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The Dukes of Hazzard

25 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A bigger-louder-dumber take on that good ol' CBS hillbilly hit, the movie version of "The Dukes of Hazzard" starts off on the wrong foot and keeps heading, appropriately, south.

Let's be honest: The hourlong series, which ran for 6 1/2 seasons (and was even able to bounce right back after its stars sat out the 1982-83 season in a contract dispute), would never be mistaken for high, or even middling, art.

But nowhere to be found here is any of the goofy charm of the original and its indefensible ability to keep the testosterone humming thanks, generally, to the revved-up General Lee and, more specifically to Daisy Duke and her, uh, Daisy Dukes.

Instead, there are a ton of dead-end car chases and remarkably few laughs, meaning this would-be action comedy quickly sputters out on both counts.

Aside from the unknown quantity represented by those who have been aching to see if Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson have what it takes to become big-screen sensations, this Warner Bros. Pictures release likely will stall upon arrival.

Called upon to fill the boots of Tom Wopat and John Schneider as hell-raisin' cousins Luke and Bo Duke, Knoxville and Seann William Scott spend an awful lot of time riding around in their trusty orange Dodge Charger, but John O'Brien's script doesn't give them any real place to go.

That goes double for the rest of the characters, including Burt Reynolds as a decidedly trimmed down Boss Hogg (played by Sorrell Booke in the series) and Willie Nelson, subbing for Denver Pyle as joke-crackin' Uncle Jesse.

After having proven himself with the offbeat cult comedies "Super Troopers" and "Club Dread", both featuring fellow members of his Broken Lizard sketch troupe, director Jay Chandrasekhar might have seemed like a good choice to put a fresh spin on the material. But he seems lost without the rest of his team (who manage to pop up in assorted cameos), demonstrating a tin ear for the purported comedy and a lead foot for the daredevil sequences that wouldn't have cut it on an installment of "Jackass".

Recruited to fill out that item of apparel made famous by the underrated Catherine Bach, meanwhile, Jessica Simpson and her attire make equally brief appearances. More of her actual performance might turn up on DVD, but the bits that make it into the theatrical version play like outtakes from her more entertaining "These Boots Are Made for Walkin' " video.

Speaking of outtakes, those that show up in the end credits prove to be a lot funnier and feature cooler smash-ups than anything in the main event.

Pulling double duty, Nelson also covers the show's memorable theme song, "Good Ol' Boys", which was made famous by his old buddy, the late Waylon Jennings. But like everything else about this wayward production, it's a pale imitation of the original.

The Dukes of Hazzard

Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. Pictures presents

in association with Village Roadshow Pictures

A Bill Gerber production

Credits:

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Producer: Bill Gerber

Executive producers: Eric McLeod, Dana Goldberg, Bruce Berman

Screenwriter: John O'Brien

Based on characters created by: Gy Waldron

Director of photography: Lawrence Sher

Production designer: Jon Gary Steele

Editors: Lee Haxall, Myron Kerstein

Costume designer: Genevieve Tyrrell

Music: Nathan Barr

Cast:

Luke Duke: Johnny Knoxville

Bo Duke: Seann William Scott

Daisy Duke: Jessica Simpson

Boss Hogg: Burt Reynolds

Gov. Jim Applewhite: Joe Don Baker

Pauline: Lynda Carter

Uncle Jesse: Willie Nelson

MPAA rating PG-13

Running time -- 105 minutes »

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Warner Bros. puts up its 'Dukes'

7 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With the boxoffice in a weakened state, Hollywood won't be luring as many moviegoers as possible back to the theaters this weekend because it is fielding only one new wide release. That being said, Warner Bros. Pictures is sure to continue its strong summer with the bow of The Dukes of Hazzard in 3,785 theaters. Holdovers from the past few weeks will fill out the top 10, with Sony Pictures' Stealth, last weekend's disappointment, likely to free-fall on its way out of theaters. Starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as the "closer than brothers" cousins in the film version of the popular '70s show, the PG-13 Dukes is looking to bring in the teenage crowd and people looking for a little nostalgia. The real lure of the film seems to be the 1969 orange Dodge Charger named the General Lee and singer Jessica Simpson as the scantily clad Daisy Duke -- both likely to appeal to the NASCAR demographic. Willie Nelson co-stars as Uncle Jesse, while Burt Reynolds plays the boys' nemesis, Boss Hogg. Also making a return to the big screen is Lynda Carter, playing Uncle Jesse's love interest. The film, from director Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), has received added press from actor and former Georgia congressman Ben Jones, who played the wisecracking mechanic Cooter in the iconic TV series. Jones has been on a campaign to stop people from seeing the film, saying it's "a sleazy insult." But it's highly unlikely his activism will have any impact on the film's boxoffice, particularly because most of the series' other stars have given the feature film their blessing. Industry sources are putting the film's opening gross in the $25 million-$30 million range. Most have said that if the market weren't in its depressed state, the film would likely gross more than $30 million. »

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'Dukes' propelled to top with $30.6 mil take

7 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As the weekend's lone new wide release, Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dukes of Hazzard turned in a royal performance at the boxoffice this weekend. The action-comedy revved up an estimated $30.6 million on its debut to claim the top spot and consequently helped lift the overall session higher than the comparable frame last year. Co-produced with Village Roadshow and starring Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson, the filmed adaptation of the famed 1970s television series arrived at the high end of expectations, despite an abundance of less-than-flattering reviews. And while not setting any industry records the opening for the Jay Chandrasekhar-directed Dukes, which is rated PG-13, was a company best in August for the distributor. On the whole, it was a dominating weekend for the Time Warner filmed entertainment family. From three film divisions the company had five pictures in the weekend's top six films, whose combined boxoffice composed a stout 70% of the total for the session's top 12 features. And three of those five films have been sitting in the top spot for the past four consecutive weekends. The previous weekend's champ, New Line Cinema's Wedding Crashers, continued to defy boxoffice gravity, falling off a scant 18% in its fourth frame and landing in the second spot with an estimated $16.5 million. Helmed by David Dobkin and starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, the R-rated sleeper hit comedy has racked up an impressive tally of about $144.1 million to date. Warner Bros.' »

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'Dukes' propelled to top with $30.6 mil take

7 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As the weekend's lone new wide release, Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dukes of Hazzard turned in a royal performance at the boxoffice this weekend. The action-comedy revved up an estimated $30.6 million on its debut to claim the top spot and consequently helped lift the overall session higher than the comparable frame last year. Co-produced with Village Roadshow and starring Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson, the filmed adaptation of the famed 1970s television series arrived at the high end of expectations, despite an abundance of less-than-flattering reviews. And while not setting any industry records the opening for the Jay Chandrasekhar-directed Dukes, which is rated PG-13, was a company best in August for the distributor. On the whole, it was a dominating weekend for the Time Warner filmed entertainment family. From three film divisions the company had five pictures in the weekend's top six films, whose combined boxoffice composed a stout 70% of the total for the session's top 12 features. And three of those five films have been sitting in the top spot for the past four consecutive weekends. The previous weekend's champ, New Line Cinema's Wedding Crashers, continued to defy boxoffice gravity, falling off a scant 18% in its fourth frame and landing in the second spot with an estimated $16.5 million. Helmed by David Dobkin and starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, the R-rated sleeper hit comedy has racked up an impressive tally of about $144.1 million to date. Warner Bros.' »

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Warner Bros. puts up its 'Dukes'

5 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With the boxoffice in a weakened state, Hollywood won't be luring as many moviegoers as possible back to the theaters this weekend because it is fielding only one new wide release. That being said, Warner Bros. Pictures is sure to continue its strong summer with the bow of The Dukes of Hazzard in 3,785 theaters. Holdovers from the past few weeks will fill out the top 10, with Sony Pictures' Stealth, last weekend's disappointment, likely to free-fall on its way out of theaters. Starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as the "closer than brothers" cousins in the film version of the popular '70s show, the PG-13 Dukes is looking to bring in the teenage crowd and people looking for a little nostalgia. The real lure of the film seems to be the 1969 orange Dodge Charger named the General Lee and singer Jessica Simpson as the scantily clad Daisy Duke -- both likely to appeal to the NASCAR demographic. Willie Nelson co-stars as Uncle Jesse, while Burt Reynolds plays the boys' nemesis, Boss Hogg. Also making a return to the big screen is Lynda Carter, playing Uncle Jesse's love interest. The film, from director Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), has received added press from actor and former Georgia congressman Ben Jones, who played the wisecracking mechanic Cooter in the iconic TV series. Jones has been on a campaign to stop people from seeing the film, saying it's "a sleazy insult." But it's highly unlikely his activism will have any impact on the film's boxoffice, particularly because most of the series' other stars have given the feature film their blessing. Industry sources are putting the film's opening gross in the $25 million-$30 million range. Most have said that if the market weren't in its depressed state, the film would likely gross more than $30 million. »

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Warner Bros. puts up its 'Dukes'

4 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With the boxoffice in a weakened state, Hollywood won't be luring as many moviegoers as possible back to the theaters this weekend because it is fielding only one new wide release. That being said, Warner Bros. Pictures is sure to continue its strong summer with the bow of The Dukes of Hazzard in 3,785 theaters. Holdovers from the past few weeks will fill out the top 10, with Sony Pictures' Stealth, last weekend's disappointment, likely to free-fall on its way out of theaters. Starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as the "closer than brothers" cousins in the film version of the popular '70s show, the PG-13 Dukes is looking to bring in the teenage crowd and people looking for a little nostalgia. The real lure of the film seems to be the 1969 orange Dodge Charger named the General Lee and singer Jessica Simpson as the scantily clad Daisy Duke -- both likely to appeal to the NASCAR demographic. Willie Nelson co-stars as Uncle Jesse, while Burt Reynolds plays the boys' nemesis, Boss Hogg. Also making a return to the big screen is Lynda Carter, playing Uncle Jesse's love interest. The film, from director Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), has received added press from actor and former Georgia congressman Ben Jones, who played the wisecracking mechanic Cooter in the iconic TV series. Jones has been on a campaign to stop people from seeing the film, saying it's "a sleazy insult." But it's highly unlikely his activism will have any impact on the film's boxoffice, particularly because most of the series' other stars have given the feature film their blessing. Industry sources are putting the film's opening gross in the $25 million-$30 million range. Most have said that if the market weren't in its depressed state, the film would likely gross more than $30 million. »

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