The Dukes Of Hazzard


Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar
Written by:John O’Brien, Jonathan L. Davis
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds
Released: September 15, 2005
Grade: C+

The Internet Movie Database is the world’s leading website for movie information.  One of my favourite features is the Daily Poll – a question is suggested by a member of the public and the rest of us voice our opinions.  On 2 September 2005, we were asked what the worst movie was of the summer.  Over 11,500 votes were cast and two films stood out with 38% of the vote between them – Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and The Dukes Of Hazzard.

So close was the voting between two films that on 12 September 2005, we were again given the question but this time with just Gigolo and Hazzard as the options.  Thankfully for the creators of The Dukes Of Hazzard, they only managed 42% of the 13,520 votes.  Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo beat it to the finish line – it is the worst film of the 2005 summer.  Now I haven’t seen Gigolo yet (I get that luxury this weekend) but this result says plenty about what people think of The Dukes Of Hazzard – it’s a terrible motion picture.

Cousins Luke (Knoxville) and Bo (Scott) are trouble makers in Hazzard County.  I don’t know why.  There’s a bad guy named Boss Hogg (Reynolds) who seems to control the town and plans on digging it up for oil.  This fiendish plan is going to go unnoticed by the citizens of Hazard because when it goes before Town Hall, the whole town will be watching a rally car race put on by Hogg himself.

The one star I haven’t mentioned in Jessica Simpson who plays Daisy Duke.  I don’t watch MTV enough but apparently there’s some film clip of her washing a car which is borderline “pornography”.  Sorry folks but this scene isn’t the film.  You’ll still find plenty to look at though because Simpson wears nothing but a revealing top and an incredibly skimpy pair of shorts.  Her acting isn’t that bad but perhaps it just looks that way opposite the appalling Burt Reynolds.

If I had to search for a highlight, there’s a scene which is a reference to another film from director Jay Chandrasekhar, Super Troopers.  Quite a few people spotted it in my cinema.  If you aren’t a fan of endless car chases, that’ll be the only 5 seconds of entertainment you expect.  I usually find Sean William Scott (American Pie) pretty funny but he’s destroyed by this unfunny script.

That’ll do for this review I think.  I’ll save my more scathing material for Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo next week.