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Wild Hogs Review

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Dave White Profile

… so relentlessly stupid and bland and vile … Read full review

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  • 2.0
    27

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    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Wild Hogs, which includes a cameo by a live revenant from "Easy Rider," gives a bad name to carpe diem, but could have been worse; the trip might have started from Bangor.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    From the embarrassingly over-the-top performance of Ray Liotta as a tough-guy biker to the pratfalls of William H. Macy as a bumbling computer geek, this movie stinks of exhaust and desperation.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    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.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    With its clever premise and quartet of appealing comedic star turns, Wild Hogs is a step above the typical comedies rolling off the assembly lines of the major studios.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Disneyfied Easy Rider for the suburban set.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this comedy adventure isn't as kid-friendly as the previews suggest. The four middle-aged friends who set out on the central road trip use plenty of adult expletives, and the genuine biker gang they butt heads with is full of slapsticky violent, tattoo-covered hog riders out to punish the "suburban a--holes" posing as bikers. And then there are all homophobic jokes and double entendres -- not to mention the scatological possibilities of four men taking on the great outdoors. Be prepared for a lot of gay, poop, and pee jokes.

  • Families can talk about what the four friends learned about themselves and each other on their road trip. Why was the trip so important to Woody? How was Woody misleading his pals? Why didn't Doug's son consider him cool until the end of the movie? Why was Bobby afraid of his wife? How did Dudley act bravely despite his geeky personality? Ask kids to explain how the guys proved their friendship to each other. What other movies does this one remind you of? What's the appeal of "road trip movies"?

The good stuff
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    Messages: True friends stick together, even when it means getting whupped by a gang of hardcore bikers. Lots of scatological humor (the guys pee on the side of the road, biker says "We drink piss," Macy carries his poop around in a plastic bag).

What to watch for
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    Violence: Ray Liotta's biker gang and the four Wild Hogs have a climactic fistfight, but despite the nonstop punching and kicking, no one ends up too bloody. Martin Lawrence knees two bikers in the groin and squirts condiments all over their face. Liotta regularly punches, pushes, and slaps his underlings.

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    Sex: The friends skinny dip, and viewers see William H. Macy's bare buttocks. A gay highway patrolman joins the guys and shows off his naked butt. Macy and Marisa Tomei share a couple of passionate kisses. Several homophobic comments: "If any of my gay friends look at my junk, I'll kill them," "Does anyone else get a pre-rape feeling?," "I'm going to put your balls in my mouth and chew on them," etc.

  • language false3

    Language: Surprisingly frequent cursing, especially from John Travolta's character, including words like "bitch," "s--t," "p---y," "a--hole," etc.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Several bikers ride Orange County Choppers, and founder Paul Teutel Sr. even cameos.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The Wild Hogs drink beer at various bars and diners throughout their road trip; Tim Allen's character discusses how often he was high in his college days.

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