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MacGruber (2010) – Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language, and some nudity.

Saturday Night Live is pretty persistent in making films out of skits even though they’ve yet to have much success.  The Blues Brothers can arguably be considered SNL’s best effort and that was their first film back in 1980.  And I would also put Wayne’s World at a VERY close second.  Sure we all have soft spots for Coneheads, Superstar, and even A Night At The Roxbury, but we’ve also seen the monstrosities It’s Pat and The Ladies Man.  With that said, I would put MacGruber safely in the middle.  It was completely hilarious but I also felt myself losing IQ points from all the brain-dead humor. 

For starters, Will Forte really knows how to put himself 110% into his role.  He wore the mullet wig, exposed his hairy chest and belly button, and even showed his hairy ass.  Multiple times.  But he spent about 90% of the film not doing what his character is known for in his skits: mocking MacGyver by making useful gadgets out of household items.  Not to say that this was a bad thing, though.  They did find time to make fun of many 80s action-comedies, however.  In a classic “getting the team together” montage, MacGruber manages to put together a team of “killer stoppers” to aid him in stopping the evil Dieter Von Cunth, played by Val Kilmer.  Val Kilmer is hilarious in this role and he plays the villain wonderfully.  And in classic MacGruber skit form, he blows them up to smithereens.  Because of this, MacGruber ends up with Lt. Dixon Piper and Vicki St. Elmo, played by Ryan Phillippe and Kristen Wiig.  Kristen Wiig really shines in this role and gives a really unforgettable performance. 

For a while I couldn’t figure out what year this film was set in because of the style of clothes MacGruber and Vicki St. Elmo wear.  And in a nod to classic 80s nostalgia, MacGruber is quite attached to his removable car stereo in his Miata.  I finally realized that the film is indeed set in 2009 as it is mentioned that characters believed MacGruber to be dead for 10 years, and his gravestone reads that he died in 1999.  Much of the humor comes from the did-they-or-didn’t-they bits when mentioning Von Cunth’s name, which sounds similar to a certain lady part; “It’s time to pound some Cunth!” and “Screw you, Cunth!” to name a few.  There’s also a random scene with unnecessary subtitles that I laughed so hard on.  I won’t ruin it by telling you what was said. 

In the end, you will laugh when you watch this movie.  Will you feel any smarter?  No.  Will you feel better about yourself?  No.  But you will laugh and that is what this film is trying to make you do.  Mission accomplished.  Filmtastic review = 4 stars.

  1. May 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Sometimes it’s okay to be lowbrow. Maybe I was just in the right mood, but this had me giggling consistently, with several outright guffaws. Included one of the funniest sex scenes I’ve ever seen. Good review, check out mine when you can!

  1. May 22, 2010 at 6:16 am

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