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|Directed by||Walt Becker|
|Produced by||Kristin Burr
|Written by||Brad Copeland|
William H. Macy
|Music by||Teddy Castellucci|
|Edited by||Christopher Greenbury|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
Wild Hogs is a 2007 biker comedy road film directed by Walt Becker and starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. It was released nationwide in the United States and Canada on March 2, 2007.
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Doug Madsen (Tim Allen), Woody Stevens (John Travolta), Bobby Davis (Martin Lawrence), and Dudley Frank (William H. Macy) are four middle-aged suburban men 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 (Dominic Janes), Dudley is a single clumsy 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 find escape from their lives on weekends by riding motorcycles together pretending to be a biker gang called the "Wild Hogs".
When Woody finds out his wife is divorcing him and leaving him bankrupt, he suggests a road trip on their bikes to California to the others. Dudley eagerly signs on, while Bobby lies to his wife about having to go to a plumber's convention. Meanwhile, Doug is reluctant to leave work, but when his wife sarcastically agrees that he should stay home because of his age, he becomes upset and suffers a panic attack. This prompts Doug's wife to convince him to go on the trip.
The foursome encounter several misadventures during the first couple days of their ride, including Dudley accidentally burning their tent, two encounters with a gay highway patrolman, and an awkward moment at a lake when the foursome are skinny dipping and inadvertently frighten off a family who had planned to picnic and swim at the lake. The men then stop at a roadside bar, where they meet the Del Fuego gang, headed by the tough biker Jack (Ray Liotta). 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.
Upset and humiliated by what just happened, Woody tries to convince the others to go back and get Dudley's bike. The others refuse, so Woody sneaks back alone, cuts the fuel lines of the other bikes, and retrieves Dudley's bike. Woody tells the others that he threatened to sue the Del Fuegos if they didn't give him Dudley's bike. When the Del Fuegos hear the Wild Hogs riding back past the bar, they try to pursue them, only for the bikes to stall. Jack accidentally drops his lit cigarette onto a line of fluid from where Woody cut the gas lines of the bikes, causing a chain reaction that blows up the bar. Woody sees the bar explosion in his rear-view mirror, panics and convinces the others to keep riding instead of filling up at a nearby gas station, not realizing the next station is 200 miles away.
The Wild Hogs run out of gas and end up in Madrid, New Mexico, where they stumble into a diner and help themselves to water and beer without first paying for the beer. As a result, the townspeople first mistake them for the Del Fuego gang. When the Wild Hogs explain their actions, they learn that the Del Fuegos have been terrorizing the town regularly, while the local police force, which has very little training and no guns, can't do anything to protect the town. Although Woody is still antsy about the Del Fuegos, the others convince him to stay in the town overnight. During their stay in the town, Dudley falls in love with Maggie (Marisa Tomei), the diner's owner, while two Del Fuegos spot the foursome and report their location to Jack. Jack tells his scouts not to hurt the Wild Hogs until he gets there. The Wild Hogs confront the scouts and, believing Woody's story, get the scouts to leave and are hailed as heroes.
The next day, a still-uneasy Woody finally convinces the others to leave, 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. Woody admits what he really did to get Dudley's bike back as well as the real reason for the trip. Jack takes over Maggie's diner, but when he threatens to burn it, Dudley confronts them and is captured. The others join Dudley but are repeatedly beaten down. The townspeople band together to confront the Del Fuegos, but just then Damien Blade (Peter Fonda), Jack's father and the founder of the Del Fuegos, arrives and orders the gang to back off. 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, mentioning as he leaves that Jack "takes after his mother."
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. The Wild Hogs leave, reaching California, and in a scene similar to one at the beginning of the movie, Dudley becomes distracted and nearly loses control of his bike. This time, however, he keeps control, while the others, in an ironic twist, crash into a tandem surfboard.
In the end credits, it is revealed that the Wild Hogs had called Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 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 and guilt for disrespecting the Wild Hogs in the beginning. The scene ends with the Wild Hogs clicking their beer glasses together in glee.
- Tim Allen as Doug Madsen
- John Travolta as Woody Stevens
- Martin Lawrence as Bobby Davis
- William H. Macy as Dudley Frank
- Ray Liotta as Jack Blade
- Marisa Tomei as Maggie
- Kevin Durand as Red
- M. C. Gainey as Murdock
- Jill Hennessy as Kelly Madsen
- Dominic Janes as Billy Madsen
- Tichina Arnold as Karen Davis
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Charley
- Jason Sklar as Deputy Earl Dooble
- Randy Sklar as Deputy Buck Dooble
- Drew Sidora as Haley Davis
- Cymfenee as Claire Davis
- Margaret Travolta as Dana
- Victor Izay as Mr. Putnam
- Paul Teutul, Sr. as Himself
- Paul Teutul, Jr. as Himself
- Michael Hitchcock as Kent
- Drew Pinsky as Doctor
- John C. McGinley as Gay Highway Patrolman
- Cynthia Frost as Mrs. Putnam
- Stephanie Skewes as Selma
- Kyle Gass as Kyle
- Shane Baumel as Toby
- Peter Fonda as Damien Blade, Jack's Father
- Ty Pennington as Himself
- Dill Winston as Michael
- Bebe Drake as Karen's Mother
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Travolta and Macy had previously worked together in the 1998 drama, A Civil Action. Liotta and Durand had previously appeared together in the 2006 action thriller Smokin' Aces. Lawrence and McGinley appeared in the 1997 comedy Nothing to Lose. Lawrence and Arnold had previously worked together on the television series Martin; many fans of the series found their pairing in this film humorous, as well as ironic, as in the series, their characters hated each other, while in the film they were husband and wife.
Though the film takes place in various places throughout the U.S., the entire movie was actually filmed in New Mexico (except the beach on the West Coast at the end). The opening scenes that supposedly take place in Cincinnati were actually filmed in and around Albuquerque; the final scenes said to depict Madrid were actually shot there.
- XL1200C Sportster Custom for Dudley.
- FXSTS Springer Softail for Bobby.
- Black Fatboy with a chrome front wheel for Doug.
- Screamin' Eagle Fatboy for Woody.
Many of the motorcycles utilized by the Del Fuego gang were customized choppers. The motorcycle used by Jack featured the logo for Orange County Choppers, run by Paul Teutul, Sr. with design work by Paul Teutul, Jr.. Both Teutuls have cameo appearances at the beginning of the film.
Tim Allen, a noted automotive designer and hobbyist, gave input to the design of his motorcycle. Of the bikes used in the film by the four main characters, his is the most customized model.
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The Motorcycle Riders Association's classes on motorcycle safety often point to the opening sequence in the film Wild Hogs for examples of things not to do when riding.
Wild Hogs opened on March 2, 2007 to mostly negative reviews. The film holds an average rating of 3.8/10 on website Rotten Tomatoes, with 14% of 141 reviews being positive.
Ty Burr of The Boston Globe compared the film's merits to its titular motorcycles, believing it to be "a bumptious weekend ride... the engine could use tuning and the plugs are shot, but it gets you most of the way there." Although writing a negative review, Burr offered praise for the film's final act, believing it "takes a satisfying turn" and that, with the exception of Allen, each of the film's primary cast members "earned his designated chuckle." He also favorably compared the film to RV, another comedy film focusing on a road trip.
Despite negative reviews, the film grossed $39.6 million on its opening weekend, ranking #1 in box office sales and nearly tripling the debut of fellow opener Zodiac. The film performed well throughout its entire run, falling just 30.5% in its second weekend and ultimately grossing $168.2 million domestically and $252.8 million worldwide, becoming Travolta's first film since The General's Daughter in 1999 to gross over $100 million domestically.
In March 2007, the Hells Angels filed suit against Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group alleging that the film used both the name and distinctive logo of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation without permission. That suit resulted in voluntary dismissal.
Awards and nominations
- Nominated- Favorite Movie Comedy
- Wild Hogs Movie Review – Wild Hogs Movie Trailer – The Boston Globe
- Weekend Box Office Results for March 2–4, 2007
- Wild Hogs (2007) – Weekend Box Office Results
- 'Litigation against movie release' (March 8, 2006) and they rule., HAMC vs Walt Disney
- 'Hells Angels file suit against Alexander McQueen' (October 27, 2010) 
- Official website
- Wild Hogs at the Internet Movie Database
- Wild Hogs at AllMovie
- Wild Hogs at Rotten Tomatoes
- Wild Hogs at Metacritic
- Wild Hogs at Box Office Mojo
- The Times Film Review: Wild Hogs