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MacGruber’ brings SNL skit to the big screen

Ankur Chawla | Tuesday, April 20, 2010

There will be a prescreening of Universal Pictures’ new movie “MacGruber,” scheduled for release in May, Thursday at 9 p.m.. The prescreening is at the Cinemark 14, two miles east of campus and free for students. Tickets will be handed out at various campus events this week, but they do not guarantee a seat. Students should arrive at the theater early to make sure they are seated.


“MacGruber” is an adaptation of the Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketch staring Will Forte (MacGruber) and Kristen Wiig (Vicki St. Elmo). The sketches are parodies of the 80s hit TV show “MacGyver.” All the sketches involve a bomb with limited time to defuse it, odd household materials and MacGruber failing to save the team. The smart money says that all of these will be a part of this summer blockbuster.


In the movie adaptation, Washington D.C. is the target of a nuclear warhead owned by MacGruber’s arch nemesis, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer). MacGruber is called in for duty. He must stop Dieter and protect Washington D.C. from the missile. If you love explosions and sophomoric humor, this movie is definitely for you.


“MacGruber” is not the first SNL sketch to be turned into a Hollywood film. Hits such as “The Blues Brothers” and “A Night at the Roxbury” got their storylines from SNL and became timeless classics. However, SNL has also given us flops such as “Coneheads” and “It’s Pat.” It’s hard to tell where “MacGruber” will fall among these movies, but you can find out for free this Thursday or look for the review in Monday’s paper.