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.
The Dukes of Hazzard foil Boss Hogg's plans of county conquest.