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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (1hr 42min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 4, 2005
25 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ... a "hardcore" R-13 ... with a lot more skin and a lot more profanity

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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  • General: Eccl. 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. [When men can continue to demonstrate sins ("evil work") such as violence, filthy communications and sexually immoral acts without consequences, they will continue to do so with impunity and desire to do more.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
  • Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: [Mortify: nekroo {nek-ro'-o} - deprive of power, control, be master of rather than slave to. Members: melos {mel'-os} - a member of the human body given up to immoral sexual activity. Upon the earth: while living on the Earth. Fornication: porneia {por-ni'-ah} - illicit sexual intercourse. Uncleanness: akatharsia {ak-ath-ar-see'-ah} - in a moral sense, the impurity of lustful living. Inordinate affection: - pathos {path'-os} - lust. Evil concupiscence: epithumia {ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah} - desire, craving, longing for what is forbidden. Covetousness: pleonexia {pleh-on-ex-ee'-ah} - greedy desire to have more. Idolatry: eidololatreia {i-do-lol-at-ri'-ah}: the worship of false gods, including the "god" of lust and inordinate desire].
    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.
  • Prov. 6:25-26 Do not lust in your heart after her [or his] beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute [male or female] reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress [OR adulterer] preys upon your very life.
  • Jonah 3:8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth [hidden, concealed in mourning or humiliation]. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance. A recent study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among you], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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/
    Commentary section.

    The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • reckless driving/speeding with varying intensities, frequently
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • reckless gunfire
  • assault, repeatedly, once for hire
  • bar brawl
  • police corruption, repeatedly
  • illegal entry, trespassing
  • theft
  • vandalism
  • reckless endangerment, repeatedly
  • aiding in breaking the law
  • flight to avoid lawful capture, repeatedly
  • abduction, two counts
  • racing violence
  • assault on police, repeatedly
  • vehicular assault without regard for life
  • hit to face
  • threat with shotgun

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 100 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies, repeatedly
  • bully tactics

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • making out
  • dashing off for sex while daddy is gone
  • making out in underwear
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly, frequent at times
  • crotch hit, twice
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • crude talk of barracks caliber, repeatedly
  • inappropriate touch
  • barbed wire in crotch
  • rear male nudity, twice
  • perversion, i.e. wanting sex with a car
  • rude gesture
  • excessive cleavage, frequent
  • homosexual allusion (male face at male crotch, dressed)
  • adult in towel only, twice
  • sex talk/comments, repeatedly
  • sexual invitation
  • anatomical talk/references, repeatedly
  • crude comments, repeatedly
  • sensual posing to entice, repeatedly
  • crude behavior
  • removal of shirt to entice
  • stripping to underwear to entice
  • below navel skin, threatening exposure of what follows
  • using body/skin to entice, repeatedly
  • adults in bed in underwear making out

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • illegal manufacturing of booze
  • illegal possession with intent to deliver - controlled substance
  • drinking
  • bar
  • chewing tobacco
  • illegal drug consumption, repeatedly
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • 11 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter word vocabulary and 11 without
  • pretense to invoke impression of personal honor by invoking Jesus' name

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • 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.

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