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"He's the ultimate tool."
  • R
  • 2010
  • 5.6  (47,042)
  • 43

MacGruber is a 2010 action-comedy movie directed by Jorma Taccone and written by Will Forte, John Solomon, and Taccone. It is based on the famous Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketch of the same name starring Will Forte in the titular role. The movie features an ensemble cast including Will Forte as MacGruber, Kristen Wiig as his assistant Vicki St. Elmo, and Val Kilmer as the main antagonist, Dieter Von Cunth.

The plot of MacGruber follows a retired special operations officer and former Navy SEAL, MacGruber, who is called back into action by the U.S. government to stop a former enemy, Dieter Von Cunth, from detonating a nuclear missile. The movie takes place in the present day where MacGruber is now living in seclusion after the death of his wife during their wedding day at the hands of Von Cunth. When a notorious terrorist named Von Cunth resurfaces, MacGruber is brought out of retirement to track him down and stop him from carrying out his nefarious plan.

With his team of Vicki St. Elmo, who has an unrequited crush on MacGruber, and Lieutenant Dixon Piper, MacGruber sets out to stop Von Cunth. However, many obstacles stand in their way, such as a series of botched plans, MacGruber's own ineptitude, and Von Cunth's criminal operation. Along the way, the team reluctantly cooperates and grows stronger, culminating in a final showdown with the villainous Von Cunth.

The movie is a parody of the classic action movie genre, taking exaggerated elements of popular action movies and turning them on their head. It has a focus on slapstick humor, satire, and absurdity, making it a laugh-out-loud comedy that lampoons over-the-top action movies. Through its mocking style, the movie creates a unique and hilarious look at a genre that is often considered serious and intense.

Will Forte's portrayal of MacGruber is as endearing as it is ridiculous. He is both a terrible hero and an incompetent leader, blending moments of true bravery with moments of utter foolishness. Kristen Wiig shines as Vicki St. Elmo, delivering a great performance as the assistant to MacGruber. She serves as the voice of reason and a sobering influence on the main character, while also being a great comic relief in her own right.

Val Kilmer's portrayal of Von Cunth is nothing short of iconic. His portrayal of the big bad is delightfully exaggerated, a scene-stealing performance that puts him on the ultimate platform of action movie villains. In the role, Kilmer goes over the top, delivering fantastic comedic timing and an unapologetically ironic performance.

The movie has a fantastic soundtrack, with original music composed by Matthew Compton. The score is appropriately dramatic, elevating the on-screen action to a higher level of absurdity. The soundtrack also features classic 80s hits, such as "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister and "The Stroke" by Billy Squier, which add to the feel of the parody.

Overall, MacGruber is a hilarious and entertaining movie that provides an excellent specimen of the action-comedy genre. It is a parody of classic action movies that hits its marks with humor and a self-awareness that can only come from writers who adore and understand the genre. With its fantastic ensemble cast and unforgettable performance from Val Kilmer, MacGruber is a movie worth watching for any fan of action movies or comedy.

MacGruber is a 2010 action movie. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 43.

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