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.
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.
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.
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.