The Dukes of Hazzard

Release Date: August 5, 2005
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Position Staff In Brief
46/166 David Mumpower While not a stellar adaptation, the Broken Lizard wit does shine through at times, making the movie entertaining more often than not.
49/60 Les Winan A good time at the movies, if not a good movie. The cast sure looked like they were having a blast and the car chases were fun, but...
62/85 Kim Hollis Much better than I was braced for, but probably not as good as I was hoping.

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It's time for another edition of Sing-a-long with BOP. C'mon, everybody
knows the words.

Just two good old boys, never meaning no harm.
Beats all you ever saw. Been in trouble with the law since the day they
was born.

Straightening the curves, flattening the hills.
Well someday the mountain might get 'em but the law never will.

Making their way the only way they know how.
That's just a little more than the law will allow.

Just two good ol' boys, wouldn't change if they could.
They're fighting the system like two modern day Robin Hoods.

That's right! The television show that introduced the world to the concept of Daisy Duke shorts is getting the big screen treatment. Following on the heels of recent TV-to-movie adaptations such as Charlie's Angels, The Flintstones, The Brady Bunch and the Addams Family, this one will attempt to remind the world how cool a car the General Lee is. Children of the 1970s unite! It's time to get Mom to get those Dukes of Hazzard sheets out of storage and overnight them to your house (after a quick stop-over at the cleaner's, of course).

Two guys with pretty strong reputations as far as humor goes are cast as the Duke boys. Johnny Knoxville is set to play Luke Duke (the Tom Wopat role in the original series), while American Pie's Seann William Scott will portray Bo (John Schneider on the television show). Jessica Simpson will play the girl in the tight denim cut-offs, Daisy. While the other roles are not yet official, the studio is leaning toward Burt Reynolds for Boss Hogg.

As for Roscoe P. Coltrane, his trusted (?) aides Enos and Cletus, and the ever-helpful Cooter, the casting hasn't even gotten up to the rumor stage for them yet. Finding the proper sweet-faced man in uniform to shyly romance Jessica Simpson is not an easy feat, after all.

What adventures will the boys and their car discover? A lot of it depends on whether wholesale changes are made to the original concept or not. A car with a southern flag on it is, in and of itself, a PC nightmare. If the two are facing off against an African American, it's readily apparent that changes are required.

Also noteworthy is the fact that the TV show played up the Robin Hood aspect a great deal by having the white trash icons eschew guns in favor of arrows. That is another decision to reconsider, though a quarter century later BOP still finds the novelty of it charming. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Dukes of Hazzard
Main Cast Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Jessica Simpson
Supporting Cast Burt Reynolds, Willie Nelson
Director Jay Chandrasekhar
Screenwriter Jay Chandrasekhar
Distributor Warner Bros.
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 105 minutes
Screen Count 3,785
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