After learning that it was going to be a hard-R comedy that played on 80s-action movie tropes, the complete and utter disdain for the film adaptation of the SNL sketch MacGruber has turned into cautious excitement. That cautious excitement has built as a review from a recent test screening says, “MacGruber is the best SNL movie since Wayne’s World in 1992.” The review, posted on The Vertex, provides a plot synopsis that lines up with the one Universal provided back in October:
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.
In addition to having high praise for Forte, Ryan Phillipe (who plays “Special Agent Piper, a young rookie whose tendency to follow the rules clashes with MacGruber’s no-holds-barred attitude”), and Kristen Wiig (“MacGruber’s new love interest, the impressionable and naïve Vicki St. Elmo’), the reviewer provides some examples of the humor like MacGruber driving everywhere in a red Miata and a joke where Cunth asks his henchmen why they didn’t capture MacGruber and it was because they didn’t think he was a threat because they thought he was retarded. While this was just a test screening and the film has a long way to go to its April 16, 2010 release date, we may have to start accepting that a MacGruber movie may actually be good.