Wild Hogs is a fun loving comedy about four middle aged friends who feel that they are no longer with the times. It stars Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy. They plan a road trip from their home town of Cincinnati to the Pacific coast. Throw in some trouble from a biker gang led by Ray Liotta, and the help from diner owner Marisa Tomei, and you have a full fledged comedy.
The four middle aged friends have typical everyday lives. Doug (Allen) is a dentist who has no excitement in his life anymore, and longs to be the same Doug he was in college. Woody is a business man gone bankrupt who is currently in the middle of a divorce with his supermodel wife, and he has yet to tell his friends about his troubles. Bobby (Lawrence) is a plumber who is constantly bossed around by his wife, and couldn’t fulfill his dreams of becoming an author. Finally, Dudley (Macy) is a computer geek who can’t seem to find the love of a woman. These problems encourage them to take a road trip to the pacific coast, to forget about their problems for a while. On this trip, they burn down their tent, are mistaken as four homosexuals, and accidentally burn down a bar belonged to a tough biker group, who are now trying to hunt them down.
The acting in this film was spectacular. Allen, Travolta, Lawrence, and Macy all show what it is like to be a middle aged man watching life pass by. Travolta was great when he was scared of the Ray Liotta led Del Fuegos. He was actually the one who burnt down their bar, and Travolta made it known that he was scared to death of what might happen to them. Liotta also perfected his role. I didn’t think he was going to be able to be half the tough guy he was. His facial expressions really made the role. You could sense a toughness through his eyes, and you could tell he loved being mean.
The directing in the film was good for the most part. I found it just sort of stopped towards the end, but that only my opinion. I believe an ending makes a movie, and this ending was the only part of the movie that I didn’t enjoy.
I would highly recommend this movie, and it is great for anyone who enjoys a good comedy. If you are looking for a movie to watch with your friends, or if you and the family want a classic (depending if you don’t mind the occasional curse word). The only part I didn’t find great was the ending, which I stated before. There was no surprises here, with this all star cast you would expect a great movie, and that’s exactly what we got.