Opens Fri Aug 5
I'd be a liar if I said The Dukes of Hazzard isn't a horrible movie. It takes the late-'70s/early-'80s TV show--in which cousins Bo and Luke Duke drove around in their '69 Dodge Charger, the General Lee, taunting cops and tearin' ass around Hazzard County, Georgia--and creates a thoroughly mixed modern version.
But--and here's how easily I'm amused--it's fucking Dukes of Hazzard, man! It's got Bo and Luke! Driving around! Jumping over shit in the General! Awesome!
Unfortunately, it takes a while to get to the awesomeness. Director Jay Chandrasekhar spearheads the so-so comedy troupe Broken Lizard (Super Troopers, Club Dread), and Dukes suffers from Broken Lizard's annoying traits: Pointless plotlines, sitcom-esque set-ups, unfunny jokes. True, we get to see shenanigans from Bo and Luke (Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville, perfectly at home in Georgia's backwoods), the fuming politician Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds), the hot Daisy Duke (Jessica Simpson), and Willie Nelson as the moonshine-making Uncle Jesse. But there's a lot of stupid shit: Whole sections that're filler, weak jokes about the General Lee's Confederate flag, flimsy excuses to show Daisy in her Daisy Dukes. (Not that I'm complaining--Simpson might be making a career out of acting borderline retarded, but goddamn she's hot.)
But then Dukes starts kickin' ass. The TV show was just about hillbillies having fun, and Chandrasekhar is smart enough to know that's where Dukes should end up. Halfway through, ZZ Top and AC/DC hit the soundtrack, and Bo starts really driving the General Lee--kicking it into some amazing drifts and ridiculous jumps, all punctuated with shamelessly exuberant "Yeeeee hawwww!"s. Throw in Willie Nelson telling jokes while throwing Molotov cocktails at cop cars and more welcome excuses to undress Daisy, and Dukes is ultimately pretty damn fun. Yeah, it's a simple concept, and okay, The Dukes of Hazzard is pretty horrible. But as simple concepts and horrible movies go, you could do a lot worse than having two funny guys tearing around in a badass car with a sexy girl and Willie Nelson. I mean, c'mon! It's fucking Dukes of Hazzard, man!