Everyone has that "guilty pleasure" comedy that was maligned by most. For this writer, it's Starship Troopers, and yes, it is a comedy — watch it again if you disagree. For others, that guilty pleasure is, apparently, Saturday Night Live skit-turned-movie MacGruber, which bombed at the box office back in May of 2010, even though it received mixed reviews. MacGruber fared better on DVD, where it earned about half of its worldwide box office.
For those who have the movie on disc and have defended that purchase to their friends, there's some good news. MacGruber director Jorma Taccone told Screen Crush that he and star Will Forte are planning a sequel. what did taccone say? >> Posted 05.22.12 by Ryan
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|Shrek Forever After ||$71.3M ||$71.3M ||Shrek 4 opens far smaller than 3 (and 2, too) but still dominates. |
|Iron Man 2 ||$26.2M ||$251.3M ||Sequel shoots past $200M mark and into 2nd place for 2010 (behind Alice in Wonderland). |
|Robin Hood ||$18.7M ||$66.1M ||This movie will struggle mightily to recoup the $200M budget. |
|Letters to Juliet ||$9.1M ||$27.4M ||Rom-com has small Week 2 dropoff. |
|Just Wright ||$4.2M ||$14.6M ||Queen Latifah vehicle fades but still beats MacGruber. |
Bomb of the Week: One word: MacGruber. With about a $4M take, it earned less in its first weekend than the latest SNL movie, 2000's Ladies Man. Our team of interns is investigating, but a mere $1,607/screen average for a wide release's opening weekend has to be the worst of 2010. Posted 05.23.10 by reelz
We never believed a one-minute SNL skit could be made into a feature-length movie, which is why we wrote 6 Reasons the MacGruber Movie Might Just Be an Elaborate Hoax. While not screened for critics, it is in fact a real movie and here are some early reviews.
Posted 05.21.10 by reelz
"How the hell can you take an SNL skit that runs 90 seconds and stretch it to a 90-minute feature? Sounds excruciating. But MacGruber breaks the jinx by putting the skit in the context of a 1980s action movie and creating its own brand of explosive lunacy."— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"You may miss one joke while still laughing at the last one — I certainly did, at the film's premiere at SXSW."— Karina Longworth, Village Voice
"Like many a contemporary lowbrow comedy, MacGruber's at its best when it's most vulgar, when its foul-mouthed and essentially insane hero is free to indulge in his signature bits of raunchy whimsy."— Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"...a naughty throwaway in all senses of the word throwaway — 90 minutes of talented performers doing and saying dumb, crude stuff in pursuit of an elusive laugh, in a disposable action-comedy primarily geared to young men and the 11-year-old boys who will want to sneak into the R-rated screening."— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"How bad is this movie? So bad that critics weren't allowed to see it until four hours before it opened. So bad that to play the villain it was forced to hire the lumpy, inert remnants of what used to be Val Kilmer."— Kyle Smith, New York Post
When it comes to the mix of movies being offered up, not much has changed since we previewed Summer 2010 blockbusters back in September 2009. The season is still packed with sequels, remakes, comic book adaptations, and 3-D.
Meaning, fans of action/adventure movies (11), comedies (8), and chick flicks (9) are in luck, as are parents looking for a way to entertain the kids (10). But the pickings are slim for horror fans (3) and those looking for some summer drama (6) or thrilling intrigue (5). Check 'em all out in our 2010 Summer Movie Guide. Posted 05.04.10 by reelz
Since MacGruber premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, any speculation that it might actually be an elaborate hoax and not a real movie has been laid to rest. Now, Relativity Media has released a new theatrical poster for the movie. Unfortunately, even though it's billed as "...the best action-comedy since Beverly Hills Cop," the poster is actually a pretty boring, action movie-style poster that barely hints at the movie being a comedy (we're only giving comedic points to Will Forte's mullet and Kristen Wiig's "sexy" mom jeans). continue reading >> Posted 04.03.10 by BrentJS
When we heard the Saturday Night Live skit MacGruber was being turned into a movie, we didn't believe it.
Then the trailer hit the web ... and we're still not buying it. Even though our own Casey Messer (Movies & Music, First Fans) allegedly has a role in the movie.
We've got 6 Reasons the MacGruber Movie Might Just Be an Elaborate Hoax. Posted 02.03.10 by reelz
Just days after releasing a red band trailer for the upcoming comedy MacGruber, Relativity Media has a green band version that edits some of the naughtiness out of the first trailer.
Based on a recurring sketch from Saturday Night Live, MacGruber is an action-comedy parody of the TV show MacGyver. The movie stars Will Forte, Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph. When it comes to SNL sketches-turned-movies, we're hoping MacGruber is more Wayne's World than It's Pat. Posted 01.22.10 by Ryan
Following in the footsteps of A Night at the Roxbury and The Ladies Man, another Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketch is making the leap from the TV screen to the silver screen. The latest is MacGruber, starring veteran SNL cast member Will Forte in an action-comedy movie that spoofs the MacGyver TV series that aired from 1985-1992.
Produced by Relativity Media, MacGruber was directed by the sketch's creator, Jorma Taccone, who also co-wrote the script of the film with Forte and John Solomon. IAmRogue, the official site for Relativity Media properties, has just debuted several promotional images and a Red Band trailer, accompanied by a brief synopsis of the film.
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. In 2010, Will Forte brings Saturday Night Live’s clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen in the action comedy MacGruber.
MacGruber also stars Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe, and SNL cast members Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Richard Dean Anderson, who played Angus "Mac" MacGyver on the TV series that inspired the original sketch, is rumored to have a cameo in the movie.
And, we're especially pleased to note, that MacGruber's cast also includes Casey Messer, host of ReelzChannel's Movies & Music and First Fans. Posted 01.20.10 by BrentJS