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The Dukes of Hazzard

Lame update to the popular 1980s TV series.
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Somewhere behind the sex, violence and language, there is a subtle message of sticking by your family.

Positive role models

The male Dukes are bad-mouthed womanizers who don't respect the law, while young Daisy gives girls the wrong idea about beauty. She wears extremely revealing clothes and frequently strips down to a bikini to persuade men to do what she wants. Rather than focusing on intellect, Daisy solely relies on her sexuality to coerce others. The antagonists are worse than the Dukes: mean, arrogant, and corrupt.

Violence

Full of slapstick violence: bar fights, gunshots, and car accidents. Everything the Dukes touch turns into flames.

Sex

Some making out and scantily clad women, sexual double entendres, and references to past sexual encounters. The unrated version includes lots of topless women.

Language

Lots of strong language, like "s--t" and "ass" (though, per PG-13 guidelines, only one "f--k"). Sexist remarks and racial slurs are the base of much of the humor. Bo has the confederate flag painted on top of his car.

Consumerism

Lots of beer brands (Miller, Lowenbrau, Budweiser), stock car logos (Yahoo, Castrol, Coca Cola, etc.).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The Dukes are a moonshine-brewing family. People drink alcohol and there is mention of a fast car reflecting a "cheetah on cocaine." In the final scene old Uncle Jesse is caught smoking pot behind the barn.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes frequent sexual slang and antics, jokes about drugs, beer, and moonshine, commercial references (particularly to beer brands), rowdy language (especially various uses of "ass" and "s--t"), raucous bar fights (a billiard ball hits a man's crotch), and long, loud car chases punctuated by flips, hard landings, and collisions. Men shoot shotguns and flaming/exploding arrows; though, for all the mayhem, only vehicles and buildings are destroyed, no visible deaths. One cousin regularly chases after girls, the other makes lusty references to his car; Daisy (of short shorts fame) displays cleavage. The car (named the General Lee) features a Confederate flag on its roof, eliciting responses pro (yay from good ol' boys) and con (boo from a group of African-American men ). Also be aware that the closing credits outtakes feature more coarse language and imagery. (The unrated version also includes topless women.)

What's the story?

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD is all about the car. The General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger that goes fast and makes lots of noise, carts the Duke cousins Bo (Seann William Scott) and Luke (Johnny Knoxville) through Hazzard County, as they deliver Uncle Jesse's (Willie Nelson) moonshine. Bo loves his car, as it provides not only transportation but a sense of identity and invincibility (it wins races and seems to endure any manner of collision and hard landing). The boys are occasionally aided by their curvaceous cousin Daisy (Jessica Simpson), who is able to manipulate every idiot male who comes down that pike -- that would be, every male in sight -- by showing her barely covered rump and cleavage. A feud is started when self-important, greedy county commissioner Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds) plans to strip-mine the valley. To this end, he grabs the Dukes' farm, has the General Lee totaled, and brings in famous race car driver Billy Prickett (James Roday) to drive in the Hazzard County Rally.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Jay Chandrasekhar's movie is essentially just a lame series of rowdy antics rather than a sustained storyline. It's a string of broadly conceived hillbilly shenanigans, shoot-outs, vehicular mischief and repairs, and guest appearances by the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, Lynda Carter as Pauline, and Joe Don Baker as the Governor.

The movie does offer one awkward "update" of the CBS series, by acknowledging the car's infamous Confederate flag decal: during a brief trip to Atlanta (that is, the Big City), Bo and Luke run into a series of responses to the decal, pro and con, most notably a group of menacing black men in baggy pants upset when they see the cousins are also wearing an accidental blackface, following an explosion that leaves coal on their faces. No surprise, this addition only piles on more stereotypes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film's rampant use of stereotypes concerning hillbillies' bad taste and behaviors, sexual voraciousness, and violent excesses. Do such jokes hold up in 2005 (whether or not you laughed at the 1979-1985 CBS series)?

  • What are the effects of the film's ostensible "updates," that is, references to strip-mining, the Confederate flag decal's offensiveness, the uncle's pot-smoking, and the big business of car racing?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 5, 2005
DVD/Streaming release date:December 6, 2005
Cast:Jessica Simpson, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott
Director:Jay Chandrasekhar
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Comedy
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content, crude and drug-related humor, language and comic action violence

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Adult Written byohioan 2018 December 28, 2011

Terible movie

This is stupid and not anything like the '80s(amazing)version
Teen, 15 years old Written byTnMovieFan2 April 9, 2008

Good movie

I liked the Dukes of Hazzard. I don'tknow why critic's are being so harsh on this movie, though kids under 12 shouldn't see it.
Kid, 12 years old July 6, 2009

i liked it

i love this movie it is so funny
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking