March 2, 2007 Wild Hogs
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and some violence.
Four middle-aged friends decide to shake up their humdrum existence with a spur of the moment road trip.
Tim Allen, John Travolta, William H. Macy and Martin Lawrence star as buddies who rev up their lives by hopping on their motorcycles and heading west.
But years of easy living in the suburbs of Cincinnati doesn't really prepare them for the road. They find that owning a bike and really knowing how to ride a bike are two very different things.
But once they get the kinks worked out their adventure begins. Before too long they run into a real biker gang. Led by the villainous Ray Liotta, the "Del Fuegos" aren't too pleased to be sharing the road with guys they consider "posers." After an unfortunate incident at a biker bar the two groups head for a showdown with more than just pride on the line.
In some ways "Wild Hogs" is a typical buddy/road movie. What makes it better than most is the quality of the cast. The four lead actors have great chemistry and generate real warmth. Their journey to the Pacific Ocean with "no rules and no cellphones" could have been just another series of wacky situations and tired clich's.
But that doesn't happen because of the stars. What starts as a way to taste a little freedom allows the men to get to know each other better. They appreciate their friendship and realize just how much they mean to each other.
Also, it's a comedy that made me laugh. I really don't require much more than that when I watch a movie.
On my rating scale, "Wild Hogs" earns a Triple.
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