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Director: Jorma Taccone

Cast: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe


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Will Forte brings his Saturday Night Live character MacGruber to the screen with this action comedy directed by Jorma Taccone. After bad guys killed his wife (Maya Rudolph), soldier of fortune MacGruber (Forte) devoted his life to peace. But when his old nemesis (Val Kilmer


Will Forte brings his Saturday Night Live character MacGruber to the screen with this action comedy directed by Jorma Taccone. After bad guys killed his wife (Maya Rudolph), soldier of fortune MacGruber (Forte) devoted his life to peace. But when his old nemesis (Val Kilmer) gets control of a nuclear weapon, MacGruber's former boss (Powers Boothe) convinces him to risk life and limb one more time with the help of a new team (Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe).

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
MacGruber is easily the best movie based on a Saturday Night Live skit in 15 years. But, considering the quality of recent sketch-to-screen projects, that sentence doesn't quite do justice to how funny the movie is. When bad guy Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer) steals a nuclear warhead, Col. James Faith (a brilliantly cast Powers Boothe) pays a visit to MacGruber (Will Forte), the legendary soldier and demolitions expert who has devoted himself to peace ever since Cunth killed MacGruber's bride on their wedding day. Driven by revenge, MacGruber heads back into action with former partner Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) and young Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) to stop Cunth before he can detonate the weapon. Since MacGruber is nothing more than a spoof of the TV action staple MacGyver, it makes sense that they would follow the story beats of your average Stallone/Norris/Schwarzenegger Reagan-era blockbuster. Director Jorma Taccone's slavish loyalty to the tropes of '80s action films keeps the movie humming along -- by following that well-worn structure, they've got a solid spine to support one outrageous, tasteless gag after another. It's a smart artistic choice that pays off in surprisingly sly ways, especially since many of the jokes are so deliriously dumb. Those who want to see how far Will Forte will take his horny, easily upset, none-too-bright explosives master will not be disappointed -- this is a comedy that earns its R rating early and often. A sequence where MacGruber has sex with Vicki -- and then with the ghost of his deceased wife -- scores the biggest laughs because it deftly recalls similar softcore scenes in movies like Top Gun before shocking us with MacGruber's rather vocal lovemaking style. Sure, not every gag is a home run, but because the filmmakers stick to the action-movie formula the movie never drags. There are moments that misfire, but the whole thing never loses momentum, which is amazing considering Taccone and company are stretching a 30-second joke into a 90-minute movie. MacGruber probably won't achieve the same respect or success as the most beloved SNL adaptations, but odds are pretty good that if they wanted to give this character another spin the result would be much funnier than either Wayne's World 2 or Blues Brothers 2000.

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Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Feature commentary with cast and crew; Deleted scene; Gag reel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Forte MacGruber
Kristen Wiig Vicki
Ryan Phillippe Piper
Val Kilmer Dieter VonCunth
Powers Boothe Colonel Faith
Maya Rudolph Casey
Rhys Coiro Yerik Novikov
Andy Mackenzie Hoss
Jasper Cole Zeke
Timothy V. Murphy Constantine
Tim Skousen Senator Garver
Robert Reid Priest
Jimmy G. Giesler Janitor
Chris Jericho Frank Korver
Mark Henry Tut Beemer
MVP Vernon Freedom
Great Khali Tug Phelps
Kane Tanker Lutz
Big Show Brick Hughes
Brandon Trost Brick's Boyfriend
Robert Washington Cashier
Chris Kittinger Man in Tuxedo
Marielle Heller Clocky
Derek Mears Large Henchman
John Gibson Dealer
Vic Browder Control Room Guard
Russ Dillen Commander
Michael David Aragon Machine Room Guard
Greg Alan Williams Minister
Chad Brummett Military Officer
Sandra Wood Nude Model
Matt Wood Bartender
Mark Dimitrijevic Man in Café
Amare Stoudemire Himself
Brian Petsos Dude
Alan D'Antoni Russian Guard
Cajardo Lindsey Railroad Guard #1
Laurence Chavez Railroad Guard #2,Compound Guard #2
Matt Christmas Railroad Guard #3
Michael Owen Railroad Bodyguard
Edward Duran Compound Guard #1
Tomas Sanchez Compound Guard #3
Bobby Burns Compound Guard #4
Bill Leaman Compound Guard #5
Willie Weber Compound Guard #6
Alan Tafoya Charging Guard
Michelle Waterson Club Babe #1
Jason Trost Smoking Guard
Milos Milicevic KFBR392 Guy
Christina Rouner News Anchor
Eugene Nosoff Russian Radio Voice

Technical Credits
Jorma Taccone Director,Screenwriter
Derrick Ballard Set Decoration/Design
Kathryn Brink Casting
Matthew Compton Score Composer
Erin David Executive Producer
Will Forte Screenwriter
John Goldwyn Producer
Jamie Gross Editor
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Season Kent Musical Direction/Supervision
Amahl H. Lovato Set Decoration/Design
Steven Maes Art Director
Hilary Marx Associate Producer
Seth Meyers Executive Producer
Lorne Michaels Producer
Susanna Puisto Costumes/Costume Designer
Akiva Schaffer Executive Producer
John Solomon Screenwriter
Tucker Tooley Executive Producer
Brandon Trost Cinematographer
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
Robb Wilson-King Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- MacGruber
1. Bad Guys (Main Titles) [4:15]
2. Our Holy Hope [:36]
3. I'm In [3:15]
4. The Team [1:35]
5. Rookie [1:13]
6. The New Team [1:28]
7. Sending a Message [4:23]
8. Taking Fire [:21]
9. The Celery Trick [2:04]
10. Low Profile [:40]
11. Got Company [3:46]
12. "I Like Holes" [1:47]
13. Moving On [:14]
14. Pound Cunth [1:37]
15. Throat Rippin' [:17]
16. Keep Shooting [1:17]
17. End of the Line [3:53]
18. A Little Trim [:27]
19. Not Done [:39]
20. End Titles [2:37]


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