Will Forte is a talented, funny guy, and I would like to see him make a successful transition from Saturday Night Live
to the big screen. Unfortunately for Forte, MacGruber
, his first starring big-screen role, is far from a success. While Forte gives it his all, and fellow SNL
writer Jorma Taccone makes a valiant effort in his feature-directing debut, the 90-second sketch doesn’t prove itself worthy of a big-screen treatment. The recurring sketch has been good for a laugh or two on SNL
. Most recently, MacGruber—an homage to TV action-hero MacGyver—tried to diffuse a bomb while dealing with his unnatural attraction to his grandma (played by Betty White in her SNL
hosting debut). On the big screen, MacGruber battles the evil Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer) and his hijacked nuclear bomb. The MacGruber premise gets stretched too thin—and Forte shouldn’t quit his TV job quite yet.
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'MacGruber' has some decent laughs—but not enough of them