WILD HOGS: DVD
A group of middle-aged friends (Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy) decide to rev up their routine suburban lives with a freewheeling motorcycle trip, taking a breather from work and family responsibilities. They call themselves Wild Hogs and wear a patch made as a joke by one of the wives. When this mismatched foursome, more used to sitting in the couch than the saddle, set out for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, they get to go camping (bad experience) and play 'slap the bull' in a small country town (another bad experience). They also meet Jack (Ray Liotta) and his 50-strong Del Fuegos, a real-life biker gang, based at a roadside bar, who humiliate them - and then track them down to seek revenge for the act of sabotage that the Wild Hogs dare to perpetrate.
Review by Louise Keller:
With its central theme of male bonding, Wild Hogs is a moderately amusing and entertaining road trip whose likeable cast is its main draw. To be 'wild and free' is the objective of four middle aged mainstream guys, who for one reason or other are stuck in the rut of their ordinary lives. The film consists of a series of formulaic skits depicting their unlikely adventures along the way, and while the main subplot lingers too heavily on an encounter with a tough, tattooed bikie gang, there are a few chuckles and laughs, and its good heart is never in doubt.
They're an unlikely bikie gang, whose black leather jackets and motor bikes are a contradiction to the lives they lead. Tim Allen's Doug is a mild mannered dentist whose life is structured, safe and boring. Crispy fried bacon and butter are replaced by grapefruit and lettuce leaves - all in the name of reducing his cholesterol. Martin Lawrence's Bobby is a henpecked would be writer-cum plumber, whose 'how to' book venture fizzles without any pop. John Travolta's cool businessman Woody with the swim-wear model wife has just lost it all and is wondering about the meaning of life. Finally, William H. Macy's computer geek Dudley is clumsy, verbose and never able to get the girl.
After flinging away the security of their mobile phones, Doug, Bobby, Woody and Dudley set out on the road, ready for adventure. A flaming marshmallow over a camp fire turns into a flaming mess with a splash of kerosene, followed by an encounter with a gay cop while camping on the side of the road. A road stop in a bikie bar leads to a war with a bikie gang led by Ray Liotta, and the Madrid Chile Festival becomes a hide-out for our four friends, where they find spicy cuisine, romance and courage. The pay off comes in the form of Peter Fonda, in an uncredited cameo as a honcho bikie. It's all contrived and pretty lame, but it is harmless escapism and anyone who ever aspired to be 'wild and free' may relate to the basic premise.
DVD special features include an audio commentary, deleted scenes and behind the scenes documentary.
Published August 30, 2007
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WILD HOGS: DVD (M)
CAST: Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, Ray Liotta, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Durand, M.C. Gainey, Jill Hennessey, Dominic Janes
PRODUCER: Todd Lieberman, Brian Robbins, Michael Tollin
DIRECTOR: Walt Becker
SCRIPT: Brad Copeland
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Robbie Greenberg
EDITOR: Ryan Folsey, Christopher Greenbury, Stuart H. Pappe
MUSIC: Teddy Castellucci
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Michael Corenblith
RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: BVI
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 8, 2007
SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted scenes, the making of featurette, audio commentary
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: BVHI
DVD RELEASE: August 22, 2007