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MacGruber (2010)

A 2010 comedy movie directed by Jorma Taccone.

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MacGruber is the funniest SNL film since Wayne's World

  • May 21, 2010
Rating:
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Written by Will Forte, John Soloman and Jorma Taccone
Directed by Jorma Taccone
Starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Philippe and Val Kilmer

MacGruber: There's a big difference between winging it and seeing what happens.
 
On “Saturday Night Live”, MACGRUBER, a throwback to the 1980’s television series, “MacGyver”, is played up every now and then as a skit where a hapless dope (played happily by Will Forte) has to diffuse some bomb in some dire scenario at the last second.  Of course, he never succeeds and is constantly blowing himself up but he still comes back kicking even harder the next time around.  Now that MACGRUBER is hitting the silver screen, he goes very big and I see no reason why he should have to go home again to that tiny little set.

Under the direction of “Saturday Night Live” regular director, Jorma Taccone, “MacGruber” is a film that is serious in its conviction to the complete buffoonery of its title character but not at all serious about anything else.  There is nothing believable about a failed explosives expert who hasn’t progressed in the least since the 80’s  but by taking his joke of a life seriously, MACGRUBER becomes real.  More importantly, MACGRUBER is really funny.  Forte is unflinching as MacGruber and that can’t be easy to do when you have to strut like a chicken with a piece of celery sticking out of your butt.  Honestly, doesn’t that one sentence alone make you want to run out and see this movie already?  What if told you Val Kilmer plays MacGruber’s arch nemesis, Dieter Von Cunth? It’s completely asinine, yes, but that’s what makes it funny.  Still not good enough?  Kristen Wiig!!  C'mon!

How long has it been since we last saw a “Saturday Night Live” inspired film that was actually watchable, let alone funny?  Like most "SNL" films, you would think MACGRUBER would blow up in its own face.   Just like the character himself though, MACGRUBER the movie has shown up at the last possible second to save the “SNL” films from oblivion and this time, he manages to make it out before the bomb blows everything in sight.

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October 14, 2010
Loved this flick, stupid funny for sure.
October 14, 2010
Yeah, not sure why people were so dismissive of it. It works well for what it is.
 
June 30, 2010
This sounds like a funny film. I often like the SNL skits, although I don't think they've always translated as well as I want on the big screen. Still, I've been impressed with what I've seen. Thanks for the review write-up!
 
May 21, 2010
Thanks. I read a couple of reviews that said the movie was awful and was reluctant to see it. I generally like the skit on SNL so I will probably check this movie out as well.
May 22, 2010
Lots of good stupid laughs .. sometimes that's all you need.
 
May 21, 2010
Yes! Thank you for this review! I was hoping that one of you guys would actually review this film since I doubt I'll have time to see it this weekend. This is good news, we all need a laugh! Thank you very much for sharing!
 
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review by . October 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Cue MacGyver Music....and Celery Jokes...
I am at some disadvantage here. I am not exactly a huge fan of the Saturday Night Live comedy show; but I have to admit I did like some of their ideas such as “Wayne‘s World” to name one. Movies based off the SNL skits are usually a miss more than a hit. I guess it would be a little too hard to expand on a subject originally only meant for a few minutes of entertainment. I am however, a big MacGyver fan and of the 80‘s action movies so I figured that perhaps I will like the …
review by . November 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
* 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 …
review by . May 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The best thing about the "MacGruber" skits on "Saturday Night Live" is that they end after a minute, no more than a minute and a half. The writers are smart; they know that no additional time is required for us to get the joke, for us to understand that it's a parody of "MacGyver." MacGruber finds himself locked in a control room with a bomb only seconds away from detonating. He relies on his assistants for comically mundane items to help disarm the bomb. He gets distracted by something irrelevant. …
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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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