Universal had released three official photos from MacGruber, a spoof of the TV show “MacGyver” and a spin-off of the recurring bit on “Saturday Night Live.” Will Forte stars as the titular crime fighter, plus Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillipe, and Val Kilmer as Dieter Von Cunth (the “H” is apparently silent).
I was hesitant at first because of SNL’s track record of turning short sketches into feature-length garbage, but an early review of the R-rated movie has me cautiously optimistic. The pre-screening reaction on The Vertex Blog called it “the best SNL film since Wayne’s World back in 1992.”
Take a look at the synopsis below:
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 bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In 2010, Will Forte brings Saturday Night Live’s clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen in the action comedy MacGruber.
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 (Val Kilmer), MacGruber figures he’s the only one tough enough for the job.
Assembling an elite team of experts–Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig)–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.