Making lifesaving inventions out of household materials ... 'MacGruber!'

The throwback parody of the TV series 'MacGyver' is the latest 'SNL' skit to get blown up into a full-length feature film. Not Ready for Primetime player Will Forte puts on the vest and the flannel as the the titular mullet-sporting DIY hero whose superior ability to save the day with a gum wrapper and a pen cap are hampered by his even more superior incompetence.

And true to MacGruber form, this film, helmed by 'SNL' vet and first-time feature director Jorma Taccone, finds the decorated soldier of fortune getting in and out of sticky situations. More specifically, MacGruber is called back from retirement and teams up with Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) in order to track down a nuclear warhead stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer).

According to the reviews, the crass stains don't stop with the names in this rated R action comedy. But will the latest 'SNL' skit to get the big-screen treatment go more in the way of 'Wayne's World' or 'A Night at the Roxbury'? Here's what the critics had to say. Making lifesaving inventions out of household materials ... 'MacGruber!'

The throwback parody of the TV series 'MacGyver' is the latest 'SNL' skit to get blown up into a full-length feature film. Not Ready for Primetime player Will Forte puts on the vest and the flannel as the the titular mullet-sporting DIY hero whose superior ability to save the day with a gum wrapper and a pen cap are hampered by his even more superior incompetence.

And true to MacGruber form, this film, helmed by 'SNL' vet and first-time feature director Jorma Taccone, finds the decorated soldier of fortune getting in and out of sticky situations. More specifically, MacGruber is called back from retirement and teams up with Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) in order to track down a nuclear warhead stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer).

According to the reviews, the crass stains don't stop with the names in this rated R action comedy. But will the latest 'SNL' skit to get the big-screen treatment go more in the way of 'Wayne's World' or 'A Night at the Roxbury'? Here's what the critics had to say.

Rolling Stone: "How the hell can you take an 'SNL' skit that runs 90 seconds and stretch it to a 90-minute feature? Sounds excruciating. But 'MacGruber' breaks the jinx by putting the skit in the context of a 1980s action movie and creating its own brand of explosive lunacy."

Orlando Sentinel: "A blood-spattered hit-or-miss 'out there' character comedy of the 'Wayne's World'/'Austin Powers' school, it manages to be nostalgic and profane in equal measures, a movie that's retro and yet retro-fitted to suit the new cutting edge in screen farce.Will Forte's thin 'Saturday Night Live' sketch is taken to places network TV hasn't yet been in a game attempt to up the raunch up the standard issue 'SNL' sketch turned PG-13 movie to fit the R-rated The Age of Judd Apatow."

Entertainment Weekly: "A naughty throwaway in all senses of the word throwaway-90 minutes of talented performers doing and saying dumb, crude stuff in pursuit of an elusive laugh, in a disposable action-comedy primarily geared to young men and the 11-year-old boys who will want to sneak into the R-rated screening."

New York Post: "How bad is this movie? So bad that critics weren't allowed to see it until four hours before it opened. So bad that to play the villain it was forced to hire the lumpy, inert remnants of what used to be Val Kilmer."

The Hollywood Reporter: "Forte doesn't try very hard to make sense of a character who is a complete dolt most of the time but has a few ninja-like moves up his sleeve, and the movie's scoffing tone doesn't make this contradiction part of the fun, as the first "Austin Powers" film did. But then, nobody involved seems to have those kind of aspirations for "MacGruber," a jerry-rigged contraption whose rubber-bands-and-baking-soda construction is lucky to work once and then fall apart."



Slant Magazine: "Like many a contemporary lowbrow comedy, 'MacGruber's at its best when it's most vulgar, when its foul-mouthed and essentially insane hero is free to indulge in his signature bits of raunchy whimsy. Whether it's casually working in crude confessions amid deadpan recitals ..., explaining gross-out terminology ..., or manically offering up sexual favors when desperate for help ..., Forte's crudeness is his greatest asset. Dryly serious or tortuously hysterical, the actor has the range and energy to keep things perpetually lively."

Boston Globe: "We should be thankful the movie hits about half its intended marks, a fairly high average for one of these spinoffs. Believe the hype: 'MacGruber'' actually is the best 'SNL'' movie since 'Wayne's World' - but only because the alternatives are 'It's Pat,' 'A Night at the Roxbury,' and 'The Ladies' Man.'"

Premiere.com: "'MacGruber' is crude. It's obscene. The dialogue is puerile and the jokes adolescent. And for the most part, it's hilarious: a bawdy riot drunk on impropriety, which is why the movie works. The cast and director are goofily brave, peppering the comedy with outrageous gags that might make some filmgoers, well, gag."

Toronto Star: "The movie plays exactly like the overlong 'SNL' bit it is. It is infinitely better suited to the small-screen short form, which is where its first-time film director, Jorma Taccone, who made his comedy bones as one third of Lonely Island, Andy Samberg's digital video comedy troupe (the final member being Akiva Schaffer). Otherwise, it pretty much depends on how you feel about genital humour. And the sight of Will Forte's naked butt."
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