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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Big-screen SNL skit explodes with crass humor, sex, blood.

Movie R 2010 99 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

Great Satire Movie

I absolutely love this Satire masterpiece of an action movie.. it's so bad it's great! The entire movie is just the main guy being a total idiot throughout the entire thing and yet you still love him.. I would say it is like the movie "Johnny English" and "Team America" put together. The dark humour turned way up and much more disgusting humour as well. It's not for the faint hearted. Also massive sex scenes with no nudity except for a mans ass but you hear everything.
age 2+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
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This movie isn't smart enough or focused enough to qualify as a parody. On Saturday Night Live, MacGruber usually gets less than two minutes to diffuse a bomb, but is distracted at the last second, and everyone is blown to smithereens. Despite the repetitive formula, those sketches amuse with their attempt to parody action movies and TV shows from 1980s and 1990s (especially MacGyver, who also relied on everyday objects instead of guns). The MACGRUBER movie, instead, just tries to keep the audience constantly off-balance with increasing amounts of shock humor, including some over-the-top violence, and two cringe-worthy sex scenes.

Depending on your sense of humor, MacGruber is either vaguely interesting as the movie tries to top itself with gross-out violence and sexual humor, or full of laugh-out-loud crude jokes. Also, MacGruber is a supremely self-centered character, and with so much attention paid to his antics, talented supporters Kilmer, Wiig and Phillippe are more or less relegated to the sidelines. Director Jorma Taccone occasionally passes the time with some cheesy (and nostalgically funny) 1980s power pop. Teens won't get all the references to the '80s, but they'll still find MacGruber's dorky character oddly appealling and the crude humor endlessly delightful (and, perhaps unfortunately for parents, all too quotable).

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 21, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: September 7, 2010
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig , Ryan Phillippe , Will Forte
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Rogue Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 99 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity
  • Last updated: November 19, 2023

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