The Dukes of Hazzard – Review

Worth seeing: as a cheeky, low-brow Hollywood treatment of a classic TV series
Director:Jay Chandrasekhar
Featuring:Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Burt Reynolds, Jay Chandrasekhar, Jessica Simpson, Joe Don Baker, Lynda Carter, Willie Nelson
Length:104 minutes
Certificate:12A
Country:US
Released:24th August 2005

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Cousins Bo (Seann William Scott) and Luke (Johnny Knoxville) have enemies in law enforcement looking for any excuse to trip them up.

Bo is gearing up to take on a big-shot racing driver in the Hazzard rally when they discover a conspiracy to take over farms and turn them into quarries.

The corrupt businessman, Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds), has set up a court hearing for opponents to complain, but it clashes with the rally.

Can Bo win the rally and get to the courthouse on time, while Luke rounds up the locals to add their voices to the protest?

Off course they can – but that’s hardly the point. This isn’t about the story – it’s about the ride.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

The latest nostalgic TV series to get the Hollywood treatment delivers exactly what you’d expect: cheeky humour, lots of female flesh and wild car chases.

This is about as low-brow as films come and makes no attempt to stimulate the brain.

It shamelessly sets out to entertain a post-pub audience, Saturday night audience and succeeds.

The director and supporting cast come from the “Broken Lizard” comedy group behind Supertroopers and Club Dread. In those films, they all liked like they were having fun, but we certainly didn’t. In this case, the film is equally mindless – but we have fun too.