The previews for this film looked absolutely horrid. I was embarrassed for the major stars in the picture. Travolta, Allen, Lawrence are extremely talented, that said however, theyíve also lured me into a flop before. Still, William H. Macy in the mix did draw my interest and make me re-think, just for a second before I decided not to go. So, I didn't screen this film.
Soon after that, I heard that this silly little film broke Disney box office records for March. What? This little film? Then, my parents wanted to see it. Before I knew it I was in the theatre with my sister, her husband and our parents. And you know what? Heck if we didn't all have a good time.
The opening scenes are a bit dicey and the ending isn't really all that punchy -- but the in betweens keep the laughs rolling smoothly. Itís well paced with plenty of fun stuff and no slow moments. It's the closest thing to "City Slickers" since, well "City Slickers II" -- both of which are excellent comedies! (If you haven't seen 'em -- rent Ďem!) That said, Hogs is not as good as City Slickers. Let me just make that clear. Slickers works the funny bones and on a deeper level as well. Hogs is quite content with just being a silly fun, good time. And though the climax isn't as powerful as I would have liked -- Hogs hosts a very fun kicker during the credits that helps make up for it.
Almost a family film, Hogs is mostly clean, but does get mildly racy here and there.
Btw, not that this film accurately displays the ride, but itís still a great thing to take a bike across the United States -- I did it coast to coast on a little 125. Itís a beautiful country with beautiful people.
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