MacGRUBER:

If movie graveyards existed, they would have a sizable number of headstones belonging to television sketch comedies that failed as feature length works (R.I.P. ITíS PAT, A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY, et. al.). The latest resident to this ďfamily plotĒ is this uneven comedy derived from the SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE parody of ABC television hero MACGYVER, who used ordinary household items to rescue himself and others from dangerous situations. But as played by Will Forte (BEERFEST), the mullet-wearing, stuck-in-the-í80s title character is a clueless screw-up more likely to get his associates either killed or maimed at any given moment. Like so many comedies of this ilk, there isnít nearly enough material to give this movie the sort of consistent momentum it needs to work. For every joke that hits its mark, there are just as many that land with the kind of deafening thud geared to make an audience break out in rivulets of flop sweat. Coupled with this comic inconsistency is writing that ďjokes a jokeĒ where a gag in one scene recurs throughout the remainder of the movie until itís literally run into the ground. Never mind that it wasnít all that laugh-inducing to begin with. Since this movie is more of a send-up of Ď80s action films, like LETHAL WEAPON (1987), some of the elements that made the original Richard Dean Anderson series worthy of satirizing are sorely missing from this material that all too often feels like itís trying too hard to be amusing. Despite game efforts from Forte, Ryan Phillippe (FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS) and the very funny Kristen Wiig (ADVENTURELAND), MacGRUBER is nothing more than an elongated television skit with added R-rated content too risque for prime time thatís only funny part of the time as a movie. CRITICíS GRADE: C

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