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The Dukes of Hazzard [2005] [PG-13] - 6.4.5



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Based on the eponymous TV series about cousins Luke Duke (Johnny Knoxville) and Bo Duke (Seann William Scott), who are always under the watchful eye of Hazzard County's Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (M.C. Gainey) and corrupt businessman Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds). Here Boss Hogg has planted evidence of moonshine production on the Duke farm that will allow him to seize their land and pursue his moneymaking scheme to strip-mine Hazzard. Also with Jessica Simpson, Linda Carter and Willie Nelson. Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman wears tiny outfits throughout the movie (very short shorts, and short, low-cut tops that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen, bare back, bare thighs and part of her buttock). In an outtake reel a man pulls down his pants exposing his bare buttocks. Two women are wrapped in towels after coming out of the shower and they talk to two men. A man wears jockey shorts and an open robe in many scenes; in one scene we see part of his bare buttocks and buttock cleavage.
 A man and a young woman kiss, they go inside a house, and we see them through a bedroom window as she removes her top (we see her in bra and low-cut jeans); they continue to kiss, they fall onto the floor (out of view), we hear a gunshot, and the man jumps through the open window (we see him in boxer shorts and a shirt), (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 In an outtake reel, a man and a woman in bra and panties kiss while in a bed, another woman in bra and panties joins them and kisses the man, and then another man sits up from under the covers. Two men kiss and fondle two women in a car.
 A woman drops her coat revealing a tiny bikini as she struts into a man's office: she sits on his desk, leans over toward him, gets very close to his face, he leans forward to kiss her, and she gets up and walks out. Two men admire a woman in a tiny outfit (she pretends to be having car trouble), she tells them that she thinks, "something bounced up into her undercarriage" and asks them to help her; she then takes off her top and is wearing a bikini top.
 A woman struts toward several police officers; they ogle and begin to follow her. We see the silhouette of a woman's body through a shower curtain and she appears to be nude; when the curtain is pulled back we see she is wearing clothing and that she is not actually showering.
 A man and a woman look at each other suggestively. A man throws a kiss to another man. A woman kisses two men on the cheeks.
 Men go from door to door in a women's dorm finding women in tiny tank tops and panties behind every door, and they are invited in one room and they go in. Men admire women in many scenes and women admire men in a few scenes.
 In an outtake reel a man hangs upside down by the leg from a barbed wire fence and another man stands in front of him attempting to unfasten his pants but he is pulled away. A man asks another man if his cousin is single and then asks for a pair of her shorts.
 A man wearing a jacket and jockey shorts asks if two women can be left with him. A man makes a crude sexual remark to a woman and smacks her on the thigh (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man asks another man in very crude terms if he has sex with his cousin and a man makes crude sexual remarks to another man about his female cousin. A man makes a crude remark about looking at part of a woman's anatomy in an outtake reel. A man talks about wanting to have sex with his car, and we later see him stroking the dashboard and suggesting giving it a bath. Someone makes a joke about a farmer having sex with his sheep. A woman talks about having to wiggle her buttocks at people to get her cousins out of trouble.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A bar fight breaks out and we see many men punching and being punched: one man head-butts several others while wearing a helmet, one man is thrown into a wall with many glass bottles on the shelves, a few people are hit with pool cues, a few people are hit with pool balls being shot from a fan (a couple are hit in the face and one in the crotch), and a sheriff comes into the bar and fires his gun in the air, stopping the fighting. A man punches a man in the face knocking him out, and another man punches a man in the face and knocks him out. A man hits a man hard in the face with a phone book, and another man hits a man hard in the chin with a phone book then throws it into his lap hitting him in the crotch.
 A man rolls off a roof and onto the ground below, a man with a gun jumps out of the window, fires the gun again and is thrown off the roof onto the ground. Two men are held at gunpoint by many police officers and they are placed in handcuffs.
 A man in a car is chased by police, the police push another car off a bridge and into water, and a man in another car throws flaming bottles of alcohol at police cars causing them to burn and swerve off the road. Two men in a car are chased by police in cars, the police fire guns at the men, one man shoots a flaming arrow at the police, and the car explodes and flips into the air.
 Two men in a car speed away from a house, being chased by two men in a truck: one man in the truck shoots at the men in the car, the driver of the truck is knocked unconscious and drives off the road and into shallow water, the car drives over a bridge that is out, nearly runs head-on into a truck and is then stuck between the tires of two construction vehicles.
 Two men in separate cars race along narrow, unpaved roads, they knock into each other several times, one climbs an embankment, one drives up a ramp and jumps over a barricade of police cars, and another car crashes through the barricade. A car spins around in a gravel driveway throwing rocks that hit police cars breaking their windshields and windows and causing the officers to run for cover. A man drives fast and recklessly while being chased by many police cars, and a few police cars crash together. A man drives a car fast and recklessly along unpaved roads in several scenes. A man drives a car on two wheels through a barn.
 A man pinches a man's nose with salad tongs and pulls his head down toward a pot of boiling water threatening to boil him. A man sets the back of a man's pants on fire with a torch, and a man's lab coat is pulled off when it is sucked into a vacuum. A woman kicks a man out of his chair and holds her foot across his throat while he lies on the floor.
 A chain is wrapped around a safe and pulled behind a truck causing a lot of property damage (knocking down mailboxes, tearing up yards, etc.): one of the men ends up on top of the safe as it is being dragged, he is flung through the air, the safe crashes into a car and the man is thrown to the ground (we see him with bruises on his face).
 Two men climb a fence with barbed wire at the top, they get snagged and we hear them yell and hear their clothing tear and then both fall to the ground (in an outtake reel one man dangles from the barbed wire when his pant leg gets snagged). A man jumps out of a speeding car and rolls down an embankment.
 A man holds up the carcass of an animal with a large hole through its torso. A man shoots a net over an armadillo and talks about making a helmet out of its shell (we see him later wearing it).
 A man sets explosives on a safe, the fuse putters out, and another man shoots a flaming arrow at it causing a large explosion that knocks three men back and to the ground. A man shoots a flaming arrow into a hay bale and it bursts into flames.
 A young woman with a shotgun stands behind a car and threatens a man, who's inside the car with another woman. Several people yell at two men who are driving a car with a rebel flag painted on the roof.
 We see a car after it has been vandalized (it has a broken windshield with an axe in it, a badly dented body, and a dead animal is pulled from inside).
 A man chews tobacco and spits in a cup and on the ground many times. A woman says she is going to throw up.

PROFANITY 5 - 5 F-words and its derivatives (the sound is edited out of 3 of the utterances), 3 obscene hand gestures, 13 sexual references, 23 scatological terms, 29 anatomical terms, 61 mild obscenities, name-calling (redneck, anus), 7 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Men open a door in a dorm, and a plume of smoke comes out implying that the women inside are smoking marijuana; also, three men come out of a shack surrounded by a plume of smoke and it is implied that they have been smoking marijuana. A man has a moonshine still in his home, where he produces and sells the alcohol, people are shown drinking beer in a bar in a few scenes, and a man drinks moonshine. A bar is smoke filled but we do not see anyone smoking, a man smokes a cigar in a couple of scenes, and a man chews tobacco in several scenes. A man makes a joke about the use of Viagra.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, corrupt business people, small towns, the Civil War, racism, the Confederate flag, the Ku Klux Klan, moonshine, jealousy, betrayal, incest, bestiality, extra-terrestrials, stereotypes of rural southern life and attitudes, stereotypical homosexual behavior and mannerisms, mental illness, homosexuality.

MESSAGE - Police officers, or at least corrupt and/or naïve country sheriffs, are not always the good guys. Scantily clad women who strut can confuse and manipulate men.

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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