The Dukes of Hazzard

Rated PG-13 105 minutes 2005

Unbelievably, director and co-writer Jay Chandrasekhar, writer John O'Brien (Starsky & Hutch), and Chandrasekhar's Broken Lizard mates actually use an old Dukes script as their jumping-off point for this unnecessary and unpleasant remake starring Sean William Scott and Johnny Knoxville -- specifically, the episode "Farewell, Hazzard," about efforts to strip-mine the Georgia town, given a racecar twist to rev the engines of the NASCAR Nation. And the filmmakers keep intact the show's conventions: its theme song performed by Waylon Jennings, heard over the opening credits and played again at the end by Willie Nelson, as Uncle Jesse; the voiceover narration; and a narrative that involves little more than extended scenes of police cars chasing the General Lee down dirt roads. Apparently, there are some who believe that Dukes of Hazzard should be treated as a sacred text. These are the very people who anxiously await big-screen makeovers for B.J. and the Bear, Carter Country, and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo.

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Official Site: dukesofhazzard.warnerbros.com

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Writer: Jonathan Davis and John O'Brien

Producer: Bill Gerber and Bruce Berman

Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Jessica Simpson, Burt Reynolds, Willie Nelson, M.C. Gainey, Michael Weston, Nikki Griffin, Lynda Carter and Kevin Heffernan

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