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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 42min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Gerber Pictures, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Director(s): Jay Chandrasekhar
Producer(s): Bruce Berman, Bill Gerber, Dana Goldberg, Eric McLeod, Greg Silverman
Written by: Gy Waldron (television series), John O'Brien
Cinematography/Camera: Lawrence Sher
Music: Nathan Barr
Film Editing: Lee Haxall, Myron I. Kerstein
Casting: Lisa Mae Fincannon, Mary Vernieu
Production Design: Jon Gary Steele
Art Direction: Chris Cornwell
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
This TV to big screen version of The Dukes of Hazzard is another example that the film may not be true to the previews/trailers. The trailers I saw for The Dukes of Hazzard showed deputy Enos saying he was going to get fired as Daisy Duke (Jessica Simpson) sat on his desk in a skimpy two-piece bathing suit. Enos' comment was not in the cut of the film I saw. Also, the trailers showed Jessie Duke uttering an innuendo that Pauline has the best muffins to which she reciprocated with another innuendo saying she would have to warm them up for him. Then Daisy said that the pair should wait until she leaves. The cut I saw did not present that sequence either. Also, the scene where Luke says to Bo that he never gets tired of hearing the lawmen order the Dukes to surrender was not in the cut I saw. So, never trust completely the previews and trailers.
With a score of zero in four of the six CAP investigation areas (in W, I, S and O), resulting in a final score of 25, the PG-13 The Dukes of Hazzard is clearly equivalent to most R-rated films making it a "hardcore" R-13. The range of influence densities of the R-rated films in the comparative baseline database is 0.89 to 2.04 (the higher the figure the higher the density). The Dukes of Hazzard earned an influence density of 3.81 making it 190% more dense in assaults of morality and ethics, nearly two times more dense, than the most dense R-rated film in the comparative baseline database.
The more severe influence density is not because of severity of any particular examples of assault on morality and decency but due to the sheer numbers of assaults on morality of the "lesser" kind (see CAP Rule of 1000). Our Director - Child Psychological Support agrees with me that, for example, one hundred instances of seemingly innocuous assaults on morality can be more negatively influential than 10 instances of the more bold nature presented in the same amount of time.
The film opens with Bo Duke (Seann William Scott) and Luke Duke (Johnny Knoxville) running deliveries of moonshine for their uncle Jessie L. Duke (Willie Nelson). Their biggest fear is not of breaking the law but of breaking the mason jars during their high speed hijinks in The General, a 1969 Dodge Charger. On one of the stops Luke takes a break with the daughter of one of their customers.
The Duke boys get wind that Jefferson Davis Hogg, a.k.a. Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds), who has the sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (M.C. Gainey) and his deputy Enos Strate (Michael Weston) in his back pocket, plans to steal all the Hazzard County, Georgia land so he can strip mine the vast coal deposits. Boss Hogg and Roscoe P. have set up a network to prevent the populace from discovering the plan and, if discovered, to prevent them from getting to the courthouse to voice their opposition. Bo and Luke take it upon themselves to break the network and let the people have their say. A noble deed to be sure, but a noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path.
This film is what you might expect from the trailers and memories of the original TV series but with a lot more skin and a lot more profanity [Col. 3:8]. So much so the film earned a score of zero out of 100 in each of Impudence/Hate (I) and Sexual Immorality (S) investigation areas [Col 3:5].
The instances of violence in the film, most of which were also seemingly "lesser", but such a volume of them forced the Wanton Violence/Crime (W) score to zero. [Jonah 3:8]
The Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area earned a loss of 49 points due to alcohol and drug-related content. The score of Drugs/Alcohol investigation area score of 49 placed the alcohol and drug-related content of this film equivalent to many R-rated films [Eph. 5:18]
Likewise the film earned an Offense to God (O) investigation area score of zero, due to the rampant disregard for honor of His name but the film includes an instance of pretense using Jesus' name to garner a false positive impression. [Deut. 5:11]
Murder/Suicide (M) was the only investigation area to not find any programming to warrant loss of points.
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Col 3:5 in today-speak: Deprive of power, control and be master of rather than slave to members of your body given up to immoral sexual activity while living on the Earth; illicit sexual intercourse, the impurity of lustful living, lust, desire, craving, longing for what is forbidden, and greedy desire to have more, which is the worship of false gods, including the "god" of lust and inordinate desire.
***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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