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.
The previews make this film look like a hip comedy, with the male leads riding around on their motorcycles and discovering a little more about life along the way. It looks funny in the previews. Unfortunately, this film is not nearly as funny as it might appear on the surface. It does have a few funny moments, which is really its only positive quality.
From a family standpoint this film, rated PG-13, would have been rated R not that long ago. It has full rear male nudity in a few scenes, a lot of sexual innuendos and references, a character who is dishonest with his friends, and a “sow your wild oats” theme with the playing of the song “Highway to Hell.” It also has strong language.The film crosses our Dove line of acceptability in both the language and nudity categories as well as the other category since it includes a middle finger flipping off scene. We recommend you see “Bridge to Terabithia” or “Amazing Grace” with your family, two excellent movies which are showing right now.