MacGruber

MacGruber: Silver screen spoof of TV’s most resourceful hero McGyver. For a Brit that has never seen McGyver or the SNL skits it comes across as an American equivalent of Austin Powers?? The range of humour isn’t very wide; all jokes are either gross-out or something built up then made to look stupid… which starts to wear a little thin by the end. It’s also potty, very potty, with constant sexual references and a couple of back-to-back romance scenes that rival the Team America one. Some gags – like the villain’s name ‘Cunth’ being repeated – get boring pretty fast. The cast all hit the right buttons with their humour & delivery, and the WWE cameos were pretty sweet, especially the Big Show, who was good game. Val Kilmer (ate all the pies!) plays a Seegal-looking villain, and while he’s alright, he doesn’t seem to care much. The whole retro spoof has been done before but this more watchable because it’s done with conviction – the clichéd dialogue/script in particular was my favourite aspect, executed brilliantly for the most part. The soundtrack’s fairly bland, just song after song but with no real purpose other than just being from the 1980s. While it’s not the most polished or sophisticated film in the world it is funny for the duration, totally quotable and has ‘cult comedy’ written all over it. One of the better comedies so far this year.

Score: 7/10

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  1. This movie didn’t do shite at the box office here. But I hear it was actually fun. Doesn’t sound like you were too fond but a 7 ain’t bad!
    If you want to see the SNL skits they’re probably on youtube and they’re only 20 seconds long. They’re skits they do to fill time before other skits.

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    • Let me rephrase… it didn’t sound like you were too fond until the end of your paragraph!

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      • It also hasn’t done well in the UK (down to nobody knowing MacGyver or SNL). I guess my review paints a more negative picture than it deserves but there’s only so many ways I can say “While it’s ridiculous, I fricking loved it” :)

        Will definitely be getting the DVD/Blu Ray when it hits the shelves.

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