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(2007), PG-13 [Hard R-13*] (1hr 36min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Touchstone Pictures, Tollin, Robbins Productions, Tollin/Robbins Productions
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures, Touchstone Pictures
Director(s): Walt Becker
Producer(s): Kristin Burr, Todd Lieberman, Brian Robbins, Amy Sayres, Sharla Sumpter, Michael Tollin
Written by: Brad Copeland
Cinematography/Camera: Robbie Greenberg
Music: Teddy Castellucci
Film Editing: Christopher Greenbury, Stuart H. Pappé
Casting: Anne McCarthy, Jay Scully
Production Design: Michael Corenblith
Art Direction: Gregory Van Horn
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Failing lawyer with a supermodel wife and soon-to-be-divorced Woody Stevens (John Travolta) is broke. He has nothing to lose. Dentist Doug Madsen (Tim Allen) has a life but nothing to write home about. His earlier days of devil-may-care excitement now haunt him. Plumber turned writer Bobby Davis (Martin Lawrence) has spent the year his wife permitted on his writing. Now she is making him go back to work with the Firm (plumbers). Middle aged computer geek Dudley Frank (William H. Macy) is still struggling to find a girl.
These four middle aged men find life increasingly boring and tedious. As friends for years, they have bonded to create the Wild Hogs motorcycle "gang." Each week they don their black leather outfits and ride into a world of fantasy freedom after imbibing brew in a bar operated by the biker, Paul (Paul Teutul, Sr. of American Chopper with token appearance by Paul Jr.). But that is not enough. Their "manhood" still evaporates day by day. Daily routines and midlife crises still eat away at them.
A light bulb lights up above Woody's head with an exclamation point next to it! Why not go for broke (Woody is anyway) and take a "Born to be Wild" adventure into the western sunset. All four of them. Together. From middle America, the troupe embarks to the Pacific coast on their quest to recapture the youthful zest of life.
Along the way as the Wild Hogs camp one night is the obligatory unnecessary launch of just about every possible form of verbal presentation of homosexuality by a predatory "gay" highway patrolman (John C. McGinley). And that is not all the Hogs see of the patrolman. Literally. And we are assaulted with the side opposite of what the boys see. And that is after being assaulted with the same side of Dudley. Both "sides" filling the 40-foot screen. Yuck! At least there is nothing frontal to it ... except in a trailer for another show which preceded Wild Hogs. It showed all sides of nude women being attacked in a motel room. Flash views but all sides nonetheless. Well! What do you expect. It's a PG-13. And it is okay with the "rule-making" MPAA that your 13 year olds see (and hear) this stuff. Well, let me tell you! It is not up to them. It is up to you, mom/dad. That is why we do what we do -- so you, mom/dad might be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a film is fit for your family.
Adventure abounds as the foursome meet a real biker gang, the Del Fuegos led by the hardest of the stereotypes of biker hoods, Jack (Ray Liotta). Jack falls in love with Dudley's bike and strikes up an extortion trade for a 1948 vintage bike. The only trouble with the trade is that the 1948 bike had no wheels nor much of anything else but the frame. Lucky to escape with their faces intact, the Wild Hogs settle for a side car attached to Woody's bike. Woody was not about to settle and returns on foot to the biker's bar, pulls the gas lines off the carburetors of all their bikes and returns with Dudley's bike. In the process of the Del Fuegos gathering to chase the Wild Hogs, a cigarette is dropped in the trails of gasoline and the bar burns down.
The Hogs take it on the lam and hole up in a quaint town celebrating with a chili cook-off. There Dudley meets the girl of his dreams, Maggie (Marisa Tomei). But soon the Del Fuegos find out where the Hogs are and hold the town as ransom until the Wild Hogs face off with them, about 12 to one.
But that is enough of spoiling the plot. Following are individual Investigation Area discussions of the content if there is not enough above to help you decide whether this hard R-13 is fit for your family.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The violence and criminal content of Wild Hogs consists mainly of beatings, extortion, threats and vandalism. Slapstick violence provides some relief from the hard violence. Though there is little blood, the talents of the thespians involved in the beatings make it all appear quite real. Real enough to give credence to the finding of four American public health agencies that viewing such violence in and as entertainment may lead the young to believe that violence is an effective way of settling conflicts or that violence is an acceptable behavior. (See Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit for more information.) [Prov. 16:29]
Seventy one uses of profanity in this 96 minute film. [2 Tim. 2:16, Prov. 22:11, Prov. 8:13, Col. 3:8] That is 47 per hour. Nearly once per minute. Is that what you want your 13 year olds to hear as entertainment? [Luke 17:2] An animated argument between a young lad and Woody didn't help the score. Lies and being asked to lie didn't help either. Programming like this emboldens the young to do likewise. [Matt. 25:40, Prov. 6:16...19] Facial piercing and a vulgar gesture top off the items of impudence/hate.
Sexual Immorality (S)
This film is rife with references to, comments about and innuendo about the practice of homosexuality. The highway patrolman expresses homosexual lust with his attempts to seduce the Wild Hogs into joining him in homosexual behaviors. [1 Cor. 6:9-10] Together with that programming, lewd innuendo about body parts and functions plus full rear male nudity repeatedly drained the starting 100 points in the Sexual Immorality investigation area. [Eph. 5:4, Mark 7:21...22]
Booze. Bar scenes. Drinking, Drunkenness. Smoking. They are all there. And that bothers me in view of the finding American College of Physicians that proves a direct link between alcohol (and tobacco) in and as entertainment and youthful drinking [Eph. 5:18]. The study found an undeniable, inarguable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.
Offense to God (O)
Seven times God's name in used in vain but without the four letter expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, using His name in a profane way is sinful. [Deut. 5:11] Divorce looms in the background.
None were noted. The threats to murder are incorporated in the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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