Year: 2010
Production Co: Michaels-Goldwyn
Studio: Universal
Director: Jorma Traccone
Writer: Jorma Traccone/Will Forte/John Solomon
Cast: Will Forte, Kirsten Wiig, Ryan Phillipe, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph

I'm sure I've talked more than once about films that have come from short skit-based comedy (like Saturday Night Live, as this film is) and how rarely they translate to movie-length stories.

Surprisingly, this one is more successful than most. Even more surprisingly, it doesn't just coast on easy MacGyver barbs but builds its own character, no doubt with seeds sown by the popularity of the SNL skit.

Macgruber is a decidedly 80s styled action hero, highly decorated and very dangerous but as thick as a plank for the purposes of the movie. Despite itself it somehow works, and there are enough laughs to keep you entertained (including the sex scene that nearly had me choking with laughter).

When Macgruber's called back by the brass for one last job he assembles a team, it gets personal, it turns out to be an old score to settle, etc etc – the film itself winking knowingly at you even if the characters aren't.

Ryan Phillipe does okay as Macgruber's superio but second fiddle partner but there's an element of appearing with a dancing bear to his presence. Kirsten Wiig does better as the mild mannered and clueless co-worker who secretly loves Macgruber and suffers many of his increasingly dumb plans.

It's a funny distraction that doesn't overstay its welcome.

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