So following on from Starksy & Hutch we have another film based on a 70s American TV show. This time it’s The Dukes of Hazzard and once again I’ve not seen the original show so can’t comment on how this film compares.
The film stars Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as cousins Luke and Bo Duke, a couple of moonshiners living in the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia with their other cousin Daisy and Uncle Jesse. Unlike Starsky & Hutch, which set the film in the 70s, this film brings the setting forward to the current day. Which feels a bit strange at times.
From the IMDb rating I was expecting something awful but was happily surprised. It isn’t that bad. I happen to quite like Knoxville and Seann William Scott and think the two of them here work really well together as the hick cousins. And Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke is just pure fanservice that can improve any film. Though perhaps the real star is not any of the actors but Bo’s beloved car The General Lee. The stunts and car chases throughout the film are really enjoyable and fun.
The plot is pretty poor but ultimately you won’t really care about that. It’s a good old dumb comedy with some entertaining car-action and eye-candy thrown in for good measure. You won’t find a comedy masterpiece here, but it should provide some laughs and not tax the brain. An enjoyable, if shallow, romp.