Reviews: Mac Gruber
I'll start with this: This isn't the movie I expected from the trailers. I'll get to why in a moment. First and foremost, I wonder how many writers this film had. I really do, because it seems to have about three different approaches — with some overlap — going on throughout the movie:
- A surprisingly decent action movie with twists and explosions. Seriously, without the jokes (forced and otherwise) and a little more depth, there's a passable action flick hiding in there that happens to be saddled with the rest of it.
- A spoof that knows the meaning of subtlety (not that subtle, mind you, but familiar with it as a concept) and derives a lot of humor from sticking two relatively sane people with a hero who oscillates between manic Psycho For Hire, colossal jerk, flashes of brilliance, and flashes of incompetence where the script calls for it. As a rule, these parts work.
- A Shallow Parody hinging on cheap jokes and Refuge In Vulgarity. A few of these jokes were funny, the rest... got in the way.