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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Johnny Knoxville
Seann William Scott
Jessica Simpson
Burt Reynolds
Willie Nelson.
Directors
Jay Chandrasekhar.
Screenwriters
Jonathan Davies
John O'Brien.
Running Time
106 minutes

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The Dukes Of Hazzard
Far too much Ho-Hum and not nearly enough Yee-haw.


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Plot
Makin’ their way the only way they know how (that’s just a little bit more than the law will allow) the irrepressible Duke Boys (Knoxville and Scott), aided and abetted by Cousin Daisy (Simpson) and Uncle Jessie (Willy Nelson), run predictable rings around Boss Hogg (Reynolds) and his hapless cronies.


Review
With a rebel yell, the General Lee rides again. And, for viewers of a certain age, it's an undeniable thrill to see the legendary tangerine Charger back in action, barelling down dusty backroads, executing impossible handbrake turns and shrugging the bonds of gravity to sail majestically through the air as the familiar strains of its melodious klaxon declaim the ante bellum glory of the South.

Would that other elements of this by-the-book retread had anything like as much mojo, suffering as it does from a plot with less meat on its bones than a worked-over rack of ribs. Johnny Knoxville and Sean William Scott may be a tight fit for the raunched-up Bo and Luke (here they're moonshine runners for real, rather than the wimpy reformed characters of TV series). And the choice of C&W icon Willie Nelson for irracible old goat Uncle Jessie and Burt Reynolds, the king of Southern-fried farce, for Boss Hogg verges on genius.

But they’re just not given anything remotely interesting to do. As it is, some piffle about fixing up the General Lee to defeat Boss Hogg in an auto race makes for tiresome interludes of hollering and brawling that simply get in the way of the car chases. Far too much Ho-Hum and not nearly enough Yee-haw.


Verdict
Certainly not the worst of the endless stream of TV remakes, but given the unassuming, easy charm of the original, still wide of the mark by a country mile.


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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 vul... More

Posted by Phubbs at 06:14, 21 August 2012 | Report This Post


Funny, but not a classic. ... More

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

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Dukes of Hazard

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. ... More

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Posted by qualidad at 10:20, 04 May 2006 | Report This Post


'Hazzard Line' Do Not Cross

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 Holl... More

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Posted by brucewood at 20:30, 13 February 2006 | Report This Post


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. ... More

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