MacGruber (2010) This is an action comedy film based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name. It is a parody of action-adventure television series MacGyver and 80s action films in general. It's imperative you have a sense of what SNL parodies the do and what the film is riffing on, before watching it. If you aren't a fan of SNL or never watched Macgyver, this movie will likely be lost on you. I don't feel this movie had a chance to stand on its own, without the above referenced precursors. This is also why I think it was marginalized by critics and did poorly at the box office. No matter, it's now considered a cult classic. This is largely due to a stellar cast. Although there we a few missteps, this movie generally avoided avoided the common mistakes of cheap humor often made in these type of movies. This film delivered a decent blend of comedy and nostalgia that makes it worth checking out.
In the Dzhugdzhur Mountains, Eastern Siberia, the criminal Dieter Von Cunth steals a Russian X5 nuclear warhead. Colonel James Faith travels to Rio Bamba, Ecuador, with the efficient Lieutenant Dixon Piper to summon the retired special operative MacGruber to retrieve the X5. MacGruber is considered deceased after the death of his beloved wife Casey by his archenemy Cunth in their wedding. MacGruber teams up with Piper and Vicki St. Elmo and they learn that the evil Cunth intends to use the warhead to destroy Washington D.C.
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