Four guys from the city realize they are getting on in years and decide to go on a cross country road trip on their motorcycles. Hilarity Ensues
. Movie stars John Travolta
as Woody, Martin Lawrence
as Bobby, Tim Allen
as Doug, and William H. Macy as Dudley. The film also stars Ray Liotta, Stephen Tobolowsky
, and Marisa Tomei.
Tropes that apply to Wild Hogs include:
- All Deserts Have Cacti: Averted. The desert that the four main characters get stranded in didn't have any, much to Bobby's frustration, as he's experiencing dehydration.
- Badass Biker: Arguably all four of the main characters are this by the end of the movie.
- The Cavalry: Damien Blade
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander : John Travolta's character is deep in denial about the disastrous collapse of his business and marriage, and goes on to be the main catalyst for the pursuit by the Del Fuegos which forms much of the film
- Cool Hat - Dudley's WW2 tank helmet, although subverted by one of the other characters referring to it as a "leather condom"
- Five-Man Band
- Henpecked Husband: Bobby, at least at first.
- Horrible Camping Trip Turned Up to Eleven when they manage to burn their tent and get harassed by a gay cop as a result.
- Misplaced-Names Poster
- Mistaken for Gay: Every time the bike cop appears. It doesn't help that whenever he spots or overhears our heroes, they tend to be discussing such matters as "being ridden so hard by Woody" or taking naked baths together, as seen here.
- Product Placement: Dudley gets a Mac Apple logo tattooed onto his arm. He is very proud of the tattoo's invulnerability to copyright.
- Shout-Out - lots of these, but especially to Easy Rider - throwing away the cell phone at the start, the whole "bathing in the hot springs" scene, Peter Fonda's cameo near the end. Dudley's tanker helmet could be one of these to Jack Nicholson's football helmet. Some of the riding scenes near the end. Also John Travolta's character trying to teach Dudley to dance.
- "How does that feel Woody?"
- Stuff Blowing Up: A whole biker bar, at that.
- Took a Level in Badass: All four of them.
- Wannabe Diss: First, by the villainous biker gang towards the Wild Hogs, because they're a bunch of middle-aged guys who just do this for fun instead of terrorizing people. Then, by the villains' hero to the villains, because four middle-aged guys who bike for the sake of biking are standing up to a whole horde of guys in their prime.