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Dukes of Hazzard Review

Published August 5, 2005 in Movie Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Warner Bros
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The Dukes of Hazzard is one of those films that you really hope to make you laugh your ass off. The talent is there, Seann William Scott is the usual guarantee and Johnny Knoxville still has the Jackass humor that should have you keeling over in your seats. Nevermind the fact that these two guys are surrounded by an impressive cast that includes Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds, Lynda Carter, and most of the crew from Broken Lizard.

However, I didn't laugh that loud or that often. Though there are a couple memorable moments, The Dukes of Hazzard is one of those films that is best visited during the daytime. You know… matinee.

The Dukes of Hazzard Review

The Dukes of Hazzard actually surprised me in a way. While I expected a silly movie with fun humor I instead encountered a story of the Duke boys, a town in need, and a film with some of the best looking car chases we can expect to see this year. I thought emphasis would have rather been spent on the humor than the car; but Jay Chandrasekhar [director] took a different road.

The story to The Dukes of Hazzard is the standard run of the mill that most familiar with show should know. Boss Hogg [Burt Reynolds] is the corrupted official of the town and uses every resource necessary to keep the Duke boys [Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville] at bay. However, instead of only being enemy to the Duke's and family friends, Boss Hogg is conspiring to bring the whole town of Hazzard down in order to achieve financial gain.

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Jay Chandrasekhar [Super Troopers] applies four major elements to make The Dukes of Hazzard the film that it is. First, he has no problem showing off all the limbs and various face profiles of the erection - causing Jessica Simpson. I have repeatedly bashed the trailers due to that stupid sounding line that Simpson says about something bouncing into her 'under carriage.' Luckily for moviegoers, that is her most stupid line in the film as she plays Daisy Duke, cousin to the Duke brothers. I was very impressed with Jay Chandrasekhar in this respect, as he figured the perfect way to use Jessica Simpson-- solid eye candy gold.

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Second, Chandrasekhar featured cameos of all of our favorite highway patrol men from the film that made him great, Super Troopers. While I figured that Chandrasekhar thought that using these guys from Broken Lizard would have had a very pleasing effect, the result was neutral at best. Actually, some of these guys have changed so much [weight being a factor] that it was hard to spot them even when they spoke right in front of the camera.

The third element applied to The Dukes of Hazzard is the natural comedy that was bound to occur between Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville. While I had figured this humor to be the number one element to the film, therefore making me laugh like crazy, it got the passenger seat as number two. Yes, there are a couple memorable moments in The Dukes of Hazzard between these guys, but they just didn't have me laughing out load through out the whole film; I smiled a lot though. One of my favorite scenes goes to Seann William Scott who, after discovering that his brother had been sleeping with the girl of his dreams, makes the most humorous angry face of the entire film. Classic.

The number one element applied to The Dukes of Hazzard is the driving and chase sequences. Yes, these will be some of the coolest chase / race scenes you should see in a film this year. And, though I was thoroughly impressed by the driving and camera work, I would have rather had more comedy and less driving around. However, I am sure there are those that will allow the chase scenes to make The Dukes of Hazzard one of their favorite films of the summer. But I wasn't looking for scenes such as that of Bourne Supremacy, I was looking for comedy to the standard of Wedding Crashers, and The Dukes of Hazzard just didn't have it.


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