Wild Hogs (2007) One Harley-driving suburban weekend warrior in Wild Hogs submits meekly to a bossy wife who treats him like a dog, literally, snapping at him to… 2007-03-02 PG-13 PT99M Comedy Tim Allen Martin Lawrence William H. Macy Jill Hennessy Ray Liotta Marisa Tomei John Travolta Touchstone Pictures
Movie Review

Wild Hogs (2007)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
ROAD WEARY Travolta, Lawrence, Macy, and Allen are four middle-aged compadres who head out on the highway... and run out of gas in Hogs
Image credit: Lorey Sebastian
ROAD WEARY Travolta, Lawrence, Macy, and Allen are four middle-aged compadres who head out on the highway... and run out of gas in Hogs
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Mar 02, 2007; Rated: PG-13; Length: 99 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy; Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

One Harley-driving suburban weekend warrior in Wild Hogs submits meekly to a bossy wife who treats him like a dog, literally, snapping at him to ''Stay!'' and ''Come!'' Another highflier gets dumped by his swimsuit model of a girlfriend because of his recent brokeness. One's married to a nice lady who treats her husband like a second child because he acts like one. And the fourth, a single computer programmer, is just scared silly by girls — why else would he turn them off so reliably by securing his eyeglasses with a head strap?

Women, hmmmph! They can make a bunch of guys want to blast out of Cincinnati and hit the road like fans of Easy Rider, ditching their easy-waistband pants in favor of black leather. Tim Allen (the childish one), John Travolta (the dumped one), Martin Lawrence (the whipped one), and William H. Macy (the nerdy one) aren't a natural fit together — each demonstrates moments of thespian discomfort, masked as actorly camaraderie. (Ha-ha, the guys go commando in a swimming hole!) But then, nothing about this sputtering midlife-crisis family comedy is natural except the timeless notion that even the most latte-tamed baby boomer has the power to reclaim his inner Iron John. Ray Liotta provides the one true blast of comedic energy as the leader of a real, more pugnacious head-butting gang who tangles with the four amigos. Think the Hogs can take him down? Hear them squeal, then roar.

Originally posted Feb 27, 2007 Published in issue #924 Mar 09, 2007 Order article reprints