Wild Hogs --- Tim Allen and John Travolta bring-out some middle-aged fun
Apr 5, 2008
Review by three_ster
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:good cast, some really funny moments
Cons:story had some really weak points, needed to be funnier
The Bottom Line: It brings the laughs, but it doesn't have a lot else, so this one is just recommended for the comedic timing and physical comedy that the actors bring.
Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.
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Wild Hogs is the story of four middle-aged men who decide to escape the normality of their lives, and take a bike trip across the U.S. The reason for doing the trip, is to prove to themselves that they can do it, and to cement the thoughts they have of themselves as being more than just "average joe's." The trip starts in part because one of the four has been having his life crumble around him; going from a superstar actor to someone struggling to find work, and the money has started to dry up. Woody Stevens (Played by John Travolta) comes up with the idea to escape his own life, but is successful in convincing his 3 friends of many years to also go on the trip with him. It's not an easy task though, as two of them are quite hesitant to commit, but of course the movie would have ended right there had he not been successful.
Playing the parts of Woody's three friends are Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy. At the outset, it seems like an unlikely group of guys, but the way that the characters are written gives them the luxury to play out these roles. Allen is the man of the group who sees this as his last chance to take the trip, Lawrence's character just wants to get out of the house, and Macy's character seems to just want to be with his friends. All of them take their expensive Harley Davidson's "Hogs" with them, trying to prove that they are tough-as-nails bikers, and seeking to live off the land as they take the trip. The main problem though, is that they aren't real bikers, and when they come face-to-face with a real gang of bikers, the real drama of the movie starts to unfold. The fun of going cross-country could be ruined if they aren't too careful.
A lot of the humor of Wild Hogs lies in how the characters are set up at the beginning of the story. They are all good-natured guys, and presented as pretty decent characters with the build-up of the story. It is because of this, that a lot of the jokes and physical comedy that is presented later on is able to stay afloat. Travolta and Allen are the real stars of the vehicle, as they are given the most lines, and the focal point of some sub-plots circles around the two characters. Besides Lawrence and Macy, the movie also stars Ray Liotta as a biker trying to lead a gang called the "Del Fuegos", who will come across the "Wild Hogs" just a short way into the film. It also has Marisa Tomei in a smaller part, but her role is a very likable one, so it does stand out when all is said and done.
For fans of either Tim Allen or John Travolta, you will probably come away really enjoying this film. With Martin Lawrence, there is an extreme departure from the parts we usually see with him, but that is to his benefit, because he has some really funny scenes. It is in this humor of the characters that the movie finds legs, because the plot doesn't do enough by itself to sustain a story. There were a lot of moments where the plot is so razor thin (or silly) that the jokes are the only thing keeping you interested in the story. I wouldn't go as far as saying that the film failed to deliver a strong story, but it didn't deliver much to me past those few sequences that made me laugh out loud. If you are looking for a film with some good laughs, but don't want something that takes itself too seriously, this may be exactly what you are looking for. It's not going to stand the test of time, but for a quick viewing with some really funny jokes, this is something that fits the bill.
Viewing Format: DVD
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