Excerpt: It’s amazing that Saturday Night Live continues to be able to spin off different characters into feature length movies. This has been pretty much a constant occurrence since The Blues Brothers graced the screen decades ago and it doesn’t really show any signs of letting up. For every flop, like It’s Pat, there’s a blockbuster like Wayne’s World, so evidently that’s enough to keep them coming. It was pretty surprising when a MacGruber movie was announced, however.
Excerpt: Maybe the source material for MacGruber was too far removed from people’s minds, or the SNL skits didn’t do enough to generate interest. It’s about the only logical reason why this ’80s parody flopped when it hit theaters. It’s stunning how MacGruber gets everything right, from the one-liner puns, to the cheesy villain complete with ponytail.
Conclusion: 'MacGruber' is a very uneven movie experience, but it has a few enjoyable moments. Personally, this is more of a catch-it-on-cable movie than something I would recommend as a rental or purchase despite the surprisingly strong Blu-ray video and audio. For those who decide to rent it or buy it, please be aware that this is not a family movie at all (not that it ever claimed to be, but it was marketed similarly to the more family friendly 'Get Smart').
Excerpt: Who is MacGruber? He is Will Forte, a pretty funny guy who came up with an amusing take-off on MacGyver for Saturday Night Live and turned it into a feature film. MacGruber is also the name of one of the country's most decorated soldiers, a man who can make homemade bombs out of tennis balls and can rip the throats of any passerby he sees.
Summary: Has the torch been passed to a new generation of Blu-ray reviewers? While watching MacGruber with my 11 year old son (yes, you're right, he shouldn't have been watching an R-rated film), he turned to me and asked, "Dad, have you ever noticed how action comedy movies usually aren't very funny or very. . . actiony ?" Despite the coining of a new word (a standard occurrence with this kid), I had to admit I agreed with the sentiment.
Excerpt: Former government agent MacGruber (Will Forte) returns to active duty when he learns his arch-enemy Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), the man who murdered his fiancée, has gotten his hands on a nuclear weapon, and MacGruber must assemble a crack team of experts to take him down. Easier said than done for the bumbling tech "expert.
Excerpt: Believe me, I was as skeptical as you were when Lorne Michaels decided that the first movie in a decade to be based on a Saturday Night Live character would be MacGruber , about a guy who's a one-note parody of MacGyver and whose main appeal is in blowing up at the end of every 90-second sketch. There's pretty much nothing in the MacGruber movie that resembles the character we saw on TV, but that's pretty much all for the better.
Excerpt: Spoofs these days often bear only a passing resemblance to the genres and films they’re spoofing. To cite a particularly egregious example, Epic Movie took on as parody fodder such exemplars of ambitious, expansive, big-scale filmmaking as Nacho Libre and Borat. Jorma Taccone and Will Forte’s MacGruber errs in the opposite direction.