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Friday, 6th April, 2007 Posted by Beren @ 14:10:19

Last week I went and saw a movie that I really wasn’t expecting to catch at the cinemas, but some friends wanted to catch it, and so I went. The movie was Wild Hogs. My thoughts going in, and indeed when I first saw the trailer 6 months ago was “oh dear… what rubbish” and “I bet every funny line in the movie is in this trailer”. So as you can tell, I was well primed to not enjoy the movie. But, when walking out of the film I realised that I had just spent the previous 90 min smiling and laughing on a fairly regular basis. It was by no means a great movie, but it was a bit of fun.

The film is very reminiscent of City Slickers. You have the friends, in a mid-life crisis setting, heading out away from their big city lives. In wild hogs you have Martin Lawrence (plumber come wanna-be Writer), Tim Allen (dentist), John Travolta (deal maker) and Willam H Macy (programmer). I am really not a fan of John Travolta or Tim Allen, however I do enjoy Martin Lawrence and Willam H Macy in most things; so actor wise it was evenly poised. Willam H Macy was by far the best of the lot, but even the two whom I don’t normally enjoy watching did not irk me too greatly. The love interest is played very well by Marisa Tomei, and Ray Liotta also performs well as the token bad guy.

The movie is full of plenty of somewhat juvenile jokes and cliché moments, but that is really to be expected in such a film as this. The thing that was probably more surprising was the level of homosexual jokes that were spread throughout, often involving a gay highway patrolman that they stumble across several times in the film. But beyond those there are plenty of jokes relating the jobs and the somewhat ridiculousness of the trip and the situation they find themselves in. So while this is certainly not a movie any critic is going to rave about it is one that will make you smile at jokes you might normally not admit to smiling at, which in and of itself probably make it a good movie for a dvd night with friends. Especially if shown after a more substantial film.

From the Christian perspective, as I have already mentioned there is a fair amount of homosexual jokes in the film, along with some crude heterosexual ones too. This is probably the main downer for the film as there isn’t a great deal of swearing in the film, or violence beyond the expected slapstick in a film of its nature. If it had not been for the level of sexual related jokes it could have been a great movie for the whole family, but it results in one that isn’t for children.

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