Now available on DVD & Blu-Ray | Runtime: 90 min.
Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity.
This one was requested and since it was just released to DVD, I figured now was the time. Plus, there’s nothing coming out this week that I plan on seeing (shocking, I know!!) This one’s for you, Ann!
Based on the Saturday Night Live skit, MacGruber is pure spoof of the MacGyver series from the ’80s (really??! Twenty-five years ago??! First my son gets his drivers license and now this? Guess I need to pick up some Depends and Geritol on my way home from work!)
And much like (nearly) all SNL skits turned into full-length feature films, what’s funny for 3 minutes isn’t necessarily funny for an hour and a half! (Wayne’s World is one of the rare exceptions! Party on!)
MacGruber is spoofy to the nth degree. I mean, they really do nail it perfectly. However, it is an R-rated movie and they do all those things they can’t do on television. Over and over and over again. Lots of male nudity (though that is some of the really funny stuff. But also some of the really disturbing stuff.) Lots of f-bombs. And lots of… weirdness.
I am a little surprised (and a lot saddened) to see that Val Kilmer chose this as his return to movies. Val Val Val – what happened?! Where did the beach volley ball stud that I drooled over go? (Ok, so you could ask the same of me. Touche, IceMan!)
The movie basically is like a full episode of the original TV series (my apologies to Richard Dean Anderson!) but redone spoof-style. By 14 year old boys. It is raunchy, rude, crude, juvenile and totally crass. It makes Hot Tub Time Machine look sophisticated. If you can get past all that, it’s embarrassingly funny. I laughed. A lot. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a terrible movie. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t funny as hell! Personally, I loved the absurdity of it. These guys knew they were making a spoof and everyone played their part to the hilt!
My overall review: One of the worst movies ever made. Viewer Discretion is Advised!!! Also, if you have any discernible taste, avoid at all costs (obviously, I do not.)
Note: For whatever reason, this one isn’t available on Netflix until 10/5/2010. Sorry kids!
MacGruber movie website
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