MacGruber Is A Hard-R Eighties Action Movie

By Josh Tyler 2009-08-11 15:39:42discussion comments
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I have no idea how they’ll pull the MacGruber movie off, but unlike a lot of people I’m all for it. Sure it’s easy to automatically rip every SNL spinoff movie, after all they’re taking a 30-second snippet and turning it into a feature film. That’s not easy. Besides more recently, the SNL movie formula just hasn’t been successful. But in trashing MacGruber sight unseen, you ignore the greatness of the 90s in which Wayne Campbell was king and Saturday Night Live movies were actually funny. Maybe I’m just old. Many of the bloggers doing the bashing are probably too young to remember 1992. I bet they also think District 9 is original.

So if you're over thirty stand up and hope for a return for the good old days when SNL movies were hilarious. More than any other recent attempt the MacGurber movie has a chance to pull it off. Not just because the sketches are funny but also because they seem to be willing to take risks in making it. Bill Hader, who isn’t MacGruber but is on SNL, recently talked to NY Mag about the film and offered up details like these:

“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 fucking ugly. You guys are really going to do this?" And they're like, "Yup." And I was like, "That is awesome. That is fucking hilarious.”


Sounds great to me. As long as there are plenty of explosions. And while some have wondered whether or not the characters will die every thirty-seconds the way they do in the sketches, Hader raises a good point: “No, they just blow up. They don't necessarily die, because they keep being in more sketches.”
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