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The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)

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Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 166
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 144

A dumb, goofy, and vacuous adaptation of a TV show where plot is simply an excuse to string together the car chases.

19

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 34

A dumb, goofy, and vacuous adaptation of a TV show where plot is simply an excuse to string together the car chases.

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Movie Info

The General Lee is back and so are the Duke boys in this big-screen adaptation of the hit TV series, brought to you by Jay Chandrasekhar of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe. Set in the "present day," the story follows Bo (Seann William Scott) and Luke (Johnny Knoxville) as they cruise around Hazzard County and wreck havoc in their classic 1969 Dodge Charger. Together with their scantily clad cousin Daisy (Jessica Simpson) and moonshining Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson), the two good old boys battle

PG-13,

Action & Adventure, Comedy

John O'Brien

Dec 6, 2005

$80.2M

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All Critics (170) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (144) | DVD (25)

Good, stupid fun.

April 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (4)
Chicago Reader
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Whether you find all this inane or offensive will probably depend on whether you buy the Dukes' defence of 'never meaning no harm'; either way it's pretty hard going.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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I hated this movie. It represents everything that's wrong with the studio system.

August 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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After the first chase scene, it's obvious that Scott and Knoxville don't have enough charisma to carry the film, or to even make anarchic destruction and evading the law into something if not sexy at least endearing.

August 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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The Dukes of Hazzard does such a textbook job of pandering to Bubba Q. Public that it ought to run for political office.

August 5, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Like most movies based on old television shows, Dukes is all concept, with a few jokes written into its crevices.

August 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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The Dukes of Hazzard only works during the chase sequences, and just sits there the rest of the time. There are some moments of inspired visual lunacy, but that's it.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

There's really nothing to enjoy here other than a lot of stale dialogue, and a pitiful grab for a franchise.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

If rubber-burning car chases and short shorts are your thing, this is the summer remake for you.

April 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

You can't say those involved in the film didn't have fun -- sure looks like they had a blast. Shame is as an audience we can't say the same.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Hillbilly Heaven, if you even want to go there.

April 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

The movie goes extra lite on the comic fluff, while doing the usual heavy handed thing when it comes to hayseed caricatures.

April 9, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

This must rank as one of the most hollowly formulaic hot-weather blockbusters ever let out of the can.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Don't bother with this movie. If you're just itching for more Dukes, stick to the original series on DVD.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

...you can't say the movie isn't lively, like a big old-fashioned Warner Bros. cartoon.

July 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Jay Chandrasekhar (of the unfunny comedy troupe Broken Lizard) directs without wit or style.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The only thing The Dukes of Hazzard has in abundance is hate.

January 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Instead of the promised lighthearted tone of the TV series, the big screen update avails itself of its PG-13 liberties and comes stuffed with a barnful of profanity and enough marijuana references to satisfy even the most stoned out Cheech and Chong fan.

November 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It's got a few laughs and some impressive car chases, but mostly, it's just a puzzling jumble of gags and exhaust fumes.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Não é apenas sem graça; é, também, moralmente ofensivo, sendo povoado por personagens desprezíveis, ignorantes e preconceituosos (o que inclui os 'heróis').

September 23, 2005
Cinema em Cena

A spirited, high energy romp that is naught but yee-haw nonsense, The Dukes of Hazzard is a rev a second.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

[Jessica Simpson] literally couldn't act if her life depended on it - she appears to only be there to provide eye candy and, frankly, she's not all that attractive in the first place.

September 3, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)
ViewLondon

It's either hell being a hillbilly or a hell of a lot of fun being a hillbilly. Here, it's hell.

September 1, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Comes reasonably close to [being] finger-licking good.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
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Audience Reviews for The Dukes of Hazzard

Not too sure where I stand with this update of the classic kids show. This is one of those times where making a film for the younger audience is probably the best option yet they went the other way.

The main problem here is the fact that The Dukes of Hazzard was a TV show for kids. it was light hearted in a fun 'A-Team' 'Knight Rider' kind of way. This new film takes that kind hearted approach and throws it out of the window to make room for a new crude vulgar version with tits n ass.

I will admit that at times the film is good fun, the massive car chase sequence at the end is a tornado of great stunts that is tremendous fun to watch. Much like the classic car chases in 'The Blues Brothers' its amazing to see the famous 'Dodge Charger' hurtle down the freeway and leap higher and farther than ever before. This though is about as fun as it gets.

The rest of the film really is a nasty cheap ass pile of predictable cliches in a bad straight to DVD 'National Lampoon's' way. The main casting of Knoxville and Scott as 'Bo' and 'Luke' was terrible and gave the game away immediately as what direction the film was going. Even Simpson as 'Daisy' was a bad choice, your everyday boring over tanned blonde barbie doll wannabe with luminously bleached teeth.
Yes she was sexy in her tight 'Daisy Dukes' but she was also vacuous with no character what so ever. The bad casting continued with Reynolds as 'Boss Hogg' who had no presence in the film a tall, a very weak performance.

Overall its a slightly mixed bag as there is some nice car porn in here but in general its a bad adaptation of the TV show. Shame they also had to bring the modern day PC bandwagon into the fray too. Not to be taken too seriously of course but you know deep down the original TV show is slightly frowned upon these days *groan*.

Unfortunately this is a rather sour spin on the TV show and spoils its good name, don't show your kids and avoid.
August 20, 2012
phubbs1

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........Wait, this is a movie?
March 24, 2012
Albert Kim

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The worst motion picture of all-time.
January 2, 2012
CreedsDelight

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A stupid, idiotic, ridiculous film that has no reason to exist apart from to cash in on a classic TV Series. Dumb, meaningless fun when your bored at best.
October 25, 2011
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    1. Uncle Jesse: You know what you get when you cross a donkey with an union?
    2. Luke Duke: What?
    3. Boss Hogg: A piece of ass that brings a tear to your eye!
    – Submitted by Jonny Jeremias S (21 months ago)
    1. Uncle Jesse: You know why divorces are so expensive?
    2. Luke Duke: Why?
    3. Uncle Jesse: Because they're worth it!
    – Submitted by Jonny Jeremias S (21 months ago)
    1. Daisy Duke: I think something bounced up in my undercarriage.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
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