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MacGruberCinema Monolith: 0/10 Film Reel
IMDb: 5.3/10
The Arizona Republic: ** out of 5

Released on May 21, 2010
Rated R
90 minutes

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)


2 comments on “MacGruber

  1. Popcorn Nights

    I’ve not seen this, but have half a mind to at one point, just to see for myself how bad it really is (not that I doubt your review here!). I know it’s an hour and a half I’ll never get back, but it’s healthy to throw something that stinks this bad onto the TV every now and again.


    • Todd Benefiel

      I’m a big fan of watching bad cinema, but sometimes a bad film is quite atrocious in too many bothersome ways, and thus becomes not very much fun. I could watch Plan 9 from Outer Space or Twisted Brain a million times each, yet I could die happy having never watched MacGruber again.

      So view with caution…although some people found MacGruber to be a laugh riot. You be the judge, and get back to me with your findings!


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