Box art for Dukes of Hazzard

Dukes of Hazzard

action & adventure, comedy


Bo (SCOTT) and Luke (KNOXVILLE) Duke, who with the help of their cousin Daisy (SIMPSON) and Uncle Jesse (NELSON), try and save the family farm from being destroyed by Hazzard County's corrupt commissioner Boss Hogg (REYNOLDS).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    13%
  • Audience Score
    47%

common sense

OFF for kids age 13
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Lame update to the popular 1980s TV series.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film includes frequent sexual slang and antics, jokes about drugs, beer, and moonshine, commercial references (particularly to beer brands), rowdy language (especially various uses of "ass" and "s--t"), raucous bar fights (a billiard ball hits a man's crotch), and long, loud car chases punctuated by flips, hard landings, and collisions. Men shoot shotguns and flaming/exploding arrows; though, for all the mayhem, only vehicles and buildings are destroyed, no visible deaths. One cousin regularly chases after girls, the other makes lusty references to his car; Daisy (of short shorts fame) displays cleavage. The car (named the General Lee) features a Confederate flag on its roof, eliciting responses pro (yay from good ol' boys) and con (boo from a group of African-American men ). Also be aware that the closing credits outtakes feature more coarse language and imagery. (The unrated version also includes topless women.)

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's rampant use of stereotypes concerning hillbillies' bad taste and behaviors, sexual voraciousness, and violent excesses. Do such jokes hold up in 2005 (whether or not you laughed at the 1979-1985 CBS series)?
  • What are the effects of the film's ostensible "updates," that is, references to strip-mining, the Confederate flag decal's offensiveness, the uncle's pot-smoking, and the big business of car racing?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    13%
    reviews counted: 13
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  • Audience

    47%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A decent-enough rambunctious Southern-drive-in sort of time-waster.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: This must rank as one of the most hollowly formulaic hot-weather blockbusters ever let out of the can.

- David Noh, Film Journal International, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Loved this! Johnny Knoxville at his best!

- murphmann93, Friday, June 24, 2011

1 star

C-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

0 star

Immense failure of capturing what was good about the original TV show, this film adaptation of The Dukes of Hazzard is a terrible mess of a film that doesn't work whatsoever, and is a very poor attempt at trying to make a good comedy. I hated this film and it was a waste of time. The jokes were terrible, and the acting was awful. The story was also very bad. As a remake or adaptation is concerned, The Dukes of Hazzard fails to entertain, and just insults the viewer. The film is uninspired trash and everything about sucks. There is nothing to love about this. Now, in my teens I like the TV show, not a big fan, but I liked the show. However this film doesn't keep the essence of the series, it makes it hip for a young, teen audience, and overall the cast just sucks. This film is terrible, it's crap, and it sure as hell scraps the bottom of the barrel of bad, uninspired ideas. I'm not surprised one single bit that this film is in the 5$ bargain bin at Wal-Mart, the film awful. Hell paying five bucks seems too steep for this piece of trash. This is a stupid comedy that should be avoided at all costs. The Dukes of Hazzard should never have been made, and is one of the worst comedies that you can possibly see. Everything is so out of place, that there's almost nothing related to the original show except the Dodge Charger and the characters names. Aside from that, this is too modern a take on a classic TV show to make it work, and fails due to bad acting, and a very bad attempt at comedic relief.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Friday, September 23, 2011