In recent years there has been a notable resurgence in the road movie genre. After the worldwide triumph of teen sensation 'Road Trip', we have been graced with an assortment of films ranging from the horrors of 'Wolf Creek' to the delightful 'Little Miss Sunshine'.
However, with 'Wild Hogs,' director Walt Becker takes us on a different route.
After becoming disillusioned with their lives and the responsibilities of adulthood, four middle-aged friends (Allen, Travolta, Lawrence and Macy) decide to take to the open road on their motorbikes in the hope they might rediscover the freedom and youthful exuberance they no longer enjoy in their lives.
Each of the four is missing fulfilment in their metropolitan existence that working as a dentist, computer engineer, writer and deal-maker just doesn't satisfy. However, the thought of getting away from it all and their wives, if even for a few days, seems the way to go in the hope that they will somehow gain insight en route.
Not long into their trip, our heroes run afoul of a gang of violent bikers, the Del Fuegos - led by the irrepressible Liotta - who see the four as city boys faking their genuine roadhouse lifestyle. After a brief confrontation, what follows is an hour-and-a-half of rip-roaring comedy as the four get continually sidetracked by tricky situations while all the time being hunted by the authentic biker gang.
It is a simple plot and very much predicable, but somehow 'Wild Hogs' just works. It really has some classic moments and memorable characters, ranging from the overly gay policeman (McGinley), who seems to turn up at every turn, to the townspeople of Madrid, where the quartet become immediate heroes.
As a middle-age road comedy 'Wild Hogs' doesn't try to become what it's not. It is well-written and timing by all the stars is first rate. And although one does not need to extend the limits of intellect, this is a witty and enjoyable movie that varies its comic approach for wider appeal.