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Released on May 21, 2010
Directed by Jorma Taccone
Written by Will Forte, John Solomon, and Jorma Taccone
Cast: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph, Chris Irvine, Rhys Coiro, Tim Murphy, Chris Jericho, Kevin Skousen, Amar’e Stoudemire
Before suffering through this film during its theatrical run, I’d only recently been introduced to the MacGruber skits from Saturday Night Live, and had never in my life seen an episode of MacGyver, the secret agent television series it was spoofing, so I wasn’t sure if mine was the right mindset to accurately critique this so-called ‘action-comedy’. But trust me, in the long run, it didn’t matter; whether friend or foe of the source material, I’m certain everyone would agree that the big-screen MacGruber was a monstrous pile of shit.
Okay, I’ll admit, I chuckled a few times at the infrequent Airplane!-like jokes and asides, most of which were throwaways (and which maybe—maybe—should have earned this a slightly higher rating), but everything else rampantly ignored what to me defined smart and common sense filmmaking. And though it was sometimes fun to watch co-stars Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe—and even bad guy Val Kilmer—respond seriously to the outright witless actions of the title character, played by Will Forte, these moments were obliterated by the character’s (and screenwriters’) boundless ability to miss the point entirely.
What bothered me most, however, was the film’s off-the-radar level of crudity, which when I’d first seen this had me squirming in my seat with embarrassment, in a theater where I was the only person in attendance. Is this what comedies have become? Lowest-common-denominator entertainment for current-day movie audiences, who consider thinking as hard work? I truly hope not, because if it is, you can include me out. Simply put, MacGruber was juvenile and stupid, and deserves no more discourse from me. (0/10)