MacGruber (2010)

I must confess, I only had a passing knowledge of the “Saturday Night Live” Will Forte-acted character MacGruber before seeing the movie the first time.  And even though I just watched it for the second time – and enjoyed it enough – I’m not going to do anymore research into the character.  Normally, these “SNL” character movies are one-note jokes that wear out their welcome quickly into their 90-minute running time.  In the case of MacGruber, I wouldn’t want to watch a sanitized version of it because – honestly – so much of the humour in it is derived from the crassness and filth.

So, basically MacGruber (Forte) is ACTION FILM HERO GUY version of MacGyver, except absolutely stupid and clueless.  But charming in a way that Richard Dean Anderson with a mullet never was.  Search your feelings, you know it to be true.  This movie sees Colonel Jim Faith (Powers Boothe) recruiting MacGruber from a monastery to get MacG to save the world from the evil rich person, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer).  After MacG’s original hand-picked team (all WWE wrestlers: Kane, Mark Henry, MVP, Great Khali and Chris Jericho; Big Show’s character was gay so he was not recruited) is accidentally blown up by MacG himself, MacG brings back his old friend Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) and young soldier boy, Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillipe) to help take down Cunth.

Yup.  The villain is named Cunth.  MacGruber is that kind of sledgehammer subtle comedy.  Balls to the wall.  It’s absolutely ridiculous, and well, I enjoyed it.  Kilmer chews enough scenery to justify his bloated body, Forte is perfect as the worldly and insecure MacGruber.  Kristen Wiig is just wonderful, and I don’t know how Chris Jericho hasn’t gotten another movie role after his performance here.  Solid completely and totally R-rated comedy.

3.5 / 5

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Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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