Let’s play Rank the “Saturday Night Live” Movies!
We’ll go first. “The Blues Brothers” did it first and, arguably, best. “Wayne’s World” has got to be up there, and for some strange reason, we have a soft spot for “Coneheads.” At the other end of our highly subjective spectrum, we’ve got “It’s Pat,” “The Ladies Man” and “Blues Brothers 2000″ duking it out for last place.
Where might Will Forte’s [movie id="431913"]“MacGruber”[/movie] fall? The early buzz on this adaptation of a sketch about a wildly incompetent action hero is largely positive. Forte himself isn’t bothered by the comparisons to “SNL” flicks past. If you ask him, the varying reception of those films is about on par with the way decades’ worth of movies have been embraced — or rejected — by the public.
“The ‘SNL’ track record is about the same as the movies-in-general track record,” he told MTV News. “There are a lot of crappy movies out there and a lot of great movies. Sure, there has been some ‘SNL’-based movies that have sucked; there have been some great ones.”
And the great ones, as anyone who plays Rank the “Saturday Night Live” Movies can attest, are certainly in dispute. No one will argue against the enduring appeal of the first “Blues Brothers” or “Wayne’s World” films, but it gets trickier from there on out. Just ask “MacGruber” director Jorma Taccone.
“It’s funny, because I feel like there tends to be a lot of bad stuff talked about ‘SNL’ films online, and some of those films I think have a lot of funny parts to them. I’m actually a fan of ‘Ladies Man,’ and I’m a fan of ‘Night at the Roxbury.’ Those are funny movies to me. This movie is not at all those movies. It’s entirely different than people are thinking it’s going to be.”
For one, half of what flies across the big screen in a series of curses and explosions would never make it onto network TV. And, more importantly, MacGruber doesn’t blow himself up one minute into the story (as happens in all his “SNL” sketches). The bottom line is that everyone involved had their eyes less on fidelity to sketch comedy and more on making a killer movie.
“We weren’t worried about the ‘SNL’ aspect of the movie,” Forte said. “We just tried to make the best movie we could.”
Added Taccone: “We just wanted to take this character who we loved, who’s a tremendously flawed individual, who’s somehow loveable, and stick him in an ’80s action movie.”
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