The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)



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

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 the corrupt county commissioner Boss Hog (Burt Reynolds) when he and local Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (M.C. Gainey) threaten to take away the family farm. John O'Brien has the lone writer's credit on the film, though additional uncredited rewrites were handled by the Broken Lizard gang. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, crude and drug-related humor, language and comic action violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John O'Brien
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 6, 2005
Box Office: $80.2M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Alice Greczyn
as Laurie Pullman
Jessica Simpson
as Daisy Duke
Michael Weston
as Dep. Enos Strate
Michael Roof
as Dil Driscoll
Burt Reynolds
as Boss Hogg
Willie Nelson
as Uncle Jesse
Lynda Carter
as Pauline
Kim Wall
as State Trooper
Jack Polick
as Dep. Cletus
Joe Don Baker
as Gov. Jim Applewhite
M.C. Gainey
as Rosco P. Coltrane
Rip Taylor
as Himself
Mitch Braswell
as Out of Towner #1
Rusty Tennant
as Local One
Junior Brown
as The Balladeer
James Roday
as Billy Prickett
Dolan Wilson
as Local Two
David Leitch
as Puncher
Jay Chandrasekhar
as Campus Cop No. 1
A.J. Foyt
as Race Car Driver #1
Andrew Prine
as Angry Man
Jim Cody Williams
as Security Guard Chip
Tammi Arender
as Local Reporter #1
Artist Robinson
as 18 Wheeler Driver
Tenia Taylor
as Pretty Girl
Bruce McKinnon
as Van Driver
Lara Grice
as Female Passenger
Kristen Laird
as Sorority Girl #1
Brittany Pourciau
as Sorority Girl #2
Erica Lee Man
as Sorority Girl #3
Crystal Barrett
as Sorority Girl
Jillian Batherson
as Sorority Girl
Kristen Broussard
as Sorority Girl
Christina DaRe
as Sorority Girl
Amber Duke
as Sorority Girl
Hana Dupre
as Sorority Girl
Jennifer Foster
as Sorority Girl
Alexis Hebert
as Sorority Girl
Tracey Mills
as Sorority Girl
Nikki Griffin
as Katie Johnson
Erik Stolhanske
as Campus Cop #2
Thomas Elliott
as Tough Guy #1
Dremaceo Giles
as Tough Guy #2
Thomas Hyde
as Prisoner #1
Danny Haneman
as Older Cop
Tobi Gadison Brown
as Younger Cop
Christine Richard
as Lexus Driver
Emily Smith
as Female Reporter
Stacy Brown
as Female Reporter
Alicen Holden
as Governor's Aide
Paul Soter
as Rick Shakely
Grace C. Gerber
as Little Girl
Thomas Elliott
as Tough Guy #1
Dan Montgomery
as Spectator
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Critic Reviews for The Dukes of Hazzard

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (44)

Good, stupid fun.

Full Review… | April 22, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | April 22, 2008

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 primarily for kids. It was light-hearted and had the same kind of theme as other classic TV shows like The A-Team, Knight Rider and Airwolf. 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 and 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. Unfortunately this is about as fun as it gets for both thrills and whimsical retro goodness.

The rest of the film really is a nasty cheap-ass pile of stereotypical cliches in a bad straight to DVD National Lampoon's kinda way. The main casting of Knoxville and Scott as Bo and Luke was terrible and gave the game away immediately as to what direction the film was going in. 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 Levi cutoffs and lets be honest this character ain't here for intellectual conversation, but she was also vacuous with no character whatsoever. The bad casting continued with Reynolds as Boss Hogg who had no presence in the film at all. Just a big name for the advertising and a very weak performance.

Overall its a very mixed bag as there is some nice car porn in here but quite simply its a very bad adaptation of the TV show. Seeing the old General Lee zoom around is the most enjoyment you're gonna get outta this...if you grew up with the show that is (or you're a petrolhead).

Shame they also had to drag the modern day PC bandwagon into the fray. They just had to include present day politics didn't they, couldn't let that go, exactly why this should not have been set in the present day. 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. Chock full of needless cameos, way too glossy, hints at soft porn, crass and with added toilet humour. Basically its 'American Pie' and 'Jackass' injected into a much loved old TV show which is totally unacceptable frankly.

This is exactly what Stiller and co didn't do for their classic TV show adaptation and look at the difference in quality. Don't show this to your kids and avoid yourself.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

........Wait, this is a movie?

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

The worst motion picture of all-time.

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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