I don't need to sit here and spew off a list of unsuccessful Saturday Night Live-related movies, because we're all well aware of their track record when it comes to stretching 30-second skits into full-length feature films. But maybe the problem lies in the amount of foul-mouthed filth on screen, which is why the folks behind the latest SNL flick MacGruber have decided to get completely nutty and go for a straight-up, balls-out hard-R comedy.
Speaking to Vulture about the film, SNL star Bil Hader (who's not listed as a cast member, but will almost certainly make a cameo) says, "I read the script, and it's like a hard-R comedy, and it totally works. It's hilarious. It's kind of in the vein of, like, eighties action movies, like there's a very definitive bad guy. I don't know if I can talk about the plot too much, but it's hilarious. The thing that kind of blew my mind about it is that it's like a HARD-R movie. I was like, "What is this? This is f**king ugly. You guys are really going to do this?" And they're like, "Yup." And I was like, "That is awesome. That is f**king hilarious." So far the cast of MacGruber (not counting cameos ... and we know these guys love their little cameos) includes Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillippe
I actually dug the whole 80's action movie vibe in Pineapple Express, but I've spoken to a slew of people who were either turned off by it or didn't "get" it. Will it work for MacGruber? Is the answer to SNL's box office woes a film that's filthy, nasty and unapologetic? What do you think the chances are of this flick actually succeeding?