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PCR # 362  (Vol. 8, No. 9)  This edition is for the week of February 26--March 4, 2007.

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Movie Review
"Wild Hogs"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith
Three and a half stars

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Touchstone Pictures     
Starring: John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy
Directed by: Walt Becker
Rated: PG 13
Running Time: 1 hour 49 mins

Hype: to promote or publicize extravagantly. In Hollywood this is the word that is used most when discussing upcoming films. You couldn't go anywhere last year without hearing about "Snakes on a Plane." However, the film failed to entertain or make the zillions of dollars expected. I mention this because for months now the "hype" has been huge on "Wild Hogs." In fact, according to the good people at Disney (who own the Touchstone label), the coming attraction for "Wild Hogs" was the highest testing preview in the history of the film company. Could it be true? Can a biker comedy be THAT funny? Believe the hype!

Doug (Allen) is a dentist bored with his life. Woody (Travolta) is married to a super model but going through a tough time. Bobby (Lawrence) is henpecked. And Dudley (Macy), a computer programmer, is...well, let's just say that Dudley needs a date. The only time these men are happy are when they slip into their leathers and climb aboard their Harley's. They cruise down the highway proudly displaying their "colors": homemade vests displaying the name WILD HOGS. Hoping to find some adventure, the men decide to take a road trip to see the Pacific ocean. And then the fun begins.

A hilarious trip from beginning to end, "Wild Hogs" delivers more laughs per minute than any comedy since "Borat." Director Becker ("Van Wilder") has not only cast four talented actors in the leads but has peppered the film with a who's who of cameos that keep the laughter coming. John C. McGinley as an alternate lifestyle motorcycle cop. Ray Liotta as a rival gang leader. Tenacious D's Kyle Gass. Even the Sklar brothers (Randy and Jason) from ESPN. And they're all funny. And honestly, when you think of Ray Liotta, funny isn't the first thing to come to your head. The script by Brad Copeland ("My Name Is Earl," "Arrested Development") is full of small moments, each one as funny as the last. The film is technically well done as well, with Becker's camera catching the beauty of the open road while the soundtrack conveys the feeling of motoring down the highway. When the boys putt down the highway to the sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "The Breeze" you want to put your feet up and feel the wind in your face.

A film you'll want to see twice to catch all of the punchlines, "Wild Hogs" is a great ride down the comedy highway.

On a scale of zero to four stars I give "Wild Hogs" ***1/2.  Three and a half stars

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