Reviewed by: Cathy Sirmans
|Featuring||John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, Tichina Arnold|
|Director||Walt Becker, Jack Gill|
|Producer||Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, Todd Lieberman, Amy Sayres|
“Four guys from the suburbs hit the road… and the road hit back. A lot can happen on the road to nowhere.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: A group of frustrated middle-aged biker wannabes hit the open road in search of adventure, only to encounter a real Hell’s Angels group. Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy hit the road in this rollicking comedy-adventure about a group of middle-aged friends who decide to rev up their routine suburban lives with a freewheeling motorcycle trip. Taking a long dreamed-of breather from their stressful jobs and family responsibilities, they can’t wait to feel the freedom of the open road. When this mis-matched foursome, who have grown far more used to the couch than the saddle, set out for this once-in-a-lifetime experience—they encounter a world that holds far more than they ever bargained for. The trip begins to challenge their wits and their luck, especially during a chance run-in with the Del Fuegos, a real-life biker gang who are less than amused with their novice approach. As they go looking for adventure, they soon find that they’ve embarked on a journey they will never forget.”
“Wild Hogs” is an extremely funny movie, with a hilarious cast who know how to make the audience laugh. I enjoyed most of the humor very much. This movie did not have much of a plot. Four grown men wanted to escape the routine of normal everyday life and take a road trip where they encountered trouble and unfortunate events that made it difficult to make their way home. The well known actors do an outstanding job of playing the roles they were given.
The decision a Christian has to make in viewing this film is whether or not it is worth sacrificing an hour and 45 minutes of bad language, nudity, and crude sexual humor for an hour and 45 minutes of constant laughter.
Early in the movie there was a scene of complete disrespect for parental authority that made my skin crawl. Profanity was throughout the movie and about every other word at times. The words used were common profanity words, but were used fairly often. I did not hear the f-word used at all. There were several references to gay relationships and at times crude humor dealing with gay sex. There was one scene that showed 5 or 6 shots of rear male nudity. The humor at one point was all sexually related, but for the most part the humor was centered around other things. Toward the end of the movie there were several pictures of women in very small, thong, bikinis at the beach.
The sad thing to me about this movie is that it would have been just as funny without the language, sexual humor, and nudity. As a Christian, I was completely embarrassed at some points during the movie; on the other hand, at times I laughed until I cried. It is this type of movie that I believe Hollywood uses to soften our standards as Christians. This movie is a true test of a Christian’s tolerance of today’s secular world. It is very possible as a Christian, to sit through this movie and laugh hysterically while overlooking the inappropriate parts. The question is, is it worth it to allow these types of compromising behaviors to be embedded in our minds?
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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