"Wild Hogs" Gives an Unexpected Wild Ride

Genres: Action/Adventure and Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.
Release Date: March 2nd, 2007 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and some violence.
Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Director: Walt Becker

JJ Rating: A

Four good friends are having a midlife crisis. So what do they decide to do? They decide to go on a week long road trip via motorcycles. Go out on the open road and see what comes next. Of course lots of things come next otherwise there would not be a movie called Wild Hogs.

John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy are perfect in this movie together. They play off one another and none of them could be replaced with any other actor and still have a great movie. They were just funny. Travolta had the facial expressions down with the brooding look. Allen had the hand gestures with the direct line delivery that was funny. Lawrence had the fake sure of himself attitude. Macy had the unsure of himself attitude in spades. They were like pieces of a puzzle and when they all came together in this movie they fit together like they were created that way, as if they were long lost actor brothers. Oh and let me not forget Ray Liotta. He added a nice bit of mean guy to the mix and does a bad guy job.

This movie is made for the guys who are in that age range. I’m not one of those guys but I did enjoy the movie and I really think guys who are around that age will really like the movie too because they’ll actually be able to relate more so than I did. With movies going for the really crude like humor such as in Reno 911, Jackass and the like it’s good to have a comedy that doesn’t crutch on such vile humor to get laughs.

The trailer for Wild Hogs is funny. If you laughed at the trailer than you will most likely really like the movie because I laughed at the trailer and then laughed all through the movie. The movie has more funny parts than the trailer lead one to believe. They showed some of the funny moments but they did not show all their cards like some trailers do….such as Smoking Aces.

There is the camp scene that they show in the trailer where the cop comes and finds them sleeping together. Well it’s funny in the trailer but what happens before that is even funnier. You have to know how they ended up sleeping all together because that certainly was not the plan. Then there’s a scene where they decide to swim and then decided to do so with no clothes on. It’s one of my favorites because the worst things occur when they all take their clothes off.

Maybe the end is a bit predictable but the very end with the credits is not. That’s worth seeing in itself. I laughed when I saw the person they had for the credit scene. I mean unexpected sight and that is what made it wonderful. Liotta in that scene is priceless comedy. I don’t even think he says a word he just emotes and that is oh so funny.

I’m going to be buying this movie. It is going to be going on my shelf. It might not be my favorite comedy but it will be one of those pick me up movies I can watch when I’m in a not so good mood. It made a lot of money this weekend. I mean it just ROCKETED away with millions that no one could have guessed. I would have loved to be on that receiving end of the call stating OMG guess how much money your movie made this weekend?

That just goes along with how Wild Hogs is. It’s surprises one with its greatness. I thought I would laugh when I saw the movie I had no idea how great it was until it started and I just laughed throughout the movie. It was a wild unexpected ride.

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