I’ve actually seen most of this movie twice on cable before sitting down to watch the whole thing a few days ago. Wild Hogs is a 2007 comedy biker adventure film starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence & William H Macy as 4 biker friends in the city who go on a bike ride to get away from their lives. Also starring are Ray Liotta, Marisa Tomei, Jill Hennessey, Kevin Durand, Kyle Gass & a cameo by Peter Fonda. Directed by Walter Becker the film was made on a budget of $60 mil and made $253.6 mill at the box office.
Doug Madsen, Woody Stevens, Bobby Davis, and Dudley Frank are four middle-aged suburban men and best friends living in a Cincinnati area suburb who find themselves frustrated with the pace of daily life and lack of adventure. Doug is a dentist who has trouble relating to his son Billy, Dudley is a single computer programmer who is afraid to talk to women. Bobby is a henpecked plumber whose wife has made him return to work after having taken a year off to unsuccessfully write a book, and Woody is a rich lawyer married to a supermodel. They are also part of a recreational bikers club in the city but find it boring. Woody proposes that they dump the club suggests a motorcycle road trip to California to the others. Initially only Dudley jumps on board but slowly the other two get excited about the trip and make arrangements (Bobby lie about a conference) and they set off on their bikes.
Along the way they have several misadventures like Dudley lighting their tent on fire, encountering a gay highway patrol bike cop who seems to want to bond with all 4 of them and one really uncomfortable moment when the 4 of them are skinny dipping and a family with small kids also join them! After the father sees them naked the family panics and runs off. The Wild Hogs stop at a a roadside bar, where they meet the Del Fuego gang, headed by the tough biker Jack. Jack calls the Wild Hogs “posers” and has his gang take Dudley’s bike, forcing the men to leave with Dudley in a sidecar attached to Woody’s bike. The 4 friends ride a bit before Woody stops angered and pissed off and sneaks back to the bar, cuts the fuel lines of the other bikes and takes Dudley’s bike back. When the gang sees him leave with the bike, they try to follow only to find the bikes out of fuel and an accidentally dropped cigarette causes an explosion with the leaking fuel and the bar is blown to bits. Now Woody, who told the others that he got the bike back by threatening a lawsuit, is the only one who sees the explosion in his rearview mirror and is scared as he knows that he caused it. He makes the others skip on refueling at a gas station – which unknown to them is the last one for the next 200 miles and – they end up pushing empty heavy bikes, in the hot sun, along to the next town. As they reach the diner, they help themselves to water & cold beer to quench their tired selves and are initially mistaken for the Del Fuegos, who torment the townsfolk from time to time. The friends then explain who they are and the town folk.
As the gas station is closed for the local festival & despite Woody getting antsy, the 4 friends have to stay in the town and take part in the festival. Dudley soon falls in love with the diner owner, Maggie, and they kiss after dancing. Two members of the Del Fuegos see them there as they terrorize a resident. Bobby goes and humiliates the two thinking that the lawsuit will keep them from doing anything. The two bikers go back to Jack to report while the Wild Hogs are treated like heroes. The next morning a scared Woody convinces the others to leave and tell the truth to his friends but then the entire Del Fuego gang shows up. Jack threatens to wreak havoc on the town unless the Wild Hogs pay for the damage to the bar and takes over the diner, causing Dudley to go out and is captured while trying to defend Maggie’s diner. In order to get Dudley back the other three go and also get captured and are beaten but they refuse to lie down and keep trying to fight. Seeing this the townsfolk band together and stand up to the gang. Before a big fight can ensue, Jack’s father (Fonda) and founder of the gang rides in and berates his son. Blade berates Jack for letting four “posers” hold off an entire biker gang, questioning aloud just which side was the “posers,” and saying that the bar was merely an insurance scam and therefore he was glad that the Wild Hogs destroyed it. Blade tells the Del Fuegos to leave town, and ride the open road until they remember what riding is really about.
As the townsfolk & the Wild Hogs celebrate & cheer, Doug and Bobby’s wives arrive, and Doug reconciles with his son. Bobby’s wife orders him to return with her, but he refuses, finally standing up to her and convincing her to let him finish the ride. So on again the 4 guys rides to Los Angeles. During the end credits it is shown that the 4 got Extreme Makeover to give the Del Fuegos a new bar to call home. While most of the bike gang is ecstatic and grateful for their new home, Jack is shown only crying and not saying anything, most likely out of joy.
It’s silly & fun and I just can’t avoid a movie with Tim Allen & John Travolta in it, although the real star of the movie is William H Macy. I’ve never cared for Martin Lawrence. 7.5 outta 10!