Dukes of Hazzard
Dukes of Hazzard is one of those films that you really
hope to make you laugh your ass off. The talent is there, Seann William
Scott is the usual guarantee and Johnny Knoxville still has the Jackass
humor that should have you keeling over in your seats. Nevermind the fact
that these two guys are surrounded by an impressive cast that includes Jessica
Simpson, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds, Lynda Carter, and most of the crew
from Broken Lizard.
However, I didn't laugh that loud or that often. Though there are a couple
memorable moments, The Dukes of Hazzard is one of those films that
is best visited during the daytime. You know… matinee.
The Dukes of Hazzard Review
The Dukes of Hazzard actually surprised
me in a way. While I expected a silly movie with fun humor I instead encountered
a story of the Duke boys, a town in need, and a film with some of the best
looking car chases we can expect to see this year. I thought emphasis would
have rather been spent on the humor than the car; but Jay Chandrasekhar
[director] took a different road.
The story to The Dukes of Hazzard is the standard run of the mill
that most familiar with show should know. Boss Hogg [Burt Reynolds] is the
corrupted official of the town and uses every resource necessary to keep
the Duke boys [Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville] at bay. However,
instead of only being enemy to the Duke's and family friends, Boss Hogg
is conspiring to bring the whole town of Hazzard down in order to achieve
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Jay Chandrasekhar [Super Troopers] applies four major elements
to make The Dukes of Hazzard the film that it is. First, he has
no problem showing off all the limbs and various face profiles of the erection
- causing Jessica Simpson. I have repeatedly bashed the trailers due to
that stupid sounding line that Simpson says about something bouncing into
her 'under carriage.' Luckily for moviegoers, that is her most stupid line
in the film as she plays Daisy Duke, cousin to the Duke brothers. I was
very impressed with Jay Chandrasekhar in this respect, as he figured the
perfect way to use Jessica Simpson-- solid eye candy gold.
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Second, Chandrasekhar featured cameos of all of
our favorite highway patrol men from the film that made him great, Super
Troopers. While I figured that Chandrasekhar thought that using these
guys from Broken Lizard would have had a very pleasing effect, the result
was neutral at best. Actually, some of these guys have changed so much [weight
being a factor] that it was hard to spot them even when they spoke right
in front of the camera.
The third element applied to The Dukes of Hazzard is the natural
comedy that was bound to occur between Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville.
While I had figured this humor to be the number one element to the film,
therefore making me laugh like crazy, it got the passenger seat as number
two. Yes, there are a couple memorable moments in The Dukes of Hazzard
between these guys, but they just didn't have me laughing out load through
out the whole film; I smiled a lot though. One of my favorite scenes goes
to Seann William Scott who, after discovering that his brother had been
sleeping with the girl of his dreams, makes the most humorous angry face
of the entire film. Classic.
The number one element applied to The Dukes of Hazzard is the driving
and chase sequences. Yes, these will be some of the coolest chase / race
scenes you should see in a film this year. And, though I was thoroughly
impressed by the driving and camera work, I would have rather had more comedy
and less driving around. However, I am sure there are those that will allow
the chase scenes to make The Dukes of Hazzard one of their favorite
films of the summer. But I wasn't looking for scenes such as that of Bourne
Supremacy, I was looking for comedy to the standard of Wedding
Crashers, and The Dukes of Hazzard just didn't
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