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MacGruber 2010 ***

Spinning Saturday Night Live characters into movies has been a mixed bag; with audiences outside the US having no idea who MacGruber was, it’s not surprising that tis jaunty parody was barely seen outside the States. Will forte is MacGruber, a super-tough special-ops law enforcer who has a defiantly 80’s feel, even carrying around his car’s tape deck while he investigates the world-dominating plans of Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer). Pre-Bridesmaids performances from Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig add to the comedy value, but director Jorma Taccone has a firm grip on the comic set-pieces, notably one in which MacGruber makes love to a ghost in a graveyard. MacGruber is a pretty funny film for a perceived flop, with all concerned getting the joke, and a pitch-perfect 80’s production design.


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