Real funny. I like Bridesmaids. The reason why I mention this movie, because everyone deems Bridesmaids to be the funniest movie in a while and yes, I agree. It's funny. I enjoy that movie. But it's too long. 20 minutes too long. MacGruber is a lean 90 minutes of laughs. If you've seen Bridesmaids, then why not follow Wiig to MacGruber and see what you're missing.
80s/90s Action Cinema
The movie is clearly an homage to the 80s and 90s action movies I grew up loving, even if its not the intention of the creative team behind the movie. In fact, that's exactly why its a great homage. Hot Fuzz was a fantastic send-off of action flicks and carried a "wink and nod" mentality with the audience throughout. MacGruber is different. It strikes gold because the movie lives and breathes that 80s/90s action genre. It's not making fun of it. It's reveling in it.
MacGruber is not only the world's only hope for survival, he fucking knows it, too. The man does not take shit from anyone and, when faced with a difficult decision, he stubbornly refuses to think things through. He just...does. Guys are shooting at him? Grab the kid next to you and use him as a shield. Guards at the gate? Shove a piece of celery in your ass and distract them. (Damn right, don't wash that thing!) No gun? No problem. Just rip a few throats with your bare hands. Guy cuts you off with his car? Obsess about it until you find that guy and his car and torch it!
The ultimate deflowering line when told by his soon-to-be lover, Vicky St. Claire, as he's about to kiss her: "Wait, I'm a virgin" and MacGruber comes back with: "Not for long." Come on! It screams machismo and ridiculousness at the same time and you love it! (Not to mention the Top Gun-esque love scene which rivals Hot Shots)
Speaking of Hot Shots...
...and The Naked Gun series and Airplane! Where have these movies gone? The inane comedy genre has always been a favorite of mine. Not only the David Zucker directed laugh-fests, but other comedies that teeter on the brink of surrealism. Clue, Real Genius, and the aforementioned Hot Fuzz are all classic comedies in my book.
Finally, I have one more reason why MacGruber is the best movie in the last five years...the man knows how to enter a party. (Look below)