Directed by: JAY CHANDRASEKHAR
Starring: JESSICA SIMPSON, JOHNNY KNOXVILLE, SEANN WILLIAM
SCOTT, WILLIE NELSON, BURT REYNOLDS, LYNDA CARTER
Released by: Warner Bros.
Short: Stupid Southern yokels, really short
shorts, crazy car crashes and idiotic jokes
make "The Dukes of Hazzard" this summer's
Dukes Get Us Giggling
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.