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DVD Review: MacGruber

19 September 2010 8:21 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

MacGruber

Stars: Will Forte, Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, Powers Boothe | Written by Will Forte, John Solomon, Jorma Taccone | Directed by Jorma Taccone

Former special operative MacGruber has spent the past 10 years in hiding, having sworn off a life of crime fighting following the death of his fiancee. But when MacGruber’s former commanding officer (Boothe) approaches him with news that his sworn enemy Dieter Von Cunth (Kilmer) has stolen a nuclear warhead, MacGruber comes out of retirement to take on one last job.

Of course MacGruber can’t work alone, so he assembles a team of experts – whom he accidentally kills – then assembles a second team that includes Lt. Dixon Piper (Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Wiig) with plans to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. Even if it does involve some rather unorthodox methods, ridiculous disguises, and lots of witty one-liners!

Let me start this »

- Phil

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Film review: MacGruber

17 June 2010 3:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This Saturday Night Live spin-off ends up a limp parody of the TV show MacGyver, writes Andrew Pulver

Only the merest hint of amusement is to be found in this uninspired latest effusion from the conveyor belt that is Saturday Night Live – the Us TV show that has given us The Blues Brothers and Wayne's World, but also Stuart Saves His Family and The Ladies Man. This is basically a parody of another TV show: MacGyver, the 1980s action series made legendary by Marge Simpson's sisters' obsession. There's a modish retro flavour to proceedings, with SNL-er Will Forte donning a feather-cut mullet and removing his detachable stereo every time he gets out of his car. But after a few promising opening gags, inspiration soon begins to fizzle out; the film ends up looking less smart than the material it's supposed to be parodying.

Rating: 2/5

ComedyAction and adventureAndrew Pulver

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- Andrew Pulver

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Lean times for 'SNL' king Lorne Michaels

13 June 2010 7:06 AM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

Lorne Michaels, the king of "Saturday Night Live" for the past four decades, is getting a tarnished crown. While Michaels is widely revered as a genius -- he discovered Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell and Tracy Morgan -- critics say the show peaked in the last century. And Michaels -- whose NBC »

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MacGruber shows that Saturday Night Live sketches don't make great movies

11 June 2010 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Blues Brothers and Wayne's World were blips. Comedy troupe's MacGyver spoof should have stayed on the small screen

I've written before about the comedy machine that is NBC's sketch show Saturday Night Live, and I wouldn't change a word I've put down about how the SNL machine pumps out talented comic writers and performers like no other outlet in American showbiz: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Christopher Guest, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Phil Hartman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Will Ferrell, Al Franken, plus Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. The show has put an ineradicable comic stamp on American life for 35 years now, with buzzwords and catchphrases entering the lexicon pretty much first thing Monday morning at watercoolers and office cubicles across the nation. It's a machine, a monolith, a comedy-volcano that's rarely dormant.

The SNL spin-off movies, however? Whole different story. »

- John Patterson

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Is It Time To Shut The Door On Films Based On “Saturday Night Live” Characters?

28 May 2010 1:59 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The Blues Brothers – $27 million budget; $115.2 million box office; 84% rating

Wayne’s World – $20 million budget; $183 million box office; 83% rating

Wayne’s World 2 – $40 million budget; $48,197,805 box office; 59% rating

Coneheads Unknown budget; $21,274,717 box office; 27% rating

It’s Pat – Unknown budget; $60,822 box office; 0% rating

Stuart Saves His Family – $15 million budget; $912,082 box office; 29% rating

A Night at the Roxbury – $17 million budget; $30,331,165 box office; 10% rating

Blues Brothers 2000 – $28 million budget; $14,051,384 box office; 45% rating

Superstar - $14 million budget; $34,636,478 box office; 33% rating

The Ladies Man – $24 million budget; $13.7 million box office; 11% rating

MacGruber - $10 million budget; $5.6 million to date (still in theatres); 56% rating

I’m sure you can all see where I’m going with this. The box office totals are worldwide totals by the way, not just domestic (courtesy of Boxofficemojo.com). The ratings come from RottenTomatoes.com.

Other than the first 2, really – The Blues Brothers and Wayne’s World – films based on Saturday Night Live characters/sketches have been, »

- Tambay

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'MacGruber' Fails to Defuse Bomb

27 May 2010 1:02 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

To a startling degree, audiences either rejected or were indifferent to MacGruber, the latest Saturday Night Live adaptation. Despite a boatload of promotion (particularly on SNL home NBC), MacGruber mustered just $4 million on its opening weekend at 2,551 theaters. MacGruber's start ranks as the worst-to-date for 2010 among 1,000-theater-plus launches. It's also the ninth worst start ever for a picture playing at more than 2,500 sites. The news is even worse in terms of estimated attendance. On that front, MacGruber had the third poorest 2,500-plus site debut, behind only The Rocker and Lucky You. The key reason for MacGruber's failure may have been an inability to transcend the rote one-joke nature of its source material. Like most recurring SNL sketches, the show's MacGruber interstitials repeat the same gag of the MacGyver-like main character being distracted from defusing a bomb that's about to explode over and over again. People who have been exposed to »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Is 'MacGruber' the last 'Saturday Night Live' movie?

25 May 2010 10:38 AM, PDT | EW.com - The Movie Critics | See recent EW.com - The Movie Critics news »

You knew that the blood was on the floor the moment the critics, like Lisa, took out the long knives and began to slash away. Yet even given the worst. dumb. movie. ever. spitballs that were hurled at it, the box office returns for MacGruber had to be scary, and a bit of a shock, even for those who avidly follow the genre it belongs to: the bad Saturday Night Live movie. Now, I’m tempted to say that “bad Saturday Night Live movie” is a perfectly redundant phrase. I mean, just let your mind drift back over all the Lorne Michaels-mentored, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe Interview: MacGruber stars on Clown Girl, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Bridesmaids

23 May 2010 6:09 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Without question, MacGruber had an extremely disappointing weekend.  Box office projections of $4.1 million make it the lowest grossing opening ever on a wide release for a film inspired by an SNL skit (It’s Pat and Stuart Saves His Family were both limited releases).  However, two of its stars, Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe, have plenty of other projects on the way that they updated us on this week (Bridesmaids, The Stanford Prison Experiment, Clown GirlNick Swardson’s Pretend Time).  So, it makes sense to bring you that news, along with some funny anecdotes from their MacGruber press day.

Hit the jump for the full audio & highlights.  There are spoilers ahead with those updates, along with Phillippe’s burgeoning comedy career, Wiig’s biggest fear upon joining Saturday Night Live & what The Hurt Locker would have been like if MacGruber was the main character.

Given the film’s big marketing push, »

- Ron Messer

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Tsr Blog – Trying to Create a ‘Saturday Night Live’ Top 7 Movies of All Time

19 May 2010 12:50 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Every week we look around and try to come up with ideas for Top 7 lists at The Scorecard Review. Some are easy to think of like Top 7 Superhero Sequel Seconds as a nod to Iron Man 2. Other times, we have to dig a little.

With MacGruber opening up on Friday, May 21 and me being a bit of a “Saturday Night Live” geek, I figured there couldn’t be a better time to whip up a “Top 7 SNL Movies of All Time.”

Complete MacGruber coverage including reviews and interviews

Now, when I say “bit” of a SNL geek. What I mean to say is, I haven’t missed an episode in probably a decade. If I had to place a bet on the matter, I would say the over/under on episodes missed in the last 12 years would be three. And I would take the under. Don’t get me wrong, »

- Jeff Bayer

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25 Great Movies We Wouldn't Have Without Saturday Night Live

19 May 2010 2:34 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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The Unseen Movie Review MacGruber

18 May 2010 1:03 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Films based on Saturday Night Live sketches have about as good a track record as Elizabeth Taylor.s marriages. And like Liz.s marriages, these films always sound good on paper but just don.t work in the real world (although I.ve heard that her time with Larry Fortensky was spent mostly under the sheets which makes me both curious and repulsed). The only SNL movie that proved to be a hit was Wayne.s World in 1992, and I think that was because they threw out most of the story and settled on a series of funny jokes strung together with a very loose premise. It.s Pat and Stuart Saves His Family combined made less than one million dollars at the box »

- Robert Dixter

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Movie Preview & Trailer: MacGruber (2010), Starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe

12 May 2010 3:16 PM, PDT | ScreenStar | See recent ScreenStar news »

It's been a long, long (long, long, long) time since a movie based on a Saturday Night Live (TV) sketch caused anything but severe pain to those who paid their hard-earned bucks hoping against hope that what amused them for a few minutes once in a while on SNL could provide 90 minutes to two hours of laughter in a theater. The Blues Brothers (1980), Wayne's World (1992), Wayne's World 2 (1993) and the vastly underrated Coneheads (1993) aside, we're talking about non-stop clinkers spanning from It's Pat (1994), Stuart Saves His Family (1994) and A Night at the Roxbury (1998) to Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), Superstar (1999) and The Ladies Man (2000). Now, after a decade free of SNL movies, longtime producer Lorne Michaels has seen fit to bring -- of all things -- MacGruber (2010) to the big screen. Why do we say "of all things?" Well, the sketches are essentially spoofs of MacGyver (TV), with Will Forte as MacGruber, »

- ianspelling@corp.popstar.com (Ian Spelling)

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Movie Preview & Trailer: MacGruber (2010), Starring Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe

12 May 2010 3:16 PM, PDT | ScreenStar | See recent ScreenStar news »

It's been a long, long (long, long, long) time since a movie based on a Saturday Night Live (TV) sketch caused anything but severe pain to those who paid their hard-earned bucks hoping against hope that what amused them for a few minutes once in a while on SNL could provide 90 minutes to two hours of laughter in a theater. The Blues Brothers (1980), Wayne's World (1992), Wayne's World 2 (1993) and the vastly underrated Coneheads (1993) aside, we're talking about non-stop clinkers spanning from It's Pat (1994), Stuart Saves His Family (1994) and A Night at the Roxbury (1998) to Blues Brothers 2000 (1998), Superstar (1999) and The Ladies Man (2000). Now, after a decade free of SNL movies, longtime producer Lorne Michaels has seen fit to bring -- of all things -- MacGruber (2010) to the big screen. Why do we say "of all things?" Well, the sketches are essentially spoofs of MacGyver (TV), with Will Forte as MacGruber, »

- ianspelling@corp.popstar.com (Ian Spelling)

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Date Night is a sign of American comedy's golden age

16 April 2010 4:35 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Us comedy has never been more consistently funny, as the laughs that started with the election of George W Bush show no sign of stopping

These days it's easy to feel bleak about life in the Us: the economy, the banks, a gridlocked Congress, jobs going overseas or just vanishing forever, the mad ravings of the Tea Party brain donors, the sun slowly setting on the Pax Americana, and a general sense of pessimism overarching everything.

But the one area in which America continually goes from strength to strength is the one speciality that might help us forget our woes, even though its raw material is precisely those woes: Us comedy is in the throes of a decade-long golden age – in film and on TV – that just never seems to end. We may be on a downward slope, but when the end comes, at least we'll die laughing.

I can't »

- John Patterson

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MacGyver suing over ‘MacGruber’; wait, why?

3 February 2010 9:42 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

LatinoReview got the scoop yesterday that the fairly lame looking film SNL adaptation, MacGruber, is in some trouble.  Whoever the hell owns MacGyver isn’t happy about the production, and is looking to make some serious dollars off of the film, which is scheduled to be released on April 23.

Actually, this seems pretty fair.  The sketch only began as a parody of MacGyver, and with the movie sure to make at least a few million dollars, the Gyver dudes probably deserve a chunk of that action.

The actual sad news within the scoop is that the movie is testing at an approval rating somewhere in the 30s.  While we shouldn’t expect too much out of SNL movies (Stuart Saves His Family?  Really?), I admit I was getting excited for the flick.  It is, afterall, directed by a member (Jorma Taccone, the sensitive one) of the Lonely Island – the cultural »

- Ian T. McFarland

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Is MacGyver About to Sue MacGruber?

2 February 2010 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

If you love behind-the-scenes Hollywood drama, you're going to love this! As we've discussed before, Rogue Pictures is planning to release a big-screen version of "MacGruber" on April 23, 2010. "MacGruber" will be based on the SNL-sketch of the same name, starring Will Forte and Kristen Wiig. If you've never seen the "MacGruber" sketches, here's all you need to know, it's a total parody of the late 1980s TV show "MacGyver," the twist is that instead of being able to get out of tough situations by using every day objects, MacGruber ends up getting distracted by his personal life and problems and each sketch ends with a bomb blowing up.

It doesn't really sound like something that could be extended into 90 minutes, but what do I know, I voluntarily watched "Stuart Saves His Family" on Showtime once.

This is where it gets interesting, despite the appearance (and even Pepsi ad tie-in »

- Christina Warren

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The World is Saved: MacGruber Red & Green Band Trailers [Updated]

19 January 2010 11:04 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Ok, I’ll admit it. MacGruber is one of my least favorite sketches in the SNL arsenal.  I like Will Forte and Kristen Wiig, but I just can’t get into the mostly dumb situations the character finds himself in, and most of the jokes are tired or worn out. I understand the concept behind it – a bumbling counter-spy agent (that closely resembles MacGuyver) is always too busy explaining himself and working through his own life issues to actually finish the job and ends up being exploded at the end of the sketch.

When it was announced that longtime SNL producer Lorne Michaels was making a movie based on MacGruber, my first response was “What the…?” Then actors Ryan Phillipe (Antitrust), Val Kilmer (Heat), Powers Boothe (Deadwood) joined the cast along with former SNL’er Maya Rudolph (Away We Go), and my interest piqued just a bit. Still, I was »

- Paul Young

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New Restricted Trailer And Images For MacGruber

19 January 2010 10:04 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Let's face it, the track record for Saturday Night Live sketches turned movies isn't that great. The Blues Brothers was the best one but we also had to deal with movies like The Coneheads and Stuart Saves His Family.So I'm curious to see how MacGruber, a sketch I've never found funny, is going to be as a full length feature film. So far it isn't doing it for me, but I have weird taste when it comedy. I like Kristin Wiig but I'm wondering if the film has enough material to last an entire 90 minutes. Don't we already have the clueless Inspector Gadget? Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy Seal and Army Ranger.  Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery.  And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet.  In »

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MacGruber snaps

6 January 2010 1:49 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

SNL skits stretched to feature length. Sometimes they work, right? Wayne's World, The Blues Brothers, um... Maybe MacGruber will stand apart from movies like The Ladies Man, It's Pat and Stuart Saves His Family. Early word is that it's surprisingly funny and completely ridiculous, one of which describes Will Forte's chosen hairstyle. Some pics and synopsis:Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy Seal and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple »

- Dave Davis

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