Quick Daily Review #31: Wild Hogs [Movie]
Starring: Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei
Director: Walt Becker
Writer(s): Brad Copeland
Studio: Touchstone Pictures
What happens when you put Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William Macy together? You get a funny movie, that’s what.
The four stars play middle-aged friends with not a whole lot of excitement going on in their lives. Doug Madsen (Allen) is a dentist looking to impress his wife and son, who he feels thinks that he is lame. Woody Stevens (Travolta) seems to be a successful and wealthy man, but his life falls apart when his supermodel wife divorces him and he goes broke. Bobby Davis (Lawrence) is a janitor who gets no respect from his children or his successful and bossy wife. And there’s Dudley Frank (Macy), who is a computer software programmer and all around nerd who has no wife or girlfriend, or kids.
In their lame, broken, dominated and lonely mid-life crisis, the four friends, known as the ‘Wild Hogs’, decide to take a bike trip in search of adventure and freedom, and to reclaim their youth. As always though, there’s a group of bad guy bullies (the Del Fuegos) who want to spoil their fun, especially after Travolta causes their biker bar to blow up in a huge explosion. Eventually, the group gets tired of running and hiding from the Del Fuegos and decide to take a stand for not only themselves, but for an entire town that is terrorized by the Del Fuegos. All this leads to a rather cheesy ending.
Cheesy ending aside, the film is solid from start to finish and is loaded with a lot of humorous moments and lines; most having to do with toilet humor, gay moments, and bike related incidents and crashes. If you’re looking for a good comedy filled with laughs and little bit of action, then you should definitely add Wild Hogs to your DVD collection.