October 31st, 2011

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Duke brothers play it for laughs again; MOVIE OF THE WEEK Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville reprise cult classic from the Seventies-and watch out for Jessica Simpson too THE DUKES OF HAZZARD SAT, SKY MOVIES 2, 8pm.(Features)

Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland) October 28, 2006 Bo and Luke Duke are ‘just two good old boys, never meanin’ no harm’ – but somehow they always end up in bother.

Their TV adventures ran from 1979 to 1985 and saw them in one tight scrape after another.

But seven seasons of fun wasn’t enough, so last year the characters were resurrected for this gag-laden movie.

American Pie’ Seann William Scott and Johnny ‘Jackass’ Knoxville take over from John Schneider and Tom Wopat as the troublesome kinfolk and do a decent job -although die-hard fans of the show are sure to feel aggrieved their icons have been usurped. site 1969 dodge charger

The plot, not that it really matters, sees the Duke family’s farm under threat from the corrupt local commissioner, Boss Hogg, and his lapdog, Sheriff Roscoe PColtrane. website 1969 dodge charger

However, the clan aren’t prepared to go down without a fight.

With the support of wily old Uncle Jesse and curvaceous cousin Daisy, they come up with a daring scheme to keep what’s rightfully theirs and give the dastardly villains a taste of their ownmedicine.

What follows are increasingly outrageous scenarios, including the obligatory chase sequences with the famous 1969 Dodge Charger, nicknamed General Lee.

Some may argue the cast members are eclipsed by the car which, admittedly, seems to have taken on a life of its own. But as this is lightweight nonsense, nobody could have expected Oscar-winning performances.

That said, the cast deliver more than acceptable turns and make the most of the witty one-liners.

Legendary singer-songwriter Willie Nelson is perfect as the lads’ cunning elder and Jessica Simpson shakes her booty to full effect in Daisy’s celebrated denim hotpants.

Watch out for Lost’s MC Gainey as Roscoe P and the always watchable Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg.