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Dukes of Hazzard, The
 
Year : 2005
Country : United-States


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Dancing_P  [ 3.0 ]    [ add to preferred ]    [ email this review to a friend ]

Enough. Enough. I don't want to see any more of this kind of crap. At least put a new twist on it, or put some sort of effort into it, write actual jokes instead of humorously-inclined plot points. Make some sort of effort to make it look like a movie and not just some moronic MTV parody. I'll admit that the original series was not exactly thought-provoking programming, but Christ... even Bewitched managed to turn out better than this. Bo and Luke Duke (Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville) are good-ol-boy cousins from Hazzard County, Georgia who spend their days delivering moonshine for their uncle Jessie (Willie Nelson), racing their super-charged General Lee around and generallygettin' into all kinds of good natured fightin' and fussin'. Their biggest enemy is Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds), the meanest, richest man in Hazzard County. Boss Hogg has it out against the Duke boys and constantly sends the sherrif, Roscoe P. Coltrane (MC Gainey) after them. When the boys get wind that Hogg wants to turn Hazzard into a huge mine, they decide to stop him... even if it means compromising the big race (but it won't, of course). It's all cars crashing and Daisy Duke (animatronic tits-and-ass Jessica Simpson, who's a horrible actress but fills out her costumes admirably) taking off her clothes; in that respect, it's an accurate remake, but it's absolutely not funny. The jokes are rather lame and obvious, and most of the dialogue is stunningly banal. At least it's not really that offensive, especially considering the setting: there's one scene that I think was meant to be a blackface gag but makes so little sense that you don't really have time to get offended. It often relies on delivery and personality, but you're not going to find that in Scott and Knoxville. Both are acceptable comic actors when playing to type (respectively, moronic and batshit) but here their characters are basically interchangeable and muddy. No one's given anything to do, everything is obvious and forced. Another pointless casualty to a pointless fad; another two hours of my life spent on absolutely nothing remotely original.

Strangef8  [ 6.0 ]    [ add to preferred ]    [ email this review to a friend ]

I grew up watching DOH, so when I heard they were making a movie I got kind of excited. Then I started hearing bad things about it. Then I watched it. Know what I learned? Don't listen to other people. While the movie wasn't Schindler's List or anything. It wasn't as bad as some people say. I enjoyed it and plan on buying it. I do have some problems with the film, which I'll get to in a bit.

The plot. The Duke boys save Hazzard. What else do they ever do? Boss Hogg plans on strip mining Hazzard County and it's up to the Dukes to stop him. He brings a celebrity racer in to race in the annual rally as a distraction so no one will go to the courthouse and object.

The casting was pretty good as long as you aren't expecting the same characters. Sure, they all have the same names, but nobody acts like their character from the show, except maybe for Enos. That is my main issue with the film, but if you can get past that it's a fun flick. Burt Reynolds plays a mean Boss Hogg, not the bumbling fat dude Sorrell Booke used to play. Wait, isn't that Roscoe? Oh, right, that was everybody who wasn't a Duke, lol. Same with Roscoe, just a mean cop. I just wanted to hear that classic Roscoe laugh, just once. Willie Nelson plays a hilariously raunchy Uncle Jesse who basically just spouts crude one liners all the time. Quite different from the TV series, check the best lines for an example. Johnny Knoxville and Sean William Scott are just being themselves, good or bad, I'll let you decide. Jessica Simpson in Daisy Dukes and a bikini? Need I say more? Sorry Judi, but she bounces nicely. The General Lee-of course it's a character, it's the whole reason to watch the movie. Although Jessica Simpson comes in a very close second, it's still all about the car. It's beautiful. They used 26 different Chargers for the movie. And not many digital effects. All the jumps and crazy stunts were real. It's almost worth it just for the stunts.

Couple of things I really wanted to see. Roscoe's laugh, someone saying "Cuff ’em and stuff 'em", cameos by some of the original cast would have been nice, but at least there is a good amount of gratuitous nudity (and more in the additional scenes!).

Let's see, what else. Two great blooper reels- one PG-13, one unrated. Jessica Simpson music video.
In the end. Not the same but not completely stupid either.

Best lines:

Luke: How was it?
Bo: It's never bad.

Bo: I'm never getting' out of this car again! I'm gonna eat in it, I'm gonna sleep in it, and I'm gonna make sweet love to it!
Luke: You mean you're gonna make sweet love in it.
Bo: No, I'm gonna fuck it.

Luke: Actually we prefer Appalachian Americans.

Uncle Jesse: What I'm about to do, I don't want to remember a lot of it.
Luke: You thinkin' about throwin' that?
Uncle Jesse: Oh, I'm gonna throw it... I was thinkin' about pussy.

Uncle Jesse: An apple a day'll keep the doctor away darlin.
Beauregard and Lukas Duke, can you dig it?

Till the next "talkie",
Mitch

DokBrowne  [ 6.0 ]    [ add to preferred ]    [ email this review to a friend ]

Dumb but affable and inoffensive (i.e. no horrible scatalogical jokes, and the plot is so directly simple-minded that there's no need to fault the screenplay, really). The movie doesn't try to be anything else but a rowdy car-chase comedy, and it's perfectly decent by those standards. Personally, I was glad to see class clowns Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott back on screen after long absences from both, and each doing their thing as well as ever (Knoxville being an impetuous stuntman, Scott being crazy). I'm not much for Jessica Simpson - I find her very existence rather irksome - but she doesn't get in the way too much.

Really, I don't see why everyone was so harsh on this movie. It's a spirited romp and an apt tribute to the show, and okay fine, so the show wasn't great (I myself never cared for it), but it's not like it was super-incredibly awful, either. It was just a throwaway diversion, and this movie adapts that sensibility to a tee. What's so bad about that? I mean, if nothing else, it's nowhere near as wrong as this summer's other TV-remakes "Bewitched" and "The Honeymooners"

Emmitt  [ 2.5 ]    [ add to preferred ]    [ email this review to a friend ]

pretty bad , the tv show was okay but this was terrible, stupid actors and it wasnt funny.

youngg8578   4.5  ]

 
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