OK, I’ll admit it. MacGruber is one of my least favorite sketches in the SNL arsenal. I like Will Forte and Kristen Wiig, but I just can’t get into the mostly dumb situations the character finds himself in, and most of the jokes are tired or worn out. I understand the concept behind it – a bumbling counter-spy agent (that closely resembles MacGuyver) is always too busy explaining himself and working through his own life issues to actually finish the job and ends up being exploded at the end of the sketch.
When it was announced that longtime SNL producer Lorne Michaels was making a movie based on MacGruber, my first response was “What the…?” Then actors Ryan Phillipe (Antitrust), Val Kilmer (Heat), Powers Boothe (Deadwood) joined the cast along with former SNL’er Maya Rudolph (Away We Go), and my interest piqued just a bit. Still, I was very skeptical of what exactly could be done with a MacGruber story that would attempt to hold my interest for 90 minutes.
According to MacGruber’s movie website, here is the official synopsis:
“Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy Seal and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor, and 7 Presidential Medals of Bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. “
Well, that doesn’t really tell you much about the story but here’s what I could glean from the trailer. Val Kilmer's character has stolen a Russian nuclear warhead and plans to use it against Washington, DC. MacGruber (Will Forte) is called in to stop him with the assistance of Special Agent Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and MacGruber’s long time girlfriend, Vicki (Kristen Wiig). You can watch the red band trailer for MacGruber at Rogue Pictures’ website (link below). Meanwhile, we've posted the green band trailer for your viewing pleasure:
Then come back to check out some stills and leave your comments below:
Let’s face it: Lorne Michaels' track record with SNL sketch-to-movie crossovers is OK at best. The Blues Brothers and Wayne’s World are the only major success stories. Let’s just remind you of some of the flops, though: Coneheads, It’s Pat!, Stuart Saves His Family, Blues Brothers 2000, A Night at the Roxbury, Superstar, and The Ladies Man. While a few of them were good for laughs, none of them scream “Buy me on DVD and watch me over and over!”
But like I said, the budgets are kept low, so with the exception of It’s Pat!, Stuart Saves His Family and Blues Brothers 2000, all the films have at least made their budgets back.
I found this MacGruber trailer to be awfully funny and there are some great scenes in it. I’m looking forward to seeing Val Kilmer chew up some scenery as the bad guy. MacGruber is directed by Jorma Taccone, written by Will Forte and John Solomon, and produced by Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn and Ryan Kavanaugh.
What did you think of the MacGruber trailer and do you plan on seeing it in theaters?
MacGruber saves the world from exploding April 23rd, 2010.
Source: Rouge Pictures