Episode 6: MacGruber (2010)

In the first group pick episode, the guys talk one of their favorite go-to comedies in 2010’s MacGruber, directed by Jorma Taccone. Stemming from a brilliant series of Saturday Night Live skits, Will Forte’s MacGruber perfectly parodies B-level action heroes to the point where it’s easy to get lost and forget that you’re actually watching a comedy. And what a comedy it is. Forte and Kristen Wiig deliver laugh after laugh with smart, witty humor nestled comfortably alongside completely idiotic and even grotesque jokes that might make viewers who are a little uneasy with profanity uncomfortable, but that’s right in the Bit Players’ wheelhouse. Enjoy as the guys break down just what it is about MacGruber that makes it such a funny movie (and what makes Val Kilmer such a great villain), as well as a game of “Who Said It” and ideas for the sequel.

Ep 06 MacGruber (2010)
Director
Jorma Taccone
Stars
Will Forte
Kristen Wiig
Val Kilmer
Ryan Phillippe
Maya Rudolph

Curated by: The Bit Players

4.8


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Aired Friday, May 1, 2015
In the first group pick episode, the guys talk one of their favorite go-to comedies in 2010's MacGruber, directed by Jorma Taccone. Stemming from a brilliant series of Saturday Night Live skits, Will Forte's MacGruber perfectly parodies B-level action heroes to the point where it's easy to get lost and forget that you're actually watching a comedy. And what a comedy it is. Forte and Kristen Wiig deliver laugh after laugh with smart, witty humor nestled comfortably alongside completely idiotic and even grotesque jokes that might make viewers who are a little uneasy with profanity uncomfortable, but that's right in the Bit Players' wheelhouse. Enjoy as the guys break down just what it is about MacGruber that makes it such a funny movie (and what makes Val Kilmer such a great villain), as well as a game of "Who Said It" and ideas for the sequel.

The Action Hero Archetype Matrix

We’re looking at the archetypes, the forebears, the brave souls who punched and kicked and shot their ways into our hearts and minds and gave us a world where it is possible for someone like MacGruber to exist comfortably. We have argued our way to some sort of a consensus about the ultimate action hero archetypes in the form of a matrix; we’re using standard units of measurement for action heroes here (one-liner delivery ability over combat skills, obviously), and letting all of our favorite action heroes duke it out. If you don’t agree with a selection, please let us know, but feel solace in the fact that we probably didn’t agree either. In the end, we let the heroes themselves do the talking, through fist and mouth.

In celebration of our forthcoming episode on MacGruber, we wanted to pay tribute to all of the action heroes who paved the way for Grubes to do what he does. We're looking at the archetypes, the forebears, the brave souls who punched and kicked and shot their ways into our hearts and minds and gave us a world where it is possible for someone like MacGruber to exist comfortably. We have argued our way to some sort of a consensus about the ultimate action hero archetypes in the form of a matrix; we're using standard units of measurement for action heroes here (one-liner delivery ability over combat skills, obviously), and letting all of our favorite action heroes duke it out. If you don't agree with a selection, please let us know, but feel solace in the fact that we probably didn't agree either. In the end, we let the heroes themselves do the talking, through fist and mouth.