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The Dukes of Hazzard

Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds and Jessica Simpson

Rated: PG-13
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: August 5, 2005 Released by:

Seann William Scott stars as Bo Duke and Johnny Knoxville as Luke Duke in this silly remake of the early 80's TV comedy.

The Dukes, along with Uncle Jesse, played by Willie Nelson (who didn't have to change his appearance much to play the grizzled back woodsman), make moonshine and deliver it in their beloved orange hotrod. The car gets almost more screen time than the Dukes themselves. Driven by Bo, the car screeches down Georgia's backwoods just out of the reach of the crooked Commissioner, Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds).

Hogg is out to steal properties in Hazzard, including the Dukes' farm, so he can strip mine the land for coal. But, the Dukes ain't gonna let him get away with that, doggone it!! So, they enlist the help of sexy cousin Daisy (Jessica Simpson - in her film debut), who shows up in her famous short shorts and low cut blouse to distract the local cops.

The film is loaded with stereotypical Southern characters, and although there are some college girls that the Dukes pick up, they couldn't pass a test between them. Duke's days are filled with drinking too much, fighting at the drop of a hat and making a fool of the sheriff.

With their goofy grins and "aw-shoucks" attitudes, the Dukes are fun-loving, girl chasing, fast driving good ole boys. Even so, with all their Southern charm and good natured hi-jinks, their car ends up being the best thing in the film.

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