CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,
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"The Dukes of Hazzard" Retro 1970's with a touch of dirty old man

Most people I talk to are tired of movies created from 25 year old television series, especially if it is a bad television series like "The Dukes of Hazard." The Republic serials begat Burt Reynold's redneck movies that begat the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard." While attending the Dillard School of Performing Arts, our acting teacher would rage against the acting of Bo and Luke Duke. Since this teacher turned out to be gay, he made no mention about the charms of Daisey Duke.

Jessica Simpson's interpretation of Daisey Duke made me wish I was a 5th grade boy again. She is given a great cinematic entrance with a great soundtrack. She filled out a bikini quite nicely and the actress seemed to understand that she was in on a big multi million dollar joke.

As Boss Hogg, Burt Reynolds knows where the joke begins with "The Dukes of Hazzard." At first it seemed a sad reflection that the matinee idol of "Smokey and the Bandit" had now become the villainous buffoon. Reynolds seems to be having fun as a parody of both himself and the late Jackie Gleason.

It takes both Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott to fulfill Reynolds bipolar boots. Knoxville is the womanzer and Scott is the motorhead. Of the two, Scott steals the show. In fact Scott is the best young Duke of them all, including Tom Wompat, John Schneider, Byron Cherry and Christopher Mayer.

"The Dukes of Hazzard" shows how cultural morays have changed over the years. The Confederate Flag creates an interesting social dimension to this movie.

Sadly the character of Uncle Jesse has taken a turn towards the darkness of Satan. On the television show, Denver Pyle portrayed an avuncular Santa Claus like figure. In the movie, Willie Nelson makes Uncle Jesse a dirty old man who spends too much time in the smoke house. Given Willie's public endorsement of marijuana usage, the smoke house takes on a double meaning that parents might have to explain to their impressionable children.

Oh..the plot?
The Dukes of Hazzard foil Boss Hogg's plans of county conquest.
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