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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... read more read more... bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that's been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth, MacGruber figures he's the only one tough enough for the job. Assembling an elite team of experts--Lt. Dixon Piper and Vicki St. Elmo--MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber.

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DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010

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  • April 25, 2013
    MacGruber isn't very funny but it does have a couple of laugh out loud moments. It's good that it doesn't milk these laugh out loud moments by repeating them but unfortunately it does with all the crap jokes. It's been done before and it has been done better (never brilliantly, b... read moreut better). I think with tinkering it could have worked well but there were some big egos involved. It should have veered away from the smutty and crass stuff too and just concentrated on the action spoof idea.
  • January 19, 2013
    It's one joke, stretched over 90 minutes... I don't know that anyone expected this to be good, or really, what the purpose of writing a review about it would be. What you see is what you get: a series of decent gags, the occasional one hilarious, strung together lazily with somet... read morehing resembling a plot, in which MacGruber has to overcome his baggage and his incompetence in order to take down the villain, Dieter Cunth - great name - played by Val Kilmer, who is still alive, I guess... and to his credit, can still act decently. Kristen Wiig is always funny, and Ryan Phillippe is quite good as the straight man, too, but as most would anticipate, there's not much here. A forgettable indulgence.
  • June 29, 2012
    I only own a film if I can watch it again and again and again and still enjoy it. Which I can do with this film. It's stupid and I think it's basicaly all the jokes Forte and Taccone couldn't get into SNL. But damnit it's funny. This was the first sign that Wiig was going to ... read morebe the comdey Queen, even in movies.
  • June 14, 2011
    Such a great transformation of MacGruber from SNL to the big screen. Highly recommended for fans of the MacGruber segments on SNL. Forte & Wiig together in this movie have natural chemistry and are a class act. Maya Rudolph's character, even though not in the movie a lot, is grea... read moret & who could forget Ryan Phillippe's, Piper or Val Kilmer's, Dieter Von Cunth. Memorable characters and lines come together to make this movie the perfect movie for any season.
  • April 3, 2011
  • April 2, 2011
    I don't even know what to say. What the hell did I just watch? MacGruber is so friggin' stupid, but it made me laugh with genuine amusement. MacGruber the character is an infantile and flippantly callous manchild who wouldn't win on Jeopardy if he were playing against Homer Simps... read moreon and Patrick Star. I think the only reason that he's treated by his US Government (no particular agency that I can discern) superiors as "the best" is because he flawlessly embodies the 80s action movie hero. This perfect manifestation of the trope is unrelated to any sort of demonstrable talent or aptitude, but entirely about his powers of hubris and one-liners. Why he is left in charge of the situation is beyond me. He proves time and time again his utter disastrous incompetance. I really like Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillippe in this, and thier characters were my favorites in this film. As it turns out, Phillippe is a great straight man. This movie has some howlingly bad moments that are painful to watch, but it's hard to fault it for them, since they're balanced by sublimely funny moments in equal number. This movie isn't merely "meh"; it transcends that. It veers violently between awful and hilarious, thus creating a very confusing milieu. Hence the half-marks I gave it.
  • March 12, 2011
    Yea, it's incredibly stupid. It has a bad beginning, but this movie is freaking hilarious! Being a fan of the Saturday Night Live MacGruber skits, I sort of new what to expect. And this movie left me completely satisfied. Of course it's flawed, but if had me laughing all the way ... read morethrough. The action is also really good! Surprising and awesome film!

    (MACGRUBER) "Making life saving inventions outta houshold materials."

    Grade: B-
  • March 1, 2011
    three stars
  • February 12, 2011
    Far far worse than I was expecting, this is what happens when you expand a 30-second Saturday Night Live sketch to a full-blown movie. MacGruber, a one-joke parody of MacGyver, becomes a one-joke movie. It's about an inept special agent who has to save the world from a criminal m... read moreadman (Val Kilmer, why?). The flimsy plot would be acceptable if the movie had any sort of comedic momentum, but the jokes are sloppy and uninspired, often confusing naughtiness with humor. Just because something is brash or raunchy or shocking doesn't necessarily mean it's funny. Will Forte, as the title agent, tries too hard with material that doesn't work hard enough. Villains with naughty sounding names? Sight gags a plenty? This movie makes the Austin Powers franchise look cutting edge. There isn't enough focus for this to work as parody. MacGruber feels like what a bunch of 12-year-old boys would throw together if left unattended for a weekend with their parent's credit card. The sketch was never meant to last over a minute by design, so you can expect what 87 more dreary minutes would produce.

    Nate's Grade: D
  • January 25, 2011
    Sometimes it's okay to be lowbrow. Maybe I was just in the right mood, but this had me giggling consistently, with several outright guffaws. Included one of the funniest sex scenes I've ever seen.

Critic Reviews

A.O. Scott
June 1, 2010
A.O. Scott, New York Times

A film that poses a philosophical question fundamental to our inquiry here, namely: "Why does this exist?"

Michael Phillips
June 1, 2010
Michael Phillips, At the Movies

Some of these two minute sketches look a little thin at 87 to 92 minutes. Full Review

Ruth McCann
May 24, 2010
Ruth McCann, Washington Post

You need a great character to make a bad thing good, and the action comedy MacGruber is sadly short on great characters. Full Review

James Berardinelli
May 24, 2010
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

While it would be unfair to saddle MacGruber with the "worst SNL movie of all-time" moniker (I can think of at least two that are more painful to endure), its place on the vaunted 2010 Worst 10 list i... Full Review

Steven Rea
May 24, 2010
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

MacGruber is by no means a work of genius, or a piece of art, or even very good. But Forte and company have managed to make crude and lewd dunderheadedness laugh-out-loud funny here and there, and tha... Full Review

Dana Stevens
May 24, 2010
Dana Stevens, Slate

There's a conceptual flaw at this movie's heart: By the very nature of the sketch, MacGruber can't succeed on the big screen. Full Review

Nathan Rabin
May 24, 2010
Nathan Rabin, AV Club

MacGruber alternates quick bursts of laugh-out-loud funniness with long dry stretches. It isn't exactly good, but for audiences in search of nothing more than a few silly chuckles, it should prove goo... Full Review

Joshua Rothkopf
May 24, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

Cut loose from the skit structure, screenwriters Forte, John Solomon and director Jorma Taccone seize upon a richer template, that of the ridiculous big-screen action-comedy refined by the Beverly Hil... Full Review

J. R. Jones
May 24, 2010
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

The movie scores a few laughs with its startling use of bloody R-rated violence, and there are enjoyable turns by Kristen Wiig (as MacGruber's sidekick), Val Kilmer (as the international bad guy), and... Full Review

Glenn Kenny
May 23, 2010
Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies

... [succeeds] as a laser-sharp parody of all stripes of cliché-laden action blockbusters [and] as a consistently hilarious bad taste farce. Full Review

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    • Vicki: Wait, I'm a virgin.
    • MacGruber: Shhhhhh... not for long.
    • MacGruber: Cause after I disarm this nuke, I'm gonna cut off your dick and...
    • MacGruber: Well I bet you wish your nose was a you could use it fuck butts!
    • Cunth: I was talking to the missile.
    • MacGruber: Well, then, if you'll excuse me, it's time to go pound some Cunth.
    • MacGruber: Well they were fucking great guys, and it's a fucking asshole of a day.

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