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Dukes of Hazzard

Genre: Action/Comedy
Rated: PG-13
Directed by
: JAY CHANDRASEKHAR
Starring: JESSICA SIMPSON, JOHNNY KNOXVILLE, SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT, WILLIE NELSON, BURT REYNOLDS, LYNDA CARTER

Released by: Warner Bros.

In Short: Stupid Southern yokels, really short shorts, crazy car crashes and idiotic jokes make "The Dukes of Hazzard" this summer's guiltiest pleasure.

Dopey Dukes Get Us Giggling
Summer's Guiltiest Pleasure
By Jenny Peters

Check your brain at the door when you head in to see "The Dukes of Hazzard," and you'll probably have a good time at this totally mindless summer comedy. And if you loved the old television show, it’s even better because this big-screen adaptation follows the same formula that made it a popular hit back in the 80s.

All the elements you remember are there: the Dukes clan, country cousins Bo, Luke and Daisy, along with their moonshine-making Uncle Jesse, pitted against bad guys Boss Hogg and Sheriff Coltrane; General Lee, the souped-up orange '69 Dodge Charger that takes a lickin' and keeps on runnin'; and even the voiceover and freeze-frame lifted right from the show's unique style. Also on board adding their own strange brand of humor are the guys from the comedy troupe Broken Lizard ("Super Troopers," "Club Dread"), including Kevin Heffernan in a goofy wacko role and the film's director Jay Chandrasekhar.

The movie is so stupid it is funny, even as Bo (the always charming Seann William Scott) and Luke (Johnny Knoxville, whose "Jackass" experience serves him well in many scenes) careen across Georgia in the General Lee, doing things that would get them killed in a heartbeat in real life. It's easy to imagine some dumb 16-year-old seeing this movie and going out and immediately wrecking his car; let's hope all those testosterone-charged teens realize that these are stunts not to be tried at home.

The plot isn't worth discussing, but the fact that this film is Jessica Simpson's big-screen debut is. She definitely fills out those "Daisy Dukes," the ultra short-shorts that Catherine Bach made famous on television (and the rest of her looks pretty fantastic, too), but—surprise!—a great thespian she is not. Neither is Willie Nelson, who plays Uncle Jesse, but his deadpan delivery of corny old jokes just somehow makes you giggle.

Actually, there are lots of moments that made us giggle, often for seriously idiotic reasons. But that said, we were all laughing, and at the same time feeling slightly guilty about it. But if a cornpone, summer fluff flick is what you're in the mood for, just dumb your brain down for a couple of hours and go along for this wild ride.


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