May 23, 2010
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SNL based films rarely make any splash at the box office. The ideas usually succeed in the short form but can’t translate to the long form. Wisely, the team behind MacGruber decided to approach the film from another perspective. Only a small sequence reminds me of the original sketch at all.
Will Forte and Kristen Wiig return as their small screen counterparts. Throw in Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer, sprinkle in some WWE cameos and you’re ready to go. The movie starts with MacGruber being offered a new assignment. After some hesitation, he accepts. What follows is 90 minutes is a parody and send up of the whole action vigilant genre.
The jokes are quite deserving of the film’s rating and vice versa. Some of the jokes don’t hit their mark, but the ones that do really do. The cast seems to know their strengths and does a good job of staying to close to them. Ryan Phillippe continues to surprise me. He does an excellent job of being the straight man in this comedy action film. If the trailer appealed to you, so will the film. 3 out of 5 stars.