Film / Wild Hogs

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Wild Hogs is a 2007 comedy film directed by Walt Becker and released by Disney's Touchstone Pictures division. The film stars Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei, Jill Hennessy and Ray Liotta (Stephen Tobolowsky, Henry Fonda and Ty Pennington also make appearances in the film).

The film is about a group of four men who pose as a biker gang called the "Wild Hogs". Doug Madsen (Allen) is a dentist who has trouble relating to his son Billy (Dominic Janes), Woody Stephens (Travolta) is a rich lawyer married to a supermodel, Bobby (Lawrence) is a plumber who was forced return to work after having taken a year off to unsuccessfully write a book, and Dudley is a single clumsy computer programmer who gets distracted by woman but is unable to talk to them. When Woody learns that his wife is divorcing him and that his lawyer practice is collapsing, he decides to plan a cross country road trip with his friends to California. On their trip, Hilarity Ensues and they eventually run afoul of a rival gang, the Del Fuegos.


Wild Hogs contains examples of:

  • Adorkable: Dudley, a bumbling Ned Flanders-like guy.
  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Subverted and played straight, where the titular group are all middle-aged urbanites who're riding to get away from their boring lives. They get into trouble with the Del Fuegos, who consider themselves "actual bikers" and are a stand-in for the Hells Angels.
  • 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.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Bobby, Doug, Dudley ask Woody about what he did to the Del Fuegos while in Madrid, which leads to Woody telling them that he cut their bikes' fuel lines and ended up destroying their bar.
  • Badass Biker: Arguably all four of the main characters are this by the end of the movie.
  • Becoming the Mask: By the opening of the film, Bobby, Doug, Dudley and Woody pose as the Wild Hogs. They eventually become real bikers by the end of the film.
  • Bookends: The film opens with Dudley crashing into a real estate sign and by the end of the film, his friends crash into a surfboard.
  • Butt Monkey: Dudley is never safe from the world's abuse. Examples include crashing his bike into a sign or pole, accidentally throwing the wrench out of Maggie's diner to the amusement of the Del Fuegos, etc.
  • The Cavalry: Damien Blade arrives to stop the Del Fuegos from fighting the Wild Hogs at the end of the film.
  • 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"
  • Comically Missing the Point: A character complaining about his beer calls it "warm piss", and his buddy chimes in saying they need cold piss.
  • Determinator: No matter how many times the Del Fuegos knock them down, the Wild Hogs refuse to back down.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Dudley gets distracted whenever he sees a beautiful girl.
  • Flipping the Bird: Woody does this to the Del Fuegos after Woody retrieves Dudley's motorcycles.
  • Henpecked Husband: Bobby gets pushed around by her wife Karen, at least at first.
  • Horrible Camping Trip Taken Up to Eleven when they manage to burn their tent and get harassed by a gay cop as a result.
  • How We Got Here: The opening depicts the four men riding their bikes and how they got there in each segment (Doug, Bobby, Dudley and then Woody).
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: The sheriff mentions that he was certified in law enforcement by a online course. The course's weapons training informed the applicant to "play Doom".
  • The Klutz: Dudley can be clumsy, especially when he crashes his bike.
  • Loser Protagonist:
    • Bobby is plumber at The Firm, his wife Karen calls the shots, and one of his clients even point out that plumbing is not the right job for him.
    • As for Woody, he is bankrupt and his wife has divorced him.
  • Meaningful Name: "Del Fuegos" is Spanish for the phrase "The Fires".
  • 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Woody regrets his actions after realizing that he caused the destruction of the Del Fuegos' bar.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Woody ends up destroying the Del Fuegos' bar while retrieving Dudley's bike, which leads to the biker gang chasing after the Wild Hogs.
  • No Indoor Voice: Jack speaks in a loud and exuberant voice, especially when he gets excited.
  • Official Couple: Dudley eventually gets together with Maggie when he and his friends end up in Madrid, New Mexico.
  • Product Placement: Dudley gets a Mac Apple logo tattooed onto his arm. He is very proud of the tattoo's invulnerability to copyright.
  • Riches to Rags: Woody loses all of his fortune when his wife divorces him at the beginning of the film.
  • Road Trip Plot: The plot of the film involves Woody, Dudley, Bobby and Doug going on a field trip from Cincinnati to California.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After revealing the real reason why the Wild Hogs left Cincinnati, Woody decides to leave the group, but it doesn't last long.
  • Shout-Out: There are a 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 gets destroyed thanks to Woody.
  • Token Minority: Bobby is the only African-American in the Wild Hogs.
  • Took a Level in Badass: All four of them.
  • Wannabe Diss: First, by the villainous biker gang Del Fuegos 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Bobby, Dudley and Doug call out Woody for his actions in stealing their bikes and why they are going on the trip to California.
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