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Wild Hogs

A lot can happen on the road to nowhere. 

Year: 2007 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Walt Becker 
Starring: John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy.  
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In Cincinnati, Bobby the plumber (Lawrence), Woody the rich guy (Travolta), Doug the family man (Allen) and Dudley the geek (Macy) are a group of middle-aged friends. The four realise that their lives are going nowhere fast and miss their reckless youths, when they formed the biker gang the Wild Hogs. Frustrated with their suburban lives they decide to recapture their youths and set out on a road trip to discover America. In a last quest for freedom, they rev up their bikes and hit the open road, but soon discover that the open road holds much more than they bargained for.

The friends stop at a bar owned by the Del Fuegos, a real life biker gang who’s leader, Jack, is less than impressed by the four would-be bikers, and sends them back to their safe little lives. Despite the Del Fuegos warning, the road trip continues and eventually reaches the small town of Madrid, where, stuck without gas, the four must pay for their defiance.

Allen, Travolta, Lawrence and Macy fit together perfectly to produce the films mismatched foursome, and the result is pure comedy which will have you roaring with laughter. Surprisingly Travolta isn’t the suave and charismatic character we are used to, but instead is the stereotypical guy trying to cope with his midlife crisis. This somehow works, and his desperate attempts to be young and free provide some of the funniest moments.

“Wild Hogs” is a truly hilarious film where plenty of unexpected turns, classic embarrassing situations and, of course, slapstick collisions come together to create a great comedy movie. But at the same time it should remind everyone how important it is to age with a little bit more dignity than the Wild Hogs!

Matthew Gardner

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Screenings of this film:

2008/2009 Spring Term (35mm)