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Not everyone is going to appreciate MacGruber’s unabashed clever-stupid comedic sensibilities, and those that do will likely be accused of being idiots by those that don’t. It’s a crude, silly movie that works because it knows exactly what it is and embraces it, finding just the right rhythm to deliver its absurdist, knowing slant on ’80s action flicks. All of the characters have their goofy charm, but they’re restrained enough to make the film feel like it could just be a straight action movie, were the outright cartoonish MacGruber not there to fuck everything up. For the first time ever, Will Forte has finally found a role for which his over-the-top demeanor is perfectly suited, and his delivery and timing in just about every scene is riotously funny. Director Jorma Taccone deserves much of that credit, as he effortlessly maintains the pace of the film’s non-stop gags, one-liners and saxophone-enhanced musical beats. MacGruber isn’t a great movie—it’s nowhere near the caliber of, say, Hot Fuzz—but it’s far funnier than it should’ve been, and easily one of the funniest movies of the year so far.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Unrated & theatrical versions, commentary with director/co-writer Jorma Taccone, co-writer/actor Will Forte and co-writer John Solomon, a deleted scene, and a gag reel.

BEST DVD PRICE
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BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
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N/A $26.99 N/A
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MacGruberIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley compare and contrast Lost with Battlestar Galactica and Shattered Glass. Special guest Dan Eckman joins us for this episode. Dan’s new film Mystery Team is out on DVD today.

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MacGruber

According to the early Friday box office estimates, Universal’s Saturday Night Live big screen adaptation of MacGruber bombed with only $1.6 million on Friday, headed for an estimated weekend total of $4.5 million. Not only did it lose out to the new Shrek film, but also the second weekend of Summit’s romantic drama Letters To Juliet, the second weekend of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and the third weekend of Iron Man 2. Shrek Forever After will end the weekend with the top slot with a projected $70 million.

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MacGruber – What Did You Think?

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Traditionally, Saturday Night Live spinoff movies are a dicey proposition. The good ones are few and far between. Most try to stay too close to the sketches that spawned them, and never make a case for spending ninety minutes with the characters. The idea behind MacGruber seems more shaky than most. Take very short sketches that riff on MacGyver, and stretch them into feature length. But there was some weird character background lurking in those short SNL appearances, and MacGruber takes the uncomfortable nature of the main character and injects it into a parody-slash-recreation of ’80s action movies.

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A bunch of new movie posters hit today, so I thought I’d do a round up of some of the one-sheets we didn’t get to on the site. The movies include: MacGruber, The Losers, Beastly and Easter-focused posters for Despicable Me and Toy Story 3. Hit the jump to see all the new posters. Click on the images to enlarge.

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MacGruber Red-Band Trailer #2

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We’ve already seen one red-band trailer for MacGruber, in which director Jorma Taccone and Will Forte expands their MacGyver-spoof shorts from Saturday Night Live into an unlikely feature comedy. Now there’s a second red-band clip which emphasizes the action a bit more…or, wait, the comedy? No, definitely the action. See the confusion below. Read More »

Early Buzz: MacGruber Premieres at SXSW

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MacGruber premiered last night at SXSW in Austin, and the early reviews have begun to hit the interwebs. I’ve included some excerpts after the jump.

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SXSW 2010 Feature Film Line-Up Announced

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The South By Southwest Film Festival have announced their complete Feature Film line-up for their 2010 fest, which runs March 12 – 20, 2010 in Austin, Texas. Notable films include the Saturday Night Live movie MacGruber, Jay & Mark Duplass’ Sundance hit Cyrus, Bernard Rose’s Mr. Nice, Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs, Michel Gondry’s The Thorn in the Heart, Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary The People vs. George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh’s And Everything Is Going Fine, and Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways.

They join previously announced films such as Opening Night film Kick-Ass, Hubble 3D, Lemmy, SATURDAY NIGHT and The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights. Read the full line-up after the jump.

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MacGruber Green-Band Trailer

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We brought you the red-band trailer for the upcoming MacGruber film just a few days ago, and now the studio has released a safer green-band version to lure unsuspecting families into its R-rated den of sin. The film is an adaptation of the SNL sketches featuring Will Forte as the titular MacGuyver spoof. In addition to Forte, the cast also includes Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, and Maya Rudolph.

Forte co-wrote the film with SNL writers John Solomon and Jorma Taccone, and the film is also Taccone’s feature directing debut.

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MacGruber Red-Band Trailer and New Images

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There have been rumors (sourced from where, exactly, I couldn’t tell you) that MacGruber is a crazy, envelope-pushing action movie. The feature-length adaptation of Will Forte‘s Saturday Night Live sketches has a great cast (Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph) and now has a pretty effective red-band trailer to show off most of the players. Read More »