Tuesday, February 8, 2011

MacGruber Takes Down the 80s One Celery Stick at a Time

I can't believe Lorne Michaels would turn a semi-unfunny Saturday Night Live 5-minute skit into a 90-minute film.

I can't believe serious actors Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillippe would offer their services to a movie like this.

I can't believe how hard I laughed at numerous parts of this movie.

MacGruber is surprisingly hilarious, and Will Forte and Kristen Wiig turn in lovable performances as the lead characters. The story has something to do with mullet-wielding, soft-80s-rock-loving MacGruber, some sort of explosives specialist, sets out to seek revenge on Dieter van Cunth, played wonderfully as an oddball creep by Kilmer, for killing his wife.

The complete and unending social awkwardness of MacGruber (celery-stick defense moves and all) is what turns this into the kind of movie that can compete with the likes of Anchorman for completely-useless-but-brilliant cult comedies.

"Classic MacGruber."

***1/2 out of ***** stars