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Wild Hogs (12A)
Directed by: Walt Becker
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

If you've seen the trailer for Wild Hogs, you probably thought one of two things. Either "that looks quite funny", or "that looks like another substandard generic comedy", and if you're anything like me, you probably thought the latter. After all, I think we've established in this column that most comedy films released these days are about as funny as a Des O'Connor showcase. This time, however, I thought the trailer showed some promise and I decided to give it a whirl.

William H. Macy should do more comedy
William H. Macy should do more comedy

The story follows four middle-aged friends who are feeling a bit disgruntled and are, for one reason or another, in need of a break. They enjoy riding their enormous Harley-Davidsons to their local bar and back once a week, but they are missing out on the feeling of the open road – riding all day with no destination in mind. So they take a much needed vacation and set out on a road trip, away from their jobs and families.

It doesn't sound like the greatest comedy premise, I'll admit, but the film makes up for that with funny dialogue and some great slapstick. I would say that when it comes to the sheer number of people who get hit in the face, this one is on a par with Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. The difference is that this film is funny and a good example of how to do physical comedy. The jokes are frequent throughout, and the film as a whole is just very light-hearted and enjoyable.

Wild Hogs features a surprisingly strong cast for a fairly low key comedy, with Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and Tim Allen all putting in solid comedic performances, but still being outshone by John Travolta. Ray Liotta, John C. McGinley and Marisa Tomei make up the numbers of the supporting cast and I think it's a credit to the strong script that so many good actors signed up to appear in this film.

So if you're after a bit of family fun and light-hearted entertainment, I can definitely recommend Wild Hogs. It's not going to win any awards or make any waves, but sometimes it's enough to be a good example of something average.

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Length: 100 minutes
Certificate: 12A
Official Site: http://wildhogs.movies.go.com/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486946/
Release Date: 13th April 2007

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