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“MacGruber” bombs

Cover of "MacGruber"

Cover of MacGruber

Do you remember when “Saturday Night Live” (“SNL”) was good, on a regular basis?

I recently redboxedMacGruber” for some unknown reason and it was terrible.

One of my least favorite recurring characters to come out of “SNL” in recent years is MacGruber. It features Will Forte as poorman’s MacGuyver and inevitably gets himself blown up at the end of every five minute sketch. I don’t know who thought that making it longer was the missing ingredient to making it funny, but they were sorely mistaken.

In the movie, MacGruber is retired but is enlisted to stop his archnemisis Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer) from blowing up the world, or something like that. MacGruber rounds up his old team but when they’re accidently killed by one of MacGruber’s home-made bombs, he’s left with only Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) and Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe).

Some other things happen, Val Kilmer has a ponytail, MacGruber dresses Vicki up in really bad disguises (which I think is supposed to be the joke), and at one point he has sex with the ghost of his dead wife. All in all it’s just a mess of painfully unfunny crap.

It’s not a big surprise really. When you start with bad material you get a bad product. Besides, not many of the late-night sketch comedy show’s characters have made the successful leap from TV to the big screen. For every “Blues Brothers” there’s a “Superstar” and “Ladies Man.”

“MacGruber” made me feel sorry for Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer. Who knew that Batman was so desperate for work that he had to sign on for this?

But mostly, I just felt sorry for myself. While watching this movie I could feel the brain cells slowly evaporating. I want them back. I want my 90 minutes back. But most of all, I want my $1 back.

Betty White can save anything!




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