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By Katy 

MacGruber(Rated R for portraying a giant douchebag in positive light).

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Synopsis: Did you watch the trailer? Did you catch that "THE BEST ACTION-COMEDY SINCE BEVERLY HILLS COP?" 'Nuff said. I was digging through some extra info on about.com and something the trailer failed to mention is the heartbreaking prologue to MacGruber: "In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber (Will Forte) has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands." Is that intentional? Did he continue to fight off crime with a machete and pick axe? I don't know. All I know is I don't like Will Forte and I don't find him even slightly amusing and that brings us right to...

My Take: I had a lot of thoughts run through my head when viewing this trailer. I should openly admit I had absolutely no idea this was an SNL movie and I therefore can assume MacGruber is some sort of SNL character (though why SNL would give Will Forte his own reoccurring character is bonkers to me). I don't like him. What I do like: Val Kilmer plays the uber-intelligent Dieter that MacGruber is sent to take down. This is clearly awesome because Kilmer is an over-the-top serious actor. Watching him act in a complete farce could be fun all of its very own. I hope halfway through the movie Kilmer just throws his drench coat on the ground and walks out of the film. If I'm let down I can always just spend my time admiring how pretty Ryan Phillippe still is. Or do none of these things while I'm not watching this movie.


Shrek Forever After (Rated PG, but no one really cares because all the stupid sequels of this movie really bankrupts the adorableness of the original movie).

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Synopsis: Shrek makes a deal with the devil! Not the kind of "PG" rated story I was looking for, but I'll bite. Shrek wants to know what it's like to be an ogre, which he already should know because he's already been an ogre. That and he could just rent Shrek and save himself the nightmare alternate universe he finds himself traversing. Again, we enjoy the prospect of a short, tiny, angry man ruling the land. Shrek's friends don't know him and everything in his life is turned upside down. Grass is always greener.. right? Not for Shrekster. But then he joins the rebellion to take down the empire, or something, so stuff happens and fart noises ensue and half-shaded sexual innuendos surface. It's Shrek; the "final" chapter.

My Take: I've been unhappy about this for a long time. I enjoyed the first Shrek, the second one was so-so and not worth making, and I didn't see the third. I do somewhat like the story line in this one, but I mostly like that Puss is back in it and he's fat and he does his adorable sad eyes. I'm not going out of my way to see this and it's totally not worth the extra $3 to see it in 3D. But, if it happens to be on and I'm somewhere and I'm high, I'll give it a shot.

7 comments:

  1. If you want to see Kilmer act in a silly comedy check out Real Genius and Top Secret. I have never seen this skit on SNL (for MacGruber, I've seen all the SNL Shrek skits), but I assume it's complete garbage. I like Kristen Wiig. I don't know if I think she's funny, though.

    Shrek Ever After is going to be even worse than MacGruber. Shrek 2 was awful and the trailer for Shrek 3 made Marmaduke look like Soccer Dog: The Movie.

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  2. "But, if it happens to be on and I'm somewhere and I'm high, I'll give it a shot."

    That line is so funny to me, because I can relate to it so well.

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  3. Val Kilmer looks like he's a flight of stairs away from a coronary. What happened?

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  4. I have a soft spot for Will Forte. A lot of his SNL sketches are terrible, but you can say that about pretty much everybody that has ever been on there exept maybe Norm MacDonald. I liked The Brothers Solomon, I didn't love it but it was more funny than it was not. A lot of time the MacGruber sketch is the only redeeming thing on any given episode of SNL. MacGruber is great because he plays the role of an action hero but is always tripped up by human foibles and his insecurity causing him and everyone he cares about to explode from a bomb blast. I have no idea how this will play out in a feature length movie it may funny or it may be as bad as Night at the Roxbury (or insert whatever horrible late 90s SNL movie that you haven't seen)

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  5. As bad as A Night at the Roxbury is, it still has a handfull of pretty funny jokes. Wayne's World has aged horribly. It's just 1.5 hours of commercial parodies.

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  6. yikes -- this was the first time i've seen the macgruber trailer. it looks awful. but i agree with bub re: the SNL sketch and will forte. the sketch makes me laugh (or it used to when i watched SNL reguarly), and he seems like a really nice guy. and i REALLY like kristen wiig. and i love k8y.

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