I’ll be honest with you; I wasn’t looking forward to reviewing Wild Hogs. A road trip movie about four middle-aged men, played by two has-beens (Allen & Travolta), an un-funny comedian (Lawrence) and the occasionally interesting Macy. It was going to stink.
A friend tried to tell me that I was wrong, and that Wild Hogs was the funniest movie she’d seen for some time.
I was about to be proven wrong. Wild Hogs is slap-stick comedy at it’s finest. When the gags are of a physical slapstick nature, the movie works beautifully. When the writers try and give Allen a one liner it often falls flat. Fortunately there is enough slap-stick to carry this movie through its 99 minute runtime, and an ending that will have you laughing for the rest of the night.
Basically the movie goes like this, three middle-aged men, friends since school all love going for short weekend rides on their bikes, around town. Then they decide to have one last hurrah before they get too old, and decide to do a road trip to the coast. Three of them are confident bikers; buy Macy’s character Dudley is a tad uncoordinated and pretty much carries the movies winning slap-stick elements.
Nothing goes to plan on the road trip and they soon run afoul of the law, then a group of real bikers. But along the way they learn that it’s not the destination, but whom you ride with.
Whilst the acting may leave a lot to be desired, the laughter will be with you for days to come.
Food for thought
Lying will only get you deeper into trouble – be upfront and honest and let your friends help you out if you get in a jam.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Contains Medium Level Violence.
Duration: 99 mins.
Actors: Ray Liotta, William H. Macy, John Travolta, Marisa Tomei, Martin Lawrence, Tim Allen, Jill Hennessy.
Director: Walter Becker.
Release Date: Available Now.