Saturday Night Live doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to big-screen adaptations. It’s Pat: The Movie, anyone? So it’s understandable to be skeptical about Macgruber, a movie based ostensibly on a sketch that only lasts about 30 seconds and always ends in Will Forte being exploded. That said, the red band trailer does have its moments. For instance, watching Macgruber tear out the throat of a henchman and his homoerotic explanation wrestled a smile from me.
It’s an action comedy, which is something that Saturday Night Live has never done before and I think it shows. If the main character wasn’t named Macgruber, you’d have a hard time convincing me that it had anything to do with SNL. The fact that Macgruber is carrying an R-rating, whereas every other SNL flick has been PG-13, is also a bit of a welcome surprise. Then again, I would not be surprised if the whole thing culminates in a giant warhead exploding. There’s no doubt that this movie is going to be stupid, but with a decent cast (Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillipe, Kristen Wiig), lots of explosions, and a plethora of dick jokes, it might be fun too.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer along with the official synopsis. MacGruber hits theaters on May 21st.
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Here’s the official synopsis for MacGruber:
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 the 10 years since his fiancee 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, MacGruber figures he’s the only one tough enough for the job. Assembling an elite team of experts — Lt. Dixon Piper and Vicki St. Elmo — 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.