It’s probably not a good sign to start a review by saying that the film wasn’t anywhere near as bad or as stupid as I was afraid it’d be, but that’s exactly how I felt after the end credits of the new Saturday Night Live spin-off MacGruber. Crude and sophomoric, it still had lots of laughs and a surprisingly polished appearance, coupled with amusingly over-the-top performances from some decent actors.
In the first part of the movie, MacGruber pulls together a team of tough, hulking men to be part of his crack military force, his “dream team”, in a sequence that pays wry homage to The Dirty Dozen and any number of other “let’s reassemble the team for one last job” scenes. They don’t quite have the chance to be involved, so his second team is a former lover stuck in the 70s Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) and a young officer Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe).
Nail on the head, again, nail on the head, my friend! You and I don’t always see eye to eye on films, but on this one, I think we do. Went in expecting to be disappointed, came out not having been.
Spot on review. It was impossible not to laugh at this movie. Yes, it was childish, but so is Saturday Night Live. I can’t believe this was as huge a flop in its 1st weekend as it was. What a shame! The fact that “Just Wright” made more money indicates the collapse of our society.