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Overall Rating
2.61

Awesome: 12.12%
Worth A Look: 30.3%
Average: 9.09%
Pretty Bad: 3.03%
Total Crap45.45%

6 reviews, 30 user ratings


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Wild Hogs
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by Doug Bentin

"Playing well with others"
4 stars

Director Walt Becker and writer Brad Copeland spend a lot of time, maybe the first third of the film, suggesting either that bikers are gay, middle aged men who spend quality time together are gay, or that one or both of these groups are perceived as being gay. And that there’s nothing wrong with being gay, but it sure is funny.

John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy star as the four middle aged guys. They get together on weekends and ride around Cincinnati on their bikes, looking for adventure without getting out on the highway. When Woody’s (Travolta) swimsuit model wife leaves him, he starts to fall apart. He suggests to his buddies that they take a road trip to the Pacific Ocean. Dudley (Macy) is an unmarried computer programmer and he agrees readily. Doug (Allen) is a dentist who could use some time away from open mouths and abscessed molars, and he agrees. Bobby, who has taken a year off his plumbing job to write a self-help book, tells his wife he is attending a toilet bowl convention and sneaks off with the fellas.

As their trip begins, we are subjected to a series of homoerotic jokes—Dudley rides double for a while behind Woody and rests his head on Woody’s back; the guys burn their tent and have to sleep spoon style to keep warm, only to be awakened by a questioning highway patrolman; they go skinny dipping and a tourist family with kids shows up and wants to swim with them.

I suspect Becker and Copeland were just going for the running gag concept rather than attempting to comment on the life style choices of bikers, but they shove a pair of naked male asses in our faces, as it were, and it’s a joke that wears thin quickly. I guess I should be grateful that the actor who played Borat’s producer isn’t in this picture.

The next stage of the plot finds our heroes stopping at a biker bar and getting on the wrong side of the Del Fuegos, a real biker gang. Ray Liotta is Jack, the gang’s leader, and he delivers his usual enthusiastic performance. Jack cons Dudley out of his bike and when Woody sneaks back to the bar to reclaim it, all hell breaks loose.

The guys get away, stop in a small New Mexico town and make friends with the natives—and then the Del Fuegos catch up with them.

The film is pure situation comedy. Some situations are amusing, but the picture is saved by its cast. Travolta, Macy, Liotta and Marisa Tomei as the café owner who thinks Dudley is kind of cute are completely entertaining. Allen is pretty much his usual self, and Lawrence is doing his nice guy routine.

The four leads play well together and share the screen well, something Lawrence is not generally known for. I’ve never cared much for him as a solo lead, but as part of an ensemble he’s a fine addition.

I found myself laughing at “Wild Hogs” more than I thought I would, and I suspect that will be true of you, too. Besides, I have this theory that any film that uses “Highway to Hell” on the soundtrack can’t be all bad.

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User Comments

4/08/10 Jeff Wilder Not as funny as it thinks it is. But better than the dismal RV. 3 stars
1/31/10 Reality of Films Hilarious! 5 stars
7/19/09 Monday Morning Disappointed that no Eskimos or Aborigines were represented. Woulda been funnier. 3 stars
8/21/08 Shaun Wallner This ones ok. 3 stars
6/03/08 mike watched this on starz last night. thought it was pretty funny. why so harsh on this one? 4 stars
4/19/08 mr.mike Has its moments but considering the cast should have been funnier 3 stars
3/10/08 aaron great 5 stars
2/04/08 Matt Not very clever. Not very funny. Not very imaginative. No wit involved. Boring. 2 stars
10/15/07 billy dardy mate this is by far the best movie ive ever seen u need to wake up to your self 5 stars
10/15/07 fools♫gold I spent a fifth of the flick laughing, but it wasn't enough. 2 stars
8/31/07 Unables Light, slapstick humor, a few good laughs. 4 stars
8/24/07 edmond leung I love this movie. Very origianl, very funny. 4 stars
7/03/07 William Goss Petty, pandering, predictable, juvenile, soul-crushing, and laugh-free to boot. 1 stars
6/21/07 Nick Funny the whole time! finally a movie NOT for the wayans-generation 5 stars
5/16/07 Dave lame 1 stars
5/09/07 David Pollastrini More like "Old Hogs" 3 stars
5/01/07 Alice Loved it! Best comedy in years! Thumbs up! 5 stars
4/27/07 Tjode Cole This movie was the best ever. Loved it it was so funny!!! 4 stars
4/25/07 Frida Awesome movie. My family and I loved watching wild hogs can't wait till its out on DVD 5 stars
4/20/07 randy Ok lets ride down the road and act cowardly and stupid while we suffer a mid life crisis, a 1 stars
3/26/07 Annielady Just saw Wild Hogs - my husband and I loved it!!! Very funny and enjoyable!!! 5 stars
3/19/07 Dave I actually go see movies the critics don't like. they are always the best. 4 stars
3/14/07 Sarah I really liked it. It is mindless, but funny! 4 stars
3/13/07 Luisa I thought it was funny... 3 stars
3/11/07 Jason $25 for a vice? Come on I bought mine for $15 two years ago. ` 1 stars
3/08/07 Mark Gambardella I laughed from the opening seen to the end. It was a fun, silly movie for all baby boomers 5 stars
3/06/07 Ann Mossey I enjoyed its lighted hearted "romp" throughout..witih one exception...enough with the poop 4 stars
3/05/07 Ken Komnick This film was funny. I was pleasantly surprised. 4 stars
3/05/07 Joe Kovac I'd strap myself to the exhaust of the next space shuttle launch rather than see this again 1 stars
3/04/07 Todd Just burn $25, then crush your nuts in a vice. It'll be less painfull than this "Comedy" 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Mar-2007 (PG-13)
  DVD: 14-Aug-2007

UK
  13-Apr-2007 (12A)
  DVD: 27-Aug-2007

Australia
  08-Mar-2007 (M)




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