I’m more than a little disappointed that there’s not more popular resistance to the news that they’re making a MacGruber movie. You know, MacGruber – that 20 second MacGyver parody that was mildly amusing the first 5,000 times you saw it? The one where the hero dies at the end every time? That’s the one they’re trying to make into a feature film. As Bill “Put It All on Black” Bennett used to say, “Where is the outrage”? While everyone’s debating frivolities like cap and trade, health care reform, and the economy, Lorne Michaels is slipping another one of these awful, unwatchable SNL movie monstrosities past us. Look at this chart I made (made = cut and pasted from the Wikipedia entry on SNL.)
Clearly, it would be extremely hard to make a convincing artistic or financial case for pumping out another Pat or Stuart Saves His Family or whatever. If you take out Wayne’s World and the first Blues Brothers*, they have an uneven box office record, and they rarely break 50% critical ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. What are they thinking? Who greenlights these things?
The word is that Jorma Taccone from the [better than SNL] skit group The Lonely Island is set to direct, which is bizarre and disappointing. Apparently, they’re confident in handing over the reigns to first time director Taccone because he directed most of the MacGruber skits on the show. They apparently see no difference in the skills needed to direct a series of twenty second skits involving at most 4 actors that have all taken place in the same location and directing a major motion picture with a multi-million dollar budget and a crew of thousands. Also, according to Wikipedia, he is considered responsible for “creating the character” – which seems to me as dubious as saying Gilda Radner created the “character” of Baba Wawa or Eddie Murphy created Gumby or Buckwheat.
Ah well, it seems SNL flicks are death/taxes level inevitable at this point. If anything, I could watch it to answer my burning “How the hell do you make a movie out of that?” question . Then again, even that morbid rubbernecking curiosity hasn’t been enough to make me rent Cat in the Hat.
*I don’t buy their argument that The Waterboy is an SNL spinoff.