PM)

I understand why this got low ratings but to be fair to it, for entertainment it's worthy. Indulge in not having to think, I say.




brucewood -> 'Hazzard Line' Do Not Cross (13/2/2006 8:30:46 PM)

Empire are spot-on.
It's been a long time since I saw the original Dukes, but like many males of my generation I hold the series with some affection. Not just the obvious hormonal appeal of the delectable Catherine Bach but the easy going joi de vive of John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Denver Pyle, et al and, of course The General Lee. The series was as mad as a fish and essential viewing on a Saturday evening.
As a rule I am not enamoured of TV show remakes/re-imaginings but I am a fan of dumb Hollywood gloss and as such am willing to give most things a go. Jessica Simpson as Daisy !??! Johnny Knoxville, well...as anything!??! I really had my doubts, but by the time I managed to catch up with the film on 'Unseen' DVD I was quietly excited.
A simple story revolving around the Dukes stopping the vile Boss Hogg (a wasted Burt Reynolds) from razing Hazzard to the ground in favour of Oil rights is straight out of the original - simple, totally removed from reality and filled with just enough pathos for the good ol' boys to garner a fair amount of whoops from the audience...but the similarities stop dead at this point.
The biggest selling point of the original Dukes was their simple, charm and the leads had this in spades. Jay Chandrasekhar seems to think that to produce a DOH for the new Millenium means adding some gratuitous T&A, vandals defacating in the Boy's famous ride and Seann William Scott declaring his coital worship for the aforementioned General Lee.
The stunts are everything you would expect from a current blockbuster, but are often cut in such a way as to ruin the illusion (the Freeway landing is a prime example of this allowing just enough view of the General landing to let the audience know that the car has just been destroyed by the impact before, in classic 80's style, cutting to a 'continuation' shot of the Charger careening away un-scratched).
Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville are wide of the mark being far too knowing in their roles and reverting to crudity too readily. Burt Reynolds is criminally wasted in a badly written role that even his persona cannot break free of. Of the main characters the only ones who come out with any dignity are Willie Nelson's Uncle Jessie and, much to my surprise Jessica Simpson's Cousih Daisy who captures her character's short-shorted, wholesome, country sex appeal without fawning to the director's baser instincts.
There are flourishes of great humour to be found (the traffic jam is a hoot, and shows what the two leads are capable of) but these are too few and far between to fill up the gaping maws on self-indulgent crudity.
I am not a prude, and love base humour in the right place. Quite simply the charm inherent in the premise of The Dukes Of Hazzard will never be place for it. Approach with Caution





qualidad -> Dukes of Hazard (4/5/2006 10:20:02 AM)

No more than an extended version of the TV show. The stunts are impressive to say the least but the rest is rubbish. For an action film its pretty boring, there's just nothing to hold the attention. Scott phones it in and Knoxville just does Knoxville. Even if you want something just to shut your brain off there's plenty better than this.




moviemaniac2 -> (6/4/2007 7:01:01 PM)

A sweet, sparky and funny comedy that's more than the sum of its motor parts




moviemaniac2 -> (6/4/2007 7:01:02 PM)

A sweet, sparky and funny comedy that's more than the sum of its motor parts




nc_jj -> (4/1/2010 9:45:59 PM)

Funny, but not a classic.




Phubbs -> RE: (21/8/2012 6:14:13 AM)

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)

Not too sure where I stand with this update of the classic kids show. This is one of those times where making a film for the younger audience is probably the best option yet they went the other way.

The main problem here is the fact that The Dukes of Hazzard was a TV show for kids. it was light hearted in a fun 'A-Team' 'Knight Rider' kind of way. This new film takes that kind hearted approach and throws it out of the window to make room for a new crude vulgar version with tits n ass.

I will admit that at times the film is good fun, the massive car chase sequence at the end is a tornado of great stunts that is tremendous fun to watch. Much like the classic car chases in 'The Blues Brothers' its amazing to see the famous Dodge Charger hurtle down the freeway and leap higher and farther than ever before. This though is about as fun as it gets.

The rest of the film really is a nasty cheap ass pile of predictable cliches in a bad straight to DVD 'National Lampoon's' way. The main casting of Knoxville and Scott as 'Bo' and 'Luke' was terrible and gave the game away immediately as what direction the film was going. Even Simpson as 'Daisy' was a bad choice, your everyday boring over tanned blonde barbie doll wannabe with luminously bleached teeth.
Yes she was sexy in her tight 'Daisy Dukes' but she was also vacuous with no character what so ever. The bad casting continued with Reynolds as 'Boss Hogg' who had no presence in the film a tall, a very weak performance.

Overall its a slightly mixed bag as there is some nice car porn in here but in general its a bad adaptation of the TV show. Shame they also had to bring the modern day PC bandwagon into the fray too. Not to be taken too seriously of course but you know deep down the original TV show is slightly frowned upon these days *groan*.

Unfortunately this is a rather sour spin on the TV show and spoils its good name, don't show your kids and avoid.




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