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To compare Wild Hogs to comedic greats and classic movies about
mid-life crisis would be absolutely foolish. Sitting back and enjoying
the wild ride is your best choice in getting the full enjoyment out of
this flick. Containing a diverse cast that works quite well, a handful
of funny cameos, tons of predictable yet enjoyable scenarios, and a
rather surprising amount of physical humor; Wild Hogs is a startlingly
delightful comedy that isn't afraid to reach low for a laugh. Coming
off as more than just a guilty pleasure, we have good acting running
the show, as our longtime cinema veterans mesh together and bring out
their best comedic skills to deliver a nice trip through the United
Wild Hogs follows four middle-aged men losing excitement (among other things) in their daily aspects of life. Doug (Tim Allen) isn't the fun guy he used to be, Bobby (Martin Lawrence) is not able to run his own home, Woody (John Travolta) has lost pretty much everything, and Dudley (William H. Macy) has nothing to begin with. The four of them decide to take their boring lives out for a spin, and try to relive the glory days of college-- ride off in their motorbikes across the country. The main conflict is whether or not they can unleash the Wild Hogs in them and be able to reach California in one piece. The other problem arises when the well-known tough biker gang Del Fuegos crosses paths with them.
The premise is something we've all seen before, yet it can still be done well with the right group of people. Mixing John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, Tim Allen, and William H. Macy is something that truly would not, and could not have been predicted by anybody. Nonetheless, this unique quartet does a fantastic job. Not one actor is overused or overacting, and we see each of the actors' talents brought to life. Tim Allen puts his physical humor to the test and succeeds. John Travolta brings his comedic chops and also is shockingly hilarious. Martin Lawrence has his good movies (Nothing to Lose) and his really bad movies (Black Night, Big Momma's House 2) but in here, he doesn't go too far, doesn't attempt too hard, and holds his own as the uncertain Bobby. Topping them all is William H. Macy, whose physical comedy tops all the others in this movie. Rounding out the cast is an assortment of cameos and short roles that despite being good were quite underused (Marisa Tomei, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ray Liotta, John C. McGinley, Peter Fonda).
The laughs in here are present pretty much throughout the film, and it ranges from funny little one-liners, to physical comedy, to lowbrow comedy, to even a bit of absurdity. A bit of it is predictable, yet some of it comes flying out of nowhere (literally and figuratively). We have a nice bit of cinematography to capture some of it, including a nice shot of "death" taking a liking to William H. Macy and a brilliant game of "Bullslapping." The director, Walt Becker, knows better and lets the camera roll and the actors take control of what is going on. He was fortunate enough to capture the fun and silliness with little effort.
We don't have Oscar material in the least bit, but we have material that will spark laughing riots from the audience time and time again. Like most decent comedies of this decade, its best not to be taken seriously, because analyzing and nitpicking would distract from the overall experience. Like what the characters in the film originally wanted; it was a trip with no rules, no barriers, and no remorse. Wild Hogs does just that; it was a raw, strong PG-13 ride with the violence, sex, profanity, and look-away moments that anyone on the open road would witness. Also supporting this movie is a nice soundtrack, cleverly adding some good Southern rock, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, and even White Zombie. Try to catch some subtle Disney humor involving the actors and character's names.
Bottom Line: So what if the script isn't groundbreaking? So what if the direction didn't enhance anything? So what if the story became a bit predictable? We have four veteran actors making fools of themselves for almost two hours on the open road, and with very little time in between potential laughs. It was just pure popcorn entertainment, and isn't that what you want on a Friday night? Wild Hogs will not inspire you to do something, but it will inspire some conversations and maybe even a second viewing. Besides, it is rare to see Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence provide a slew of funny moments. While this movie could have benefited from fewer clichés and more unpredictability, it stands tall as the first good comedy of 2007.
Critics have been panning Wild Hogs in their writings. I have read a lot of negative response from the same goof-balls that have promoted some very bad movies. Sometimes I wonder if they are on certain payrolls to give a certain vote towards a movie. With that said---Wild Hogs is absolutely wonderful. In today's day of poor comedies (see anything starring Will Farrell for example) that do not produce a laugh or a smirk---Wild Hogs is a breath of fresh air. I have lately been happy if a movie has at least one good laugh to feel like my admission fee was worth spending. And in today's movie world, most movies are one joke wonders. Wild Hogs is a throw back to the days of My Cousin Vinny, Airplane, and Young Frankenstein. This movie was filled with laughs and good gags. The movie starts off slow and is reminiscent of a couple of failed Tim Allen projects (Shaggy Dog and Zoom), but after about 15 minutes it shifts gear and becomes a wonderful comedy well worth spending the admission fee. If you want to have a good laugh and enjoy yourself---see Wild Hogs.
Four guys in their late forties - probably more early fifties ... ;-)
go through their midlife crisis. No matter if loving, nagging or no
wife, life is just not what it used to be or ever was. Adventures are
searched for, and John Travolta (not acting his best in this movie) has
the saving idea for his buddies: a real road trip on their bikes
instead of their usual short trip to a biker bar once a week.
Like in "City Slickers" the men have to go through some adventures and become heroes before they emerge with new energy to battle the next years of getting older ... however, the adventures these guys have on their trip are hilarious. The end slows down a bit with its predictability but this movie is very entertaining, funny and the ticket money well worth.
Being an avid middle aged Harley Rider, I loved the movie, as did the
rest of the sold out audience at the Sneak Preview. Not many flicks get
a full round of applause at the end... This one did, and it was well
The cast played very well off each other and all contributed equally.
Not much subtlety and no hidden meaning.... Just pure entertainment!
You know a movie is good when there is unanimous laughter throughout the movie. This one had tons of laughs & great sight gags.
I was worried that they were showing all the funny stuff in the previews, but that isn't the case. The movie will keep you laughing.... The only comedy to surpass this one recently was Borat!
Go see the movie.... You will enjoy it!
I just got back from the theater and I gotta say, Wild Hogs was
hilarious!It's a great mid-life-crisis type movie. Good, plain old
funny. Making straight-up funny jokes like peeing on the side of the
road and phrases like "...If we're gonna drink p***, we're gonna drink
A couple hilarious scenes with Ray Liotta as a VERY bad boy as he usually plays and John C. McGinley (Dr. Cox from Scrubs). And he looked VERY good in that highway patrolman uniform.
I would have liked to have heard Tim Allen let out one of those simian growls like on Home Improvement and seen Jon Travolta dance a little. Of all the roles in the movie, I think William H. Macy got the best one. He had the best jokes and physical comedy.
So ignore the and 'professional' critics and ask someone who actually saw it
Like so many others in the Theater I could not stop laughing. Even when tears were abundant running down my cheeks and my side hurt. Luckily everyone else was just as loud with laughter so I was not the only laughing fool in the place. With this group I didn't know quite what to expect as sometimes they are funny and sometimes not so much. The antics and the character actors in this film was PURE genius. It has the type of humor for everyone. Must see and Must DVD buy. Glad to see at least one good movie for 2007. Tim Allen and John Travolta who would have thought ? The big surprise in the film was William Macey. I din't realize the guy could be that funny. He played to comic goof and pulled it off with flying colors. Hats off to all.
I attended a pre-release screening of the movie in Philadelphia, and I
went in expecting a lot of zany sequences, funny violence and a
truckload of laughs, and I wasn't disappointed.
Messrs. Travolta, Allen, Lawrence and Macy fit their parts well, and while the story doesn't demand a lot from the actors, they are good as middle-aged professionals tired of their boring lives. The film's theme is a road-trip across America on Harley-Davidson's, with leather jackets ("Wild Hogs" is what they call themselves) and all the other paraphernalia. The whole movie is littered with stereotypes and clichéd characters and plots, and this lends an air of predictability to it. Some people might say that it's closer to an animation, given the generous helpings of crashes and falls, but then I didn't find it to be a put-off because it doesn't pretend to be an action film. You fall, you look funny, you get back up, and story moves on.
At the outset, I thought that there might be a resemblance to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, with it's concept of two tired guys out to discover the American Dream, but it isn't so. The humour is rib-tickling at times, and mostly slapstick. Among individual performances, nobody really steals the screen, but the overall chemistry between the Wild Hogs is good. Ray Liotta plays the bad guy with an overdose of menace, and Marisa Tomei did a good job of looking pretty. Some of the cinematography is breathtaking, but for a road trip across America, there was very little of variety in location.
I won't advise spending $15 on it in a theater, but it'll be a fun watch with friends, when the DVD comes out, much like how I would judge Eurotrip.
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(Spoilers) Wild Hogs was your typical, quasi-funny movie that flames
out at the end. This movie started off decently, hovering at least in
the 5 - 6 area of scoring. The first half was decent, but was nothing
to be proud of. The only funny parts are really in the beginning, such
as when Macy's computer accidentally goes onto porn. After that, the
movie started to go downhill a little, and still delivered. I can admit
that, for a movie that has a guy crapping into a plastic bag, I did
laugh at parts in the beginning. Then, the "Wild Hogs" met the other
bikers, and it was all over. The freaking explosion in back of them
looked like a nuclear bomb. I was hoping that the Del Fuego idiots were
being roasted just to get rid of their bad, over the top acting.
Instead, they of course have to come back and torture us some more.
After this, the movie became dry and boring: you will look at the clock
every 2 seconds. John Travolta becomes unbelievably annoying, and stock
characters jump out of the woods like a Vietnamese ambush. In review,
Wild Hogs was more like a G movie. The Wild West town that they went to
was more like a cartoon, where Yosemite Sam would jump out and fire his
revolvers into the air.
Ending - The ending was absolute garbage. It wasn't even remotely interesting, and the fact that both of the mens' families found them without even knowing where they were is the same black hole that ate Tim Allen and John Travolta's careers. Of course, this is one of those stupid movies where the characters "find" themselves at the end. Lawrence finds his grapes, Tim Allen feels good about himself, Travolta's life still sucks, and Macy gets the girl (who he promptly leaves to never return). Wild Hogs is a horrible movie that should be stuffed into your local incinerator and set to a fast burn.
3 / 10 - Somewhat funny, but boring in the second half. I wouldn't recommend it.
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I was disappointed with the film - It had a lot of potential but frankly missed the mark. By a long shot. It was not only slow to start, to establish the characters and the point, but the gaps between actual gags that raised more than a faint smile were huge. The majority of the film rotated around gay jokes which could be spotted by a blind man a mile away. But the saving grace was that the usual puns concerning the only black member of the group were avoided. Another disappointing factor was the 'oh so didn't see that coming' policeman - who was just Dr Cox, from Scrubs, in a policeman's uniform, almost as though Scrubs were filming next door and the actor didn't have time to get out of the Dr Cox character. Anyway, I believe that I have said enough - enjoy the film.
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I was recently talked into going to see this movie by my girlfriend, and I must say that it was a disappointment to say the least. This movie reminded me of a live action cartoon, with all of the old pratfalls, bathroom humor, and homosexual innuendos and humor that we have all seen a million times before. The characters portray every stereotype of men in middle age (wives that boss them around, kids who think they are "lame", not being allowed to eat anything but lettuce, etc, etc, etc). The script seemed like it was written by a 12 year old, and the jokes were very stale and unfunny. The fact that this movie has been #1 in the country for several weeks running only illustrates the lack of anything decent in theaters. The movie did feature a great cast (including a few nice cameos), but even that couldn't save this film. If you're looking for mindless humor and a predicable script, go and see this mess. Otherwise, save your money.
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