ONE half fiction and an enormous half autobiographical, former Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider’s Christmas Cars was a should-look ahead to a Dukes tragic like myself. Not that the 1980s TV present’s identify is ever formally talked about, thoughts you, but it surely doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make the connection.
John performs Uncle Denver, an 80s sitcom star who has fallen on exhausting instances in his hometown of Caution – yep, as in ‘Hazard’ – and is financially at breaking level. Damaging floodwaters and little in the best way of earnings has put him behind on his mortgage funds, and the native financial institution supervisor, the Boss Hogg-like Jefferson (Martorell), is scheming to foreclose and line his personal pockets.
With seemingly nothing left to lose, the half-time auto-store instructor throws warning to the wind and asks quirky blonde fellow instructor Evelyn (Robinson) out on a film date. The pair are cornered on the movies by two of their college students, Danny (Linklater) and Mica (Evans), who’re bemused that Denver is ‘trending’ on social media. It appears the 40th anniversary of Uncle Denver’s present has spawned loads of nostalgia, so the foursome hatch a plan to show this recent web curiosity into some property-saving money.
Denver negotiates a run of 5000 die-forged orange Chargers (a transparent nod to Hazzard’s iconic General Lee) to be made by native toy firm boss, Spike (Rock), and the combination of the new- and the outdated-faculty be part of forces to signal and ship these vehicles earlier than Christmas, just a few quick days away. With assist from fellow college students Waylon (Pierce) and Dobro (Bernard), the Chargers promote like hotcakes, and it will appear that Denver’s monetary troubles could also be sorted.
That is till Jefferson will get wind of Denver’s success and throws a spanner within the works by rallying towards the usage of the Confederate flag on the roof of the toy vehicles, enjoying up its racist connotations and fashionable-day notion as a logo of hatred. Thankfully, similar to on The Dukes of Hazzard again within the day, the nice guys hatch a plan and Denver’s property is saved.
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AS A large Dukes fan, I badly needed to like Christmas Cars, however the manufacturing values, sound high quality and many of the performing are simply plain horrible. The car stunts are mediocre to say the least, saturated with apparent ‘green screen’ particular results, whereas the replays of the identical motion sequences time and again together with the obviously totally different inside trims and different particulars from shot to shot reminds one in every of Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures, solely with out the comedic intent. A rating of two out of 5 could be very beneficiant – a degree every for the true Dodge Charger and the occasional little bit of genuinely humorous dialogue.
- 1969 Dodge Charger
- 1973 Ford F100
- 2006 Dodge Charger
- 1949 Dodge Coronet
- 1999 Ford Crown Victoria
- 1971 Chrysler 300
- 2006 Dodge Ram
- John Schneider
- Mindy Robinson
- Johnny Rock
- Elijah Evans
- Lorelei Linklater
- Jackson Pierce
- Chase Bernard
- Jency Griffin
- Byron Cherry
- Jeffrey Martorell
- Johnny Lee
Lame at finest – a couple of lacklustre leap sequences and filth-highway pursuits are nearly as good because it will get.
A washed-up 1980s TV star cashes in on his fading stardom in a final-ditch effort to stave off foreclosures on his property.
Cool flick reality:
The Dodge Chargers used for the stunts on this movie and at most of the Dukes reunion occasions are literally Ford Crown Victoria sedans rebodied with repro Charger physique panels by stuntman James Smith.