MacGruber is a feature length adapation of the Saturday Night Live bit featuring Will Forte as MacGruber, a thinly veiled parody of a certain retro TV show. When MacGruber's nemesis, Dieter von C*nth (Val Kilmer - Heat
) steals a nuclear warhead from an ex-soviet bloc country, the US Army call in their number one guy to deal with the problem. MacGruber must ditch his life of peace at an Equadorian Monastery and reassemble his old team in order to stop the evil C*nth (pronounced as you might expect...) and finally avenge his wife's death. MacGruber runs around solving any situation with his assortment of household items and his ability to combine them in some sort of lethal manner, couple this with a natural propensity for "ripping throats" and you have yourself one deadly super-agent.
Ryan Phillipe (Crash
) plays the straight guy to Forte's bumbling idiot and provides the institutional rigor for MacGruber to rebel against but is largely wasted in this kind of role. Kristen Wiig (Knocked Up
) plays Vicki St. Elmo, our hero's love interest, bringing a lot of humour to the role with her insecure mannerisms and unfaltering obedience to MacGruber's idiotic schemes which, for some reason, generally involve her dressing up as MacGruber himself or some other guy. Val Kilmer plays a solid bad guy but the role is really a cardboard cut out.
The one thing I feel compelled to tell you before you part with your hard-earned cash; is that there are startling comparisons between this and Team America
, I mean some of the jokes are nearly word-for-word; especially MacGruber offering his 'services' when begging his superiors to get what he wants. Funny nonetheless. MacGruber is awash with expletives so if you have an aversion to that kind of humour then it's probably best to give this a miss, if however you are totally fine with more instances of the F-word than there are other words in a given sentence then this film is definitely for you.
This film is very much like some of the all-time great spoof films with a style of humour very reminiscent of Hot Shots & Airplane. I think this just could be one of the under-promoted & underrated classic comedy films of the future.
Recommended for a hilarious and entertaining action film that doesn't take itself seriously and won't expect you to either.