Matt Dillon joins the ‘Wild Hogs’ generation

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It still defies all logic that “Wild Hogs” did well at the box office. As Entertainment Weekly summed it up back in March, despite critics “best efforts to warn audiences away, Disney’s suburban-doofuses- on-Harleys comedy roared into theaters last weekend with a stronger-than-expected $39.7 million, leaving the much-lauded Zodiac to eat its dust.”

What isn’t all that surprising, though, is that that after that success Disney would now greenlight any and all movies targeting (a) baby boomers, (b) middle America, or (c) motorcycle enthusiasts. Enter “Old Dogs.” Starring John Travolta (again), the movie will be about a divorced father of 6-year-old twins who need to take care of his kids for a few weeks with his womanizing best friend (Robin Williams). For some inexplicable reason, Mamaroneck native Matt Dillon has also been thrown into the middle-aged mix, playing the ultraconservative role of the head of the twins’ summer camp. And here I was thinking that whole “Herbie: Fully Loaded” sellout phase was a fluke. Ahh, somebody please get that man a Harley.

“Matt Dillon Joins ‘Old Dogs'” [Cinematical]

Ted Mann

Ted Mann aspires to join Stephen Baldwin’s Breakthrough Ministry, more commonly known as “skateboarding for the savior." Before becoming a Senior Editor at InTown, he worked at The Atlantic Monthly, the Philadelphia City Paper, and the University of Pennsylvania Press. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Press, and The Pennsylvania Gazette.