Thursday, September 16, 2010

MacGruber - DVD Review


Starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Philippe, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph and Chris Jericho.
Directed by Jorma Taccone.

MacGruber is a one-note character, and this is a one-note movie. How many "homage to the 1980's movie cliches" movies do we really need? It started in 1993 with The Last Action Hero and they keep coming. I just saw Cop Out earlier this month. Enough! I imagine the inevitable Seltzer-Friedberg "Eighties Movie" is next.

Will Forte, one of the more versatile players on SNL (who also announced he won't be back this fall), plays MacGruber, a man really good at taking down bad guys. Actually he's terrible at it; he tends to accidentally get people killed and by sheer luck gets the job done. When arms dealer Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer) re-emerges, the rumored-to-be-dead MacGruber is pulled out of retirement to help bring him down.

The movie does have some laughs, which makes it better than Cop Out, and I enjoyed some of the straight-man reactions of Kilmer and new-recruit Ryan Phillippe to the beyond-clueless MacGruber. But yeah, it's 30 minutes of ideas stretched out to fill up movie space.

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