"Real Men Do Good"
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WILD HOGS is like two different movies. The first half is an often lewd and scatological comedy about middle-aged men trying to re-discover their youth. The second half is a much funnier, more endearing and more meaningful story about standing up to bullies and sticking together. The second half has a more interesting plot and theme where the four comic heroes, and the villains, learn that real men don't act like bullies, they stand up to them. Even the little community holding the chili festival learns this lesson, which gives viewers a positive message about American values. Due to its lewd content and frequent foul language, however, WILD HOGS deserves an extreme caution.
(PaPa, Ro, BB, P, LLL, VV, S, N, A, D, MM) Mixed pagan worldview with some pagan, Romantic and strong moral content, plus a resolution that contains some positive American values in an implied way; at least 49 obscenities, seven light profanities, an obscene gesture, two scenes where men urinate off side of road, and some toilet humor; strong slapstick violence includes men riding motorcycles hit signs hard and fall off, man on motorcycle takes a tumble, punching, kicking and fighting during fight scene, accidental fire and explosion when cigarette lands on gasoline, man tied up with duct tape and hangs from rope, man thrown through window, objects break windows, men slap bull on the rear, bull chases men, bull tosses two men into the air, and gang threatens people; crude sex jokes during first half of movie include man accidentally opens soft porn sites on his laptop at coffee shop, a joke about bestiality, jokes about homosexuality where protagonists encounter homosexual highway patrolman twice and he makes advances on them each time and man complains that his male friend laid his head on him while they had to ride double on a motorcycle, plus unmarried adult couple talks about getting a room for the night; rear male nudity in skinny dipping scene and women in skimpy bikinis walk along beach area; alcohol use; brief smoking and man mentions he used to get high as a younger man; and, man lies to wife about going on trip with buddies and asks buddies to cover for him, motorcycle gang steals motorcycle by threatening other men, gang holds man against his will, and man vandalizes motorcycles of gang of thieves to get back stolen motorcycle safely and unintentionally causes bigger disaster.
WILD HOGS is like two different movies. The first half is an often lewd and scatological comedy about middle-aged men trying to re-discover their youth. The second half is a much funnier, more endearing and, eventually, more meaningful story about standing up to bullies and sticking together.
Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy play four goofy, middle-aged men in Cincinnati who like to spend time together getting away from their families and riding motorcycles. They call themselves the Wild Hogs. Due to various personal problems, they decide to get away by going on a road trip to the West Coast.
After a couple lewd encounters with a homosexual highway patrolman, whom they shun, the four friends have a run-in with a real motorcycle gang. The gang’s leader (played by Ray Liotta) takes away one of the men’s bikes and forces them to ride away without it. One of the men returns and steals back the bike, but, unknown to the others, he cuts the gas wires on the gang’s bikes, a gang member drops his cigarette into the gas, and the gang’s clubhouse explodes into a million pieces.
Riding further, the four men find a nice, sleepy little town holding a chili festival. The town itself has been terrorized by the motorcycle gang in the past. Meanwhile, the motorcycle gang is anxious to find the four goofy friends and beat them up. When they eventually show up, it puts everyone in danger.
The acting in WILD HOGS is uneven, especially in the movie’s first half when the movie uses most of its lewd material, including some toilet humor. The second half is much cleaner. The second half also has a more interesting plot and theme where the four comic heroes, and the villains, learn that real men don’t act like bullies, they stand up to them. Even the little community holding the chili festival learns this lesson, which gives viewers a positive lesson about American values. It also reminds one of many American westerns where the community stands behind the good guys to defeat the bad guys. These are great lessons for all of us today.
WILD HOGS contains lots of foul language throughout, however. That, and the movie’s sex jokes and toilet humor, deserve an extreme caution. The movie’s positive qualities are more in line with MOVIEGUIDE®’s moral, spiritual, psychological, philosophical, cultural, and biblical standards.