MacGruber, a movie based on the Saturday Night Live skit about a handy soldier who is constantly fighting against the clock to stop an imminent explosion was recently released to blu-ray and DVD on September 7. The skits often featured guest stars such as Betty White, Shia LeBoeuf, Charles Barkley, and the original McGyver, Richard Dean Anderson. While the movie is just a prolonged version of the Saturday Night Live short, it is great for hardcore followers of MacGruber. However, the movie may seem very simplistic and just not funny for people looking for a more serious comedy.
MacGruber was released to theaters on May 21, 2010, and it only grossed eight million dollars and for good reasons. The movie had a few good laughs here and there, but while trying to be serious, the movie detracts from the whole reason as to why anyone wanted to see the movie in the first place – to laugh and to see things go boom. MacGruber attempts to get shock laughs with certain amounts of profanity, thus the “R” rating. The movie could have easily been PG-13 if it was not for the elements of profanity.
At most, I would say that this movie is a rent before you buy. The movie is only one and a half hours, so it does not burn too much time. It is still an Saturday Night Live-themed movie to add to that collection. Will Forte plays MacGruber, offering his share of laughs, while he is aided by his sidekicks Kristin Wiig (Vicki St. Elmo) and Ryan Phillippe (Lt. Dixon Piper). MacGruber is trying to stop Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer) from destroying Washington, D.C. with an atomic bomb. One thing to remember after watching MacGruber is, “Cool guys don’t look at explosions.” Overall, MacGruber is worth at least one watch with a large group of friends.