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"WILD HOGS"
(2007) (Tim Allen, John Travolta) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Moderate Mild *Heavy *Minor None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Heavy None Mild Moderate Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Heavy Minor Mild Moderate *Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: Suffering from various midlife crises, four friends set out on a cross-country motorcycle trip only to encounter an ill-tempered motorcycle gang.
PLOT:
Doug Madsen (TIM ALLEN) is a successful Cincinnati dentist, but he isn't happy about his restrictive diet or the fact that his son would rather play ball with a friend's father than him. His friend Bobby Davis (MARTIN LAWRENCE) is trying to write some sort of book in lieu of being a plumber, but is constantly henpecked by his domineering wife. At least they have families, unlike computer programmer Dudley Frank (WILLIAM H. MACY) who's shy and awkward around women or Woody Stevens (JOHN TRAVOLTA) whose supermodel wife is divorcing him and leaving him broke.

Since the four friends often get together for weekend rides on their motorcycles, Woody proposes that they get away from all of their problems and experience the life of leisure and total freedom by taking a cross-country motorcycle trip. The others are reluctant, but eventually agree, and soon the quartet hits the road.

Unfortunately, it's not long before misfortune strikes. After accidentally burning down their tent, they stop at a biker bar where Del Fuegos motorcycle gang leader Jack (RAY LIOTTA) takes an instant disliking to the suburban weekend warriors.

After Woody accidentally blows up the biker bar (unbeknownst to the others) while retrieving Dudley's bike, the quartet continues on their trip, eventually arriving in a small town where they meet Maggie (MARISA TOMEI), the owner of the local diner. When Jack and his gang arrive with revenge on their minds, the four middle-aged men must decide what they're going to do .

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of anyone in the cast, or are into motorcycles and such, they might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For crude and sexual content, and some violence.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • TIM ALLEN plays a suburban dentist who isn't happy in his life for a number of reasons and thus agrees to Woody's suggestion of a road trip. He drinks some along the way and must contend with Jack and his gang.
  • JOHN TRAVOLTA plays his friend whose supermodel wife is divorcing him, thus leaving him broke. Needing to get away from it all, he proposes the trip, and is the one responsible for the accidental destruction of the biker bar. He doesn't inform the others of the resultant danger they're in, drinks some, and uses some profanity.
  • MARTIN LAWRENCE plays their henpecked friend, a plumber who shows unwise bravado toward the gang. He also drinks and uses profanity.
  • WILLIAM H. MACY plays their other friend, a geeky computer programmer who's awkward and shy around women until he meets Maggie (with whom he might sleep). He drinks with his friends.
  • RAY LIOTTA plays the ill-tempered and menacing leader of the biker gang who has it out for the Wild Hogs and especially wants revenge following the accidental destruction of the biker bar. He uses profanity and smokes.
  • MARISA TOMEI plays a small town resident who runs the local diner and ends up falling for Dudley (with whom she might sleep).
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of a possible "f" word, while at least 13 "s" words, other expletives, and a host of colorful phrases are also uttered. Sexually related dialogue and song lyrics are present, as is sexually related humor, including gay and homophobic material, and a brief bit featuring Internet porn.

    Some men's bare butts are seen as they skinny-dip. Off-screen sex or fooling around is implied, while men ogle young and shapely women in very revealing bikinis. Violence consists of barroom brawl type fighting (punching, kicking, other striking of others), while various moments of slapstick style material are present, a biker bar explodes by accident, and a bull flips some people around.

    All of that's played for comedy, but it's possible younger viewers might still find some of it unsettling or suspenseful. Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes. Characters drink and/or smoke, and a drug-related comment is made. Various instances of crude humor are present, as is all sorts of potentially imitative behavior.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are varying amounts of camera movement in the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • We see liquor behind a lawyer in his office.
  • The four guys drink in a bar where others drink.
  • Referring to himself at a younger age, Doug says, "That guy used to get high a lot."
  • Miscellaneous people drink in a biker bar.
  • After they run out of gas in the desert, the men see a sign for beer in the next town. When they get there, Dudley grabs a pitcher of beer off a table and drinks straight from it.
  • Maggie has a beer.
  • The men decide to participate in a "slap the bull" game, not initially realizing it's meant literally (with Bobby saying he thought it was a drinking game).
  • Doug and Woody have beer.
  • A biker pours a mug of beer over a guy's head, commenting on it being "piss warm."
  • Bobby throws a beer onto a biker.
  • All four men have beer as do others in a bar (we see many beers in front of the four).
  • Various bikers have beer.
  • All four men have beer.
  • About the reconstruction of a biker bar, a comment is made about there being a year's supply of free beer with that.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • A store clerk talks to Bobby about the "crap" in the bathroom that Bobby will have to clean (as a plumber).
  • Doug's wife jokes about the middle-aged guys having to stop to pee a lot.
  • Dudley walks up at their campsite, holding a plastic bag. He tells the others that it's poop and for them not to eat it. Woody tells him to bury it, but Dudley won't, prompting Woody to tell him to do so "or I'll vomit in your lap." Dudley says he'll tie it up in a tree so that a bear won't get it, with Woody replying, "Bears don't eat sh*t."
  • Doug comments about "take a leak" and that he has to pee again.
  • While riding, various bugs splat onto Doug, Bobby, and Dudley (leaving bug guts all over them).
  • We see the four men urinating, with their backs to the camera (we see some of their urine streams).
  • Bobby thanks the owners of an RV, saying he left the window open (presumably meaning he's just used their bathroom).
  • Dudley says he hopes a place has bran muffins, adding that he's a little bound up.
  • About the local chili festival, the sheriff says some was so hot that a person's throat started to bleed (not seen).
  • Dudley states that he can now empty his poop bag.
  • A deputy is missing much of one ear from a much earlier, unseen gun accident.
  • A biker pours a mug of beer over a guy's head, commenting on it being "piss warm." The supposedly gay biker then adds that if they drink "piss," they drink it cold (drawing a concerned look from the other biker).
  • The men have various slightly bloody cuts and scrapes on their faces following a fight with the bikers.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Most of the following is played for laughs.
  • Bobby's wife constantly talks down to and orders him around.
  • About her younger sister screaming, Bobby's oldest daughter says, "It's like a car alarm that sh*ts."
  • To get back at his mother-in-law for saying that in her day, the men wore the pants (referring to how Bobby's wife treats him), Bobby retorts that in her day, the men had pyramids to build.
  • Woody yells at a boy to hold up his end of the deal of raking Woody's yard (the boy complains it's not enough money for the size).
  • After his son declines the offer to play ball with him, Doug is upset (to himself) when the boy wants to go off and play with a friend and his dad.
  • To prove they don't need them, Woody throws Doug's phone aside, breaking it. Doug then does the same back to Woody's phone, while Bobby throws his own away. Dudley then does the same, but his hits and cracks a trucker's windshield, with all four guys then fleeing.
  • Some viewers might not like the gay-related and homophobic humor present in the film.
  • Jack and his minions immediately pick on the four men. He then tricks Dudley into trading his bike for a junked bike.
  • About Jack and his gang surrounding them, Bobby asks if anybody else is getting "that pre-rape feeling," with one of Jack's minions enthusiastically saying he does.
  • Woody lies to his friends about confronting Jack and his gang.
  • After they run out of gas in the desert, the men see a sign for beer in the next town. When they get there, Dudley grabs a pitcher of beer off someone else's table and drinks straight from it.
  • About Maggie, Dudley says he wanted to say something funny to her, but all he could think of were "black jokes" (not purposefully meant as racism, but it prompts Bobby to mock indignation and say, "Do tell").
  • A biker grabs a bystander, takes his phone, and shoves him away.
  • Jack throws an outside chair through a storefront window and announces they're not leaving the small town until they get the Wild Hogs.
  • We see that Jack and his men have Dudley tied up, and Jack threatens to break his legs (and then head) if his three friends don't show their faces.
  • Bobby's wife is quite mad at him when she learns that he lied about where he was going and what he'd be doing during the trip.
  • One deputy refers to his brother and fellow deputy as "hamburger head" for having a disfigured ear from an earlier, unseen shooting accident.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • While it's possible that a few scenes listed under "Violence" might be unsettling or suspenseful to younger viewers, they're all played for comedy.
  • About Jack and his gang surrounding them, Bobby asks if anybody else is getting "that pre-rape feeling," with one of Jack's minions enthusiastically saying he does.
  • Mistakenly thinking some gang members are scared of a potential lawsuit should they mess with the Wild Hogs (when they're just holding back from orders by Jack), Bobby throws a beer onto a biker and then squirts ketchup and mustard onto him and his biker buddy (who get madder by the moment). Bobby then tops that off by kneeing one in the crotch, bending him over in pain (while played for comedy, some viewers might be concerned for Bobby's safety).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "It's like a car alarm that sh*ts," "I'm tired of dealing with sh*t all of the time," "Bears don't eat sh*t," "This is bullsh*t," "Oh sh*t," "I will beat sh*t down," "Saying the weirdest sh*t," "Sh*t-hole," "You look like an Eskimo hooker" (or something close to that), "Granny's gonna spank your bottom," "Leather condom" (helmet), "My junk" (penis and/or testicles), "Look at the nuts on that thing," "One powerful little sucker," "In your day, the mean had pyramids to build," "Screw" (nonsexual), "I hate you," "Moron," "Bitch" (man), "I'll see you hogs in hell," "Without busting your ass," "Buck wild," "What kind of crap is that?" "Hell just froze over," "It's in my skin, bitch" (referring to a tattoo, said to no one in particular), "Hey numb nuts," "Got a cheap ass wife," "This is poop, don't eat it," "Bury it or I'll vomit in your lap," "Wimp," "Poindexter," "Damn lucky," "Take a leak," "What the hell?" "Oh hell no," "Shut up," "That's a damn lie," "Sweet ride," "Does anybody else get that pre-rape feeling?" "Anal retentive wimp," "What, are you nuts?" "Damn the bike," "Balls" (testicles), "Screw you," "Thank you, Dr. Freud," "Son of a gun," "Who's your daddy?" "Pissed off," "Those assholes got balls," "You're an asshole," "My bad," "I wanted to say something funny, but all I could think of were black jokes," "Oh damn," "On snap," "Piss warm beer," "Stupid ass," "Cracker ass," "Bozos," "Geek," "You little turd," "Screwed up," "Screw up," "Piss 'em off," "Holy crap," "Kick your ass," "Punch that out of me, bitches," "That was like level twelve of Doom," "Have you lost your mind?" "I don't give a damn," "Get your ass in the van," "Slow your role," "Hamburger head" and "You son of a bitch."
  • Bobby's young daughter lets out a piercing scream (just to make an obnoxious noise).
  • Various characters have tattoos, including Jack, most of his crew, Bobby, Dudley (who has the Apple Computer logo on his arm) and others.
  • We see some miscellaneous bare midriffs.
  • To prove he's still a man (while on a strict diet), Doug drinks straight from the gravy boat and then bites a chuck out of a stick of butter. He then looks like he's in pain, and we next see him in the hospital where the doc tells him he's had a stress-induced panic attack.
  • To prove they don't need them, Woody throws Doug's phone aside, breaking it. Doug then does the same back to Woody's phone, while Bobby throws his own away. Dudley then does the same, but his hits and cracks a trucker's windshield, with all four guys then fleeing.
  • Woody and Doug ride without helmets.
  • The men, and then later a gay cop, go skinny-dipping in a lake.
  • Woody sneaks back to the biker bar and cuts the gas lines on Jack and the others' bikes. When they try to take off, they can't, and Jack's cigarette drops into the spilled fuel. The resultant fire spreads and we then see the biker bar explode.
  • While passing by, Woody gives "the finger" to Jack and his gang.
  • While drinking beer from a pitcher, Dudley growls at others and then belches.
  • Parched from being in the desert, Bobby and Woody spray soda water from a bar's soda water nozzle gun into their mouths.
  • The men decide to participate in a "slap the bull" game, not initially realizing it's meant literally. Woody and Doug then sneak up on and slap a bull on its rear.
  • A biker pours a mug of beer over a guy's head, commenting on it being "piss warm."
  • Mistakenly thinking some gang members are scared of a potential lawsuit should they mess with the Wild Hogs (when they're just holding back from orders by Jack), Bobby throws a beer onto a biker and then squirts ketchup and mustard onto him and his biker buddy. Bobby then tops that off by kneeing one in the crotch, bending him over in pain.
  • A biker has a pierced eyebrow.
  • A biker head-butts another person out of joy.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A mild amount of comically played, suspenseful music is heard in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song has sexual sounding lyrics about someone who knows how to ride another.
  • At a carnival, a middle-aged man sings a number of karaoke songs with suggestive lyrics, including "She's all over you" and "Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me? Don't you wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?" (and shakes his clothed butt while doing so).
  • A song has the lyric, "Gonna light your fire" (meant sexually).
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 possible "f" word (and another that appeared to be mouthed, but not heard), 13 "s" words, 2 slang terms using female genitals ("p*ssy"), 1 using male ones ("my junk"), 26 asses (11 used with "hole"), 8 damns, 7 hells, 3 craps, 2 S.O.B.s and 2 uses of "Oh God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Some sexually related song lyrics are present (see "Music(Inappropriate)" for details).
  • About how his oldest daughter is dressed, Bobby half-jokes about her looking like some sort of hooker.
  • Bobby's wife shows a little cleavage.
  • Dudley likes the look of a woman in a cyber-cafe, but when he commands his voice-actuated computer to look for "alternate specs," it thinks he said "alternate sex" and thus shows various porno Internet sites, such as GrannyLove.org and barnyard love (we hear "granny's gonna spank your bottom" along with animal sounds). Dudley scrambles to stop that, resulting in coffee shorting out the laptop.
  • We see a poster of Woody's supermodel wife that shows some cleavage.
  • When asked what Woody's wife has ever made them, Bobby jokingly replies, "Hard."
  • Doug jokingly refers to Dudley's old-fashioned helmet as a leather condom.
  • About his plumbing shoes, Bobby comments about condoms on them
  • A gay cop comes across the four guys sleeping together on the ground (following their tent burning down the night before). They don't immediately realize the cop is there and comment about Woody riding them so hard the day before, the human body was not meant to ride something so huge, and Bobby saying his jaw hurts from blowing so hard (inflating a mattress), all of which the cop thinks is referencing gay sex. He says the men are "damn lucky" to have each other, and as the men all stand, we see that Dudley isn't wearing any pants (but does have on briefs, a shirt and coat).
  • We see Dudley's bare butt (and chest) as he prepares to skinny dip with the other men in a pond, but they state they're wearing their underwear. Dudley jumps in and we see a quick view of his bare butt again. Bobby says he keeps his underwear on because he didn't want it to get dark in the water (a joking reference to being black and having a large penis). Doug takes his off (under the water, so we don't see any nudity), as does Bobby who tells the others to keep their distance and that he doesn't want the whole size thing to ruin their friendship. Woody then jokes about "my gay friend" and then strips, referring to "my junk." Just then, a family shows up, with the father and kids getting in the water, not realizing the men are nude (the men try to persuade them to leave, but to no avail). When one refers to crawfish, the kids and father dive under the water to look, with Woody then reacting to something under the water, with the father then popping up and realizing that the men are nude. The wife (onshore) sees the underwear, and the family then hurries off. However, the gay cop from before then shows up, and we see his bare butt as he gets into the pond. When he covers his eyes to play Marco Polo, the four men rush off.
  • When Jack says that at least the four men have "balls," his gay minion says he's going to put them in his mouth and chew on them (prompting Jack to punch that guy).
  • At a carnival, a middle-aged man shakes his clothed butt while singing some suggestive lyrics.
  • About a bull, Doug says, "Look at the nuts on that thing."
  • Woody gives Dudley a dance lesson (for Maggie), but during an embrace, Woody says, "That's enough" and walks off, with Dudley replying, "It's just a pocketknife."
  • We see miscellaneous cleavage.
  • A biker pours a mug of beer over a guy's head, commenting on it being "piss warm." The supposedly gay biker then adds that if they drink "piss," they drink it cold (drawing a concerned look from the other biker).
  • Talking to him on the phone and indulging his machismo, Doug's wife says, "You know how turned on I am right now."
  • Maggie and Dudley do a bit of passionate, clothed kissing.
  • Maggie shows a little cleavage.
  • Sex or at least fooling around is somewhat implied but not seen between Dudley and Maggie.
  • Seeing Dudley and Maggie quite close, Bobby tells them to "get a room," with Dudley asking, "Can we? Do we have time?"
  • The men stare at various young and shapely ladies in skimpy bikinis (that show cleavage and varying amounts of bare butt cheeks) as the men ride along on their bikes.
  • SMOKING
  • Jack smokes once, as do a few miscellaneous bikers.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Bobby's wife constantly talks down to and orders him around.
  • We hear that Woody is broke and is getting divorced from his supermodel wife.
  • After his son declines the offer to play ball with him, Doug is upset (to himself) when the boy wants to go off and play with a friend and his dad.
  • We hear that Woody's wife left him three months ago.
  • Bobby's wife is quite mad at him when she learns that he lied about where he was going and what he'd be doing during the trip.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Midlife crises, particularly among men.
  • The comment to get out and enjoy life.
  • Biker gangs.
  • Being bullied by others.
  • Being nervous around members of the opposite sex.
  • Woody and Doug ride without helmets.
  • Doug asking, "Did you ever wake up and wonder what happened to your life?"
  • VIOLENCE
  • All of the following is played for laughs.
  • While out riding, Dudley accidentally clotheslines himself on a sign (knocking himself off his bike).
  • Some dental suction Doug is using in a patient's mouth causes that person a little pain.
  • Dudley wipes out on his bike and slides across the road while his bike crashes into something.
  • To prove they don't need them, Woody throws Doug's phone aside, breaking it. Doug then does the same back to Woody's phone, while Bobby throws his own away. Dudley then does the same, but his hits and cracks a trucker's windshield, with all four guys then fleeing.
  • Dudley accidentally flicks a burning marshmallow back onto their tent. It then burns through and lands on the sleeping bag inside, catching it on fire. Dudley then rushes up to throw water onto the fire, but he picked the wrong container and throws a flammable liquid onto it, causing it to erupt even more.
  • While riding, various bugs splat onto Doug, Bobby and Dudley (leaving bug guts all over them), while a large bird slams into Woody and he struggles to get it off him.
  • Jack smacks one of his minions.
  • Woody sneaks back to the biker bar and cuts the gas lines on Jack and the others' bikes. When they try to take off, they can't, and Jack's cigarette drops into the spilled fuel. The resultant fire spreads and we then see the biker bar explode.
  • Jack punches one of his gang members for something he said.
  • Jack punches his minion again.
  • At a carnival attraction, Bobby throws a baseball at some targets, but it ricochets and hits Doug in the crotch, doubling him over in pain.
  • The men decide to participate in a "slap the bull" game, not initially realizing it's meant literally. At the fenced pen, Woody decides to do it, so he sneaks up on the bull, slaps it on the rear, and then runs back to the fence. Doug then decides to do the same, but the bull chases after him after he slaps it, flipping him up into the air. The others then rush into the pen to distract the bull that chases after them. Once they're out, Bobby doesn't see the bull get out and charge him from behind, and flip him up into the air.
  • While dancing, Dudley accidentally sends Maggie into another couple, knocking them down.
  • A biker grabs a bystander, takes his phone, and shoves him away.
  • A biker picks up a bystander and throws him into another person.
  • Mistakenly thinking some gang members are scared of a potential lawsuit should they mess with the Wild Hogs (when they're just holding back from orders by Jack), Bobby throws a beer onto a biker and then squirts ketchup and mustard onto him and his biker buddy. Bobby then tops that off by kneeing one in the crotch, bending him over in pain.
  • Jack throws an outside chair through a storefront window and announces they're not leaving the small town until they get the Wild Hogs.
  • Dudley goes to confront the bikers with a tire iron, but it accidentally slips out of his hand and crashes through a glass door.
  • We see that Jack and his men have Dudley tied up, and Jack threatens to break his legs (and then head) if his three friends don't show their faces.
  • The men try to rescue Dudley who's been tied up and hoisted above the street, but fail. Jack then punches and kicks Doug, while another biker punches Woody. A fight then breaks out between the three men (Dudley still being tied up) and the bikers, with punches and other hitting occurring, including a martial arts kick to Bobby, Dudley being thrown through a window, and a man being hit in the crotch. Now freed, Dudley hits one biker on the head with a frying pan, but Jack punches Woody and Doug, while Dudley and Bobby are also hit (leaving some slightly bloody scrapes and cuts on the men's faces).
  • Dudley accidentally crashes into some hay.
  • Bobby, Doug, and Woody are clotheslined by a surfboard while not paying attention to where they're riding.
  • A biker head-butts another person out of joy.



  • Reviewed February 21, 2007 / Posted March 2, 2007

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