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Wild Hogs
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Starring: Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, Ray Liotta, William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei, John Travolta
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Touchstone Pictures
Web Site: www.wildhogsmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want them in a motorcycle gang, and "shit" is said a lot.
Date Movie: If your date is my sister.
Gratuitous Sex: Some weird scenes with a gay cop and naked butts.
Gratuitous Violence: There's some fighting with the real motorcycle gang.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Chuckles mostly.
Memorable Scene: The "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" scene.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Walt Becker
Produced By: Brian Robbins, Michael Tollin, Todd Lieberman

Wild Hogs
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:39 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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

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 ensue.

Only for me, hilarity, for the most part, was left behind.

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!! L8R!!!

 

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