MacGruber takes action cinema to new lows

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A parody of the ’80s TV show MacGyver, MacGruber began as a short recurring skit on Saturday Night Live with Will Forte starring as the title character. The skit only has one joke: while trying to deactivate some sort of timed death trap, MacGruber invariably fails and the death trap goes off. This was kind of funny the first few times, but it doesn’t take long for the concept to be run into the ground. Somehow, Forte and his team of writers have managed to come up with another handful of jokes for MacGruber’s first (and hopefully last) feature length adventure. Here, MacGruber has to find a nuclear warhead before his enemy (Val Kilmer) detonates it. None of the new jokes are funny even the first time, but that doesn’t stop the movie from repeating them ad nauseam. Ultimately, MacGruber comes off as one of the stupidest and most unlikable characters ever to take center stage in a major motion picture. *

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