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||Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, Ray
Liotta, William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei, John Travolta
||Only if you want
them in a motorcycle gang, and "shit" is said a lot.
||If your date is my
||Some weird scenes
with a gay cop and naked butts.
fighting with the real motorcycle gang.
Makeover: Home Edition" scene.
Michael Tollin, Todd Lieberman
Pardon me for this long intro, but I think what I have to
do is recategorize my film rating scale, except Iím just not
sure how. Sure, itís sort of easy to give movies a "star"
rating, and Siskel and Ebert and Roeper have the best with
that "thumb" thing, but a movie like "Wild Hogs" needs its
own rating that has nothing to do with stars, thumbs,
tomatoes, or beers. Maybe I should create "The Dude on the
Rightís Family Scale." My family members would each have a
profile detailing the kinds of movies we like. For example,
a movie would get a rating of "Dad" if it is like an old
western without swear words, without gratuitous violence,
and in black and white. A movie would get a rating of "Mom"
if it were a musical with a happy ending. A movie would get
a rating of "Niece" if it were a campy horror flick. And a
movie would get a rating of "Sister" if most every major
critic thinks the movie is a piece of crap, most movie-goers
think the movie is just okay, but my Sister, as she did with
"R.V." finds the movie funny as hell. I have a good feeling
"Wild Hogs" would get a rating of "Sister" on "The Dude on
the Rightís Family Scale." Hereís the quick storyÖ
A Movie Review
Four dudes are in the midst of their crises. Doug (Tim
Allen) is a dentist stuck in a rut with his family. Woody
(John Travolta) has his perfect life with a model wife
crumbling before him. Bobby (Martin Lawrence) has a bitch of
a wife and couldnít finish his self-help book on time so
heís back to being a plumber. And Dudley (William H. Macy)
is a computer programmer who isnít good with the ladies. But
all four of them like to ride their motorcycles every
weekend, as the group the Wild Hogs.
So what are four dudes in this situation to do? Of course
they go on a road trip, from Cincinnati to the west coast,
for some male bonding and soul searching. And along the way
they find themselves spooning in their sleeping area, skinny
dipping, and getting into a tussle with the Del Fuegos, led
by Jack (Ray Liotta). They also find themselves in the
quaint New Mexico town of Madrid, where Dudley finds the
love of his life, Maggie (Marisa Tomei).
And at all stages of the trip, hilarity is supposed to
Only for me, hilarity, for the most part, was left
I could go on and on about "Wild Hogs," but the question
would be "Why?" Itís one of those comedies best classified
as "It is what it is," meaning it isnít anything special, it
isnít anything new, and the only thing it did do for me is
realize I still am a Marisa Tomei stalker, who looks
fantastic at age 42. Sadly, for me, the funniest part of the
movie came about an hour and 35 minutes into the film, as
the ending credits began to roll, where they had an
"episode" of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." For me itís 1
Ĺ stars out of 5, but also a rating of "Sister."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!