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    'Wild Hogs'

    Bottom Line: The fun comedic turns by the starry quartet partly makes up for the predictable broad humor of this vulgar road comedy

    By Frank Scheck
    The Hollywood Reporter
    Feb 27, 2007

    The onscreen chemistry demonstrated by the likable performers goes a long way toward overcoming the film's mechanical and distasteful aspects.

    NEW YORK -- 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. Unfortunately, though it gets off to a promising beginning, the film soon degenerates into typical slapstick silliness that, while it should prove crowd-pleasing, squanders its considerable comedic potential.

    Demonstrating the sort of star teaming that the Walt Disney Co. employed so successfully in the 1980s, the film stars Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy as four middle-age buddies who confront the crises involving their professional and home lives by donning leather jackets and taking off on their motorcycles for a cross-country road trip.
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    Wild Hogs

    By Dennis Harvey
    February 26, 2007

    John Travolta, left, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and Tim Allen are self-styled outlaws in Buena Vista comedy 'Wild Hogs.'

    A Buena Vista release of a Touchstone Pictures presentation of a Tollin/Robbins production. Produced by Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Todd Lieberman. Executive producers, Sharla Sumpter Ridgett, Amy Sayres. Directed by Walt Becker. Screenplay, Brad Copeland.

    Doug Madsen - Tim Allen
    Woody Stevens - John Travolta
    Bobby Davis - . Martin Lawrence
    Dudley Frank - William H. Macy
    Jack - Ray Liotta
    Maggie - Marisa Tomei
    Red - Kevin Durand
    Murdock - M. C. Gainey
    Kelly Madsen - Jill Hennessy
    Billy Madsen - Dominic Janes
    Karen Davis - Tichina Arnold
    Charley - Stephen Tobolowsky

    Male menopause spews a lot of exhaust in "Wild Hogs," a high-concept middlebrow comedy with Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy as staid suburbanites who decide to discover America a la "Easy Rider." Peter Fonda actually turns up in the closing reel, yet one suspects fictive Captain America is spinning somewhere in his off-highway grave. Uninspired script and broad slapstick yuks won't earn this any plaudits, but slick, safe package should do OK with North American mall auds. Offshore appeal is likely to be weaker, though ancillary action in most territories will be solid.

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    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: 'Wild Hogs' trade reviews - 2/26/07

    Disney's Soda Fountain & Studio Store overun by 'Wild Hogs':


    John Travolta and Martin Lawrence give each other a man hug at the Hollywood premiere of their road-trip comedy, Wild Hogs, on Tuesday. Arriving on a Harley, Travolta told PEOPLE he couldn't relate to his character's midlife crisis because he does "so many things and go so many places through my job that life doesn't ever get boring."
    CREDIT: Kevin Winter/Getty
    UPDATED: WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2007 02:00 PM EST,00.html
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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      Re: 'Wild Hogs' trade reviews - 2/26/07

      Can hardly wait to see this......can relate, age and bikes!
      Mom, remember, it's not what a person is like on the outside that counts,
      it's what they are like in their HEART!

      - Wolfette


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        Re: 'Wild Hogs' trade reviews - 2/26/07

        The only thing that has me concerned about this film is how they have released blooper reels as trailers, as if to say "the only funny parts are the out takes"


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