Review - Wild Hogs


Martin Lawrence, John Travolta, Tim Allen and William H Macy

Martin Lawrence, John Travolta, Tim Allen and William H Macy, courtesy of Photoshop

 

 

Four suburban guys, all losers in different ways, go on a cross country trip on their Hogs – that’s Harley Davidsons to the uninitiated. The guys are John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. En route to wherever they get mistaken for gays, find themselves on the wrong side of a group of real, hairy assed bikers (led by Ray Liotta) and one of them even finds love with a waitress (Marisa Tomei in a cheerleader-ish succession of “I’m hot” poses). Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence as buddies? Yes, it’s a stretch, but no more than imagining William H Macy and John Travolta cracking open a couple of beers after a hard day. But the big question about Wild Hogs is not “is this movie funny?” – scripted by Arrested Development writer Brad Copeland, it certainly has its guffaw-inducing moments – but “who is it for?” Judging by the twee Preston Sturges/Frank Capra depiction of smalltown America, the soundtrack heavy with the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Me Generation self-help manual themes and Tim Allen’s character’s assertion that, at 54, he’s only “technically” middle aged, the answer would appear to be – people who are dead or no longer go to the movies.

© Steve Morrissey 2007

 

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Wild Hogs (2007)
Run time: 100 min
Rating: 5.8
Genres: Action | Adventure | Comedy
Director: Walt Becker
Stars: Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence
Trivia: A group of suburban biker wannabes looking for adventure hit the open road, but get more than they bargained for when they encounter a New Mexico gang called the Del Fuegos.
Storyline Four middle-aged men decide to take a road trip from Cincinnati to the Pacific in order to get away from their lives which are leading them nowhere. Taking their motorcycles, these “Wild Hogs” tear up the road and eventually stop in New Mexico for a drink not knowing that the bar belongs to the “Del Fuegos”, a mean biker gang. When the Del Fuegos steal a bike that belongs to the Wild Hogs, the four men form a plan to steal their bike back. Written by Glenn D. Harvey
Plot Keywords: motorcycle, friend, biker gang, road trip, new mexico
Box Office Opening Weekend: £1,691,797 (UK) (13 April 2007)
Gross: $168,213,584 (USA) (27 July 2007)