The opening scenes introduce our four middle-aged protagonists, who live in a Cincinnati suburb. They each find themselves frustrated with the pace of daily life and its lack of adventure. Doug Madsen (Tim Allen) is a dentist who has trouble relating to his son; Woody Stevens (John Travolta) is a successful lawyer with a supermodel wife in the process of a divorce; Bobby Davis (Martin Lawrence) is a henpecked plumber whose wife has made him return to work after having taken a year off to unsuccessfully write a book; and the unmarried Dudley Frank (William H. Macy) is a computer programmer who is afraid to talk to women. On weekends, they ride their Harley-Davidson motorcycles, pretending to be a biker gang called the Wild Hogs. To escape their boring routines, Woody suggests a road trip to California. Along the way, they have several comical moments until they have run-in with the Del Fuegos, a real biker gang headed by bad guy Jack (Ray Liotta). After accidentally causing the Del Fuegos’ roadhouse to burn down, the Wild Hogs flee only to end up out of gas in Madrid, New Mexico. There the townspeople mistake them for the Del Fuegos. After explaining who they are, our heroes learn that the Del Fuegos have been terrorizing the town for some time. The ineffectual sheriff (Stephen Tobolowsky) and his deputies are powerless to stop them. During their stay in Madrid, Dudley falls in love with Maggie (Marisa Tomei), the owner of Madrid’s diner. She in turn falls for him because of his honesty. The Del Fuegos show up and threaten to burn down Maggie’s diner unless the Hogs pay for the gang’s roadhouse. Dudley stands up to the bikers and is taken captive. The other three Hogs decide to take a stand to protect the diner but are repeatedly beaten down by the gang. Predictably, the previously acquiescent townspeople band together and confront the Del Fuegos. But before anything happens, Damien Blade—the founder of the Del Fuegos—arrives and orders the gang to back off. Blade (Peter Fonda) berates Jack for letting four “posers” hold off an entire gang. He orders the Del Fuegos to leave town and ride the open road until they remember what riding is really about! After Dudley promises Maggie that he will return, the Wild Hogs take off for the coast and the movie ends with them riding along the beach in Southern California. They are now four confident men at peace with their lots in life. Like so many contemporary movies, the movie does not end at its end: the end credits carry on several of the movie’s plot lines and the viewer is well advised to sit through them.
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