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MacGruber (2010)

A 2010 comedy movie directed by Jorma Taccone.

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The Reason why SNL now sucks has officially been revealed...

  • Nov 11, 2010
* out of ****

I'm not the biggest fan of SNL, but I enjoyed "Wayne's World". And I assume that there are various other sketch-based full-length SNL features that I will enjoy. But "MacGruber" is not one of them. This is possibly one of the worst movies of the year; a completely unfunny farce that thinks it has the power to be both cool and creative. I freely admit that it looked childish and unfunny from the trailer, and I should have heeded the warning. This is a film with so many flaws that it is unforgivable and works as far as this year in cinema-suckage goes. The film wants you to laugh when the humor is consistently forced and annoyingly dull. I just can't get around it. Anyways, "MacGruber" is one of the worst movies of the year because the worst movies are the ones that fail to fit both their genre and their promises. This is an action comedy without any sort of interesting action of funny comedy. It's a film without purpose, reason, or even laughs. I hate it. I hate, hate, hate it. Films like this exist to suck, they really do. If I'm supposed to like "MacGruber" for its stupidity then the movie has officially failed to convince me that it was silly in a particularly good way. Sure, it's brutal and vulgar, but it's also pointless and devoid of any actual humor. On the bright side, it doesn't look bad visually, but that's not a big up-side when everything else has been brought to hell by a lack of talent both in front of and behind the camera. I mean, seriously. This has been done before, and by this I mean: action comedy which intentionally has a lot of faux emotion and brutal violence. "Hot Fuzz" mastered all of that perfectly while "MacGruber" abuses the gifts which is was born with. It uses all its "skills" to its disadvantage. And that, my friends, is just plain sad. If you want a smart, violent, funny, and witty action comedy, then see "Kick-Ass". But please do me a favor and leave this movie alone. It'll be worth your while if you don't give this movie your precious time. I kid you not.

The film opens with Dieter Von Cunth stealing a missile in the Dzhugdzhur Mountains. This causes panic with the U.S. Navy Seals; causing Col. Jim Faith to round up his most prized weapon: a man named MacGruber. MacGruber was once a killing machine but now finds his home to be with the Ecuadorians. Col. Jim Faith and Lt. Dixon Piper have come to relieve MacGruber of his misery, although he insists that his home is with the people. After much consideration and...grieving, MacGruber has a change of heart and is on the job; rounding up a team of other killing machines like himself. But after every single one is blown to smithereens in an explosion, MacGruber must settle for his own team of three. Alone with his team, MacGruber sets out to stop Cunth from unleashing the missile into the world; to prevent us from sure destruction. There's a lot of gunfights, a lot of blood; a lot of profanity, and a lot of unfunny attempts at humor. The film plays out like some sort of comedy sketch, as it deliberately tries to humor us with stuff that to some seriously immature people could be funny, but otherwise it would all fall flat. To me, it DEFINITELY falls flat, and hard. "MacGruber" could have been a pretty funny movie although it ends up being bland, tasteless, unfunny, and lame. Films like these don't need incredible plots, but if they say that they're going to be funny, then they need to be funny. "MacGruber's" biggest sin is ultimately failing to deliver on its promises.

I do not think that Will Forte is a terribly funny guy. He makes faces and tries to act super-cool, for he was essentially made for both of those things. But what he fails to do it summon up actual humor with his over-the-top performance. It's meant to be endearing in its own little way, but Forte fails to make the audience admire his character any more or any less. Kristen Wiig branches out the slightest bit, which is good, but she's not playing a likable or funny character. Nobody is. Not even the talented Val Kilmer, who I have seen pull of good performances in his past films. This is not amongst those movies. I guess Powers Boothe wasn't that bad, but he didn't fit in well with the other completely suck-happy actors. What a damn shame.

"MacGruber" is like every film to release this year; it looks good. It looks really good. But that's not an achievement but more-so a sign that it simply meets the MINIMUM requirements when it comes to visual style. Otherwise, the cinematography is not flashy at all and there's nothing "creative" about it. But "MacGruber" isn't about visual power, right? It's about humor. Oh, wait. It's not funny! "MacGruber" never looked funny, and I never liked the sketches. SNL has become an orgy of unfunny suck; a showcase for talented actors who simply want to act stupid on-stage. "MacGruber" is based upon an SNL sketch, and I understand why they felt a need to adapt it into a movie, but I can't see how its silliness backfired on itself. Movies like "Wayne's World" are entertaining but goofy. So why can't "MacGruber" be the same? I guess it's a lack of actual humor and the film mistakes lameness for ambition. That's messed up. That shouldn't even happen with movies like this. It's a sad, sad thing to see a good movie, because "MacGruber" should have by all means been a good movie, go up in flames. Some points however go to the film's soundtrack, which wasn't half bad. No rap; no musical crap. Thank god.

In the end, I cannot forgive "MacGruber" for being the unfunny movie that it is. I greatly recommend you avoid it for it demonstrates the complete opposite of humor. In fact, it made me sad. It made me sad for its own stupidity, since I was really hoping that it would at least be decent. No luck. I do imagine that those fond of its silliness will forgive it and let it take them for a wild ride, but I'm not willing to reserve a seat. I already took a ride, and it failed to impress. I'm not coming back for more. It may be action packed, but it's also unfunny and lame. Take all that into consideration and try saying that it's a film of actual humor or status. I cannot imagine why one would choose to have fun with a movie so arrogant; so juvenile. Oh, wait. I know why. Because there is a reason why SNL kept going after it began to suck: because people still watch this crap whether it's particularly good or not. What really bothers me is that people actually think its funny, which it isn't. Believe me, forget about even seeing this abomination.

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November 16, 2010
I did not like this one at all....nice review!
November 16, 2010
You gave it +2.....
November 16, 2010
yeah, But I go with a 1-5 rating here and I don't use the negative ratings unless it is about a tyrant, despot, bad political idea or racism--you get the idea. Movies are made for entertainment so they stay within the + range
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  • Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that's been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth, MacGruber figures he's the only one tough enough for the job. Assembling an elite team of experts--Lt. Dixon Piper and Vicki St. Elmo--MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber. -fandango.com

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  • No comic explosion, but not quite a dud, noWayne's World, but notThe Ladies Maneither,MacGruberdoes manage to pull off the seemingly impossible mission of expanding a 90-second one-jokeSaturday Night Livesketch into a feature film. What's next: "Toonces the Cat Who Could Drive a Car"? In thoseMacGrubersketches, Will Forte's mullet-maned hero "makes life-saving inventions out of household materials" but always gets sidetracked as the bomb he's defusing ticks down to its last 20 seconds. Blown up for the big screen,MacGruberfinds a bigger payoff ...
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Director: Jorma Taccone
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 21, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
Runtime: 95 minutes
Studio: Rogue Pictures
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