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Wild Hogs

Year: 2007
Studio: Touchstone
Director: Walt Becker
Cast: John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H Macy, Marisa Tomei, Ray Liotta, Peter Fonda, M C Gainey, Stephen Tobolowsky
A sausage factory comedy with all the familiar elements in place as four friends feel the pinch of middle age and decide to take their only combined hobby extreme by going on a cross country on their Harleys.

Chucking their cell phones and cares away, they look forward to just being together with the road and each other.

Everything goes wrong as expected and the jokes are most of the broad 'little guys from the burbs out of his league' kind.

The four main characters are distinctive enough to hang the narrative onto, but the subplot of Ray Liotta as the boss of the fearsome bikie gang the guys cross in the worst way overstays its welcome, especially when it turns into the main story, filling in the climax and obligatory in-credits comic sequence.

With an in-joke to Easy Rider complete with a cameo by Peter Fonda and a marketable soundtrack of truckin', bikin' and road songs that's probably stuffed Disney's coffers even further, there are enough laughs to keep you amused.

And with critics everywhere bemoaning the huge box office of this film versus the failure of Grindhouse to make an appreciable dent, it's apparently keeping plenty of other non-discerning audience members amused as well.

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