MacGruber is awful. And I don't mean a bad quality, poorly made movie kind of way. I mean in a lowest, grossest, most despicable "humor" in place of real comedy. This is a movie that thinks that cursing is a punchline. There were a total of two jokes the didn't involve cursing in this whole movie, and they were both the only funny jokes. Bah. I don't even want to write about this. I should be writing my big ole wrestling article for this weekend. But nope, I had to go and waste my money and my time buying this piece of garbage.
You see, I listen to and watch a lot of things to be able to find interesting films to talk about. And for about two months, I kept hearing these little remarks about how underrated MacGruber is from comedians and critics that I like. So I was looking around on Amazon, say it was pretty darn cheap for a blu-ray at 8.88, and I decided to order it. I got the movie on the 23rd and put it in my blu-ray player. The movie did not finish until the 26th, when I finally stumbled my way through the whole thing. The whole 96 minutes. 96 minutes? That's it?! I have never felt like I wasted more of my time and money than I have on this movie.
MacGruber is a "parody" of 80s action tropes and the television show MacGyver. It was a sketch on SNL, and it got made into an SNL film. You know what, that should have been my warning right there. I can count on two fingers the number of good SNL movies there are. So you take an SNL sketch, put the least talented, least funny member of the Lonely Island/Digital Shorts crew to write and direct it, and money! Well, not really, because there is karma in the world and sometimes crappy movies in fact do crappily, seeing as MacGruber never made back its budget.
Pictured above: Expression of a talentless comedian thinking "Haters gonna hate."
I hated this movie. And I didn't from the beginning. But there is a scene that ... ok, hold up, let me talk good things. The film looks way better than it needs to. It looks like a Michael Bay action flick, which is way too good for this movie. Also, there are two good jokes. One involves a montage of getting "the gang back together" of MacGruber recruiting a bunch of wrestlers and them doing the bicep hand-slap from Predator in different variations.
The second joke is MacGruber talking with the milquetoast no-character Ryan Phillipe and as he argues that Wiig's character has no feelings for him, he says "You're loco, man" to whit there is a subtitle that comes up and says "You're crazy, man." Subtitle joke was funny. The way the wrestlers were introduced in classic 80s style was funny. Nothing else. Literally nothing else was funny. Even worse, nothing else was clever. This movie takes every setup and always subverts it with something vulgar.
Here, here's an example of this that makes me just the angriest. The entire movie, the whole time, MacGruber constantly tells bad guy that he is going to cut of the bad guy's penis and make him suck it. He says that maybe 25 times over the course of the movie. So in the post-climax, when the bad guy returns, MacGruber beats him up, says his non-pun catchphrase (which is also a "running joke" where he is just vulgar and curses at the guy he is about to kill) and then tries to cut it off. But, subversion of the joke time, the bad guy's penis was blown up in the explosion from the climax, so he doesn't have one! And we get a close up of his non-penis! FUNNY RIGHT?