Hops and Box Office Flops: ‘DUKES OF HAZZARD – A Class-E Felony’
The Dukes of Hazzard was one of many TV shows to be adapted in the early and mid-2000s. Some were good, most were not. Dukes falls into the latter category.
But it shouldn’t have. Helmed by Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar and starring Johnny Knoxville, Sean Williams Scott, Burt Reynolds, and Jessica Simpson (amongst many other notable names), the ingredients were there. Yet despite its talented cast and director, it’s a painfully unfunny update that mostly runs on fumes.
The script, which ranges between mediocre and outright awful, has no real ideas of its own. This movie desperately wants to be Starsky & Hutch, which isn’t all that shocking since they apparently sought Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson for the lead roles.
Even worse, Dukes recycles jokes from movies that came out over a decade before it. There simply is not enough moonshine in Georgia to make you forget how much better the films it’s trying to emulate are. On the plus side, the care chases are pretty damn sweet.
In the end, though, like the Confederate Flag that adorns the General Lee, the concept was better left to the scrap heap of history. So sit back, pop the top on a Drivin’ and Cryin’ Straight to Hell Session IPA from Burnt Hickory Brewery, and slide across the hood of the General Lee! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Capt. Cash, Chumpzilla and the good old boys from the Double Turn Podcast are running moonshine down the backroads of Hazzard County!
This Week’s Segments:
- Introduction/Plot Breakdown – In the land of pointless TV show adaptations, Dukes ranks toward the bottom of the shine barrel. (00:00)
- The “Crazy” Cooter Trivia Challenge – Chumpzilla challenges us to a series of Dukes of Hazzard-themed questions—both from the show and movie. (1:11:18)
- Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week, and next up: One, two…the pod is coming for you! It’s the first entry in our “Flops that Go Bump in the Night” series, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare! (1:23:39)
And, as always, hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to check out all the interesting factoids—the insane choice for the director they wanted to helm the movie and more—from this week’s episode!