MacGruber reviews were likely expected to be quite low. After all, MacGruber reviews are for a movie based on a Saturday Night Live skit, which is usually strike one. In addition, it is based on a sketch that usually runs 90 seconds, for three times on a given week. It always ends with the character getting himself blown up, and they can’t do that every 90 seconds in a 90-minute movie. With that, and with the memories of past SNL movie bombs, MacGruber reviews probably should be in the bottom of the barrel – but they’re not.
Will Forte’s clueless bomb ‘expert’ was conceived as a wacky homage to MacGyver, who could use any household item to save the day. Of course, MacGruber uses far more insane tools, but his own bumbling idiocy always stops him from deactivating anything. But for the movie, he will actually have to deactivate something, as he comes out of retirement to stop terrorist mastermind Val Kilmer.
All signs pointed to lousy MacGruber reviews, but after it premiered at the SXSW festival a few months back, talkback was actually halfway good. Yet considering the low standards of “A Night At The Roxbury,” “Superstar,” “The Ladies Man” and other SNL films, any review at 2 stars or more would be a success.
However, MacGruber reviews are actually fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, at least for now. After a slew of early raves, however, the ratings have started to drop a bit. The Rotten Tomatoes meter is at 66% positive and dropping, with the average rating a mere 5.8 out of 10. Still, it does indicate that it won’t be among the worst SNL movie bombs.
Since MacGruber isn’t on late night anymore, his movie is a hard R, with tons of dirty jokes and vulgar comedy. Having Forte, Kristin Wiig and director Jorma Taccone go that all out works for many critics thus far. But others still insist that the sketch has no right being a movie, and believe it squanders what potential it had.
Even with the better than expected MacGruber reviews, the movie may have a hard time contending at the box office. Past SNL films were the headliners of a given weekend, but this one is opening opposite Shrek Forever After, and is released by the relatively small Rogue Studios. Plus, there may be no more room for macho heroes, comedic or otherwise, next week after Sex and the City 2 takes over.
MacGruber reviews may not be funnier than the movie itself, but it might still take all of MacGruber’s non-existent defusing skills to defuse a box office bomb.
Rotten Tomatoes- “MacGruber”
Entertainment Weekly- “Shrek kicks off the sure-to-be successful summer kid flick biz”