My Rating: 3 stars
I didn’t enjoy this movie as much as I was expecting to. I’m a big fan of a lot of the recent Saturday Night Live crowd—especially Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, and Maya Rudolph who star in this movie. So, I was going into the movie with pretty high expectations. (Of course, I should know better by now). But, this movie spoofs those old, 80s action shows, like MacGyver or The A-Team, and I’m just not nostalgic enough about those shows to have really fallen for something like this. Although, you just can’t say no to all those high-waisted jeans, vests, and feathered mullets! And really, you can’t do much better than casting Val Kilmer as the sweaty, bloated, over-tanned villain. It’s the role he was born to play. (Although unfortunately, I don’t think poor Val is completely in on the joke).
This is a completely loud, cheesy, spoof of a thriller. The jokes are pretty surface-level, and they come at us at a fairly quick pace. The movie is full of explosions and steamy (and awkward) romantic scenes. It’s your classic “Good Guy vs. Bad Guy” drama. I really can’t remember many of the details of the plot anymore—something about a nuclear warhead in the hands of an evil Val Kilmer. And of course, MacGruber is the only man with the skills to stop him. If only he weren’t so clumsy! There are some very silly, romantic subplots too. It’s very campy, and full of lots of raunchy gags. But, really this movie seems to be more about peoples’ glorious heads of hair than about any of the comically outrageous plot points. It’s intended to be a bit of light, rude fun.
I don’t know if I’d recommend this movie to you guys too enthusiastically. I didn’t love it. But of course, you should always watch a movie if it sounds good to you, regardless of what a critic says. These things are so subjective. I’ve found a few reviewers who match my sensibilities pretty well, but they’re never a perfect match. So, I always go with my gut. All the actors deliver pretty great performances. Wiig, Forte, and Rudolph are always great. But overall, the movie was just a little too goofy for me. I guess I’m just not into the really slapsticky style of jokes. I prefer my comedy to be a little more clever and subtle. Although, saying that just makes me sound pretentious.