As those of us longtime fans of “Saturday Night Live” know, turning a five-minute skit into a two-hour movie can be either the best idea ever or the worst. Really, there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to “SNL” films. Next month, “MacGruber,” the latest of the “SNL” flicks, hits theaters. In case you missed the skit on the small screen, Will Forte plays MacGruber—a spoof of the ’80s TV detective MacGyver. The film, based on some kind of far-fetched nuclear weapons plot, will also star Ryan Phillippe as his sidekick, Kristin Wiig as his love interest, and Val Kilmer as the villain. I must admit I’m a wee bit nervous. Is this film really a good idea? [Moviefone]
To help you judge, after the jump we acknowledge the “SNL” movies that were true hits. And some miserable misses.The Best “SNL” Films:
- “Wayne’s World.” You were nothing in middle school if you didn’t see this “SNL” adaptation. Mike Myers plays Wayne Campbell and Dana Carvey play Garth Algar, hosts of a cable access TV show in Aurora, IL. Schwing!
- “The Blues Brothers.” This was the first and arguably the best “SNL” film of all time, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as brothers who reform their R&B band. You need to see it if you haven’t already.
- “Wayne’s World 2.” The first one was so good that they needed as second. It might not have been as good as the first … but still top-notch.
- “A Night At The Roxbury.” You kind of can’t help but laugh at cheesy, nightclubbing brothers Doug and Steve Butabi, played by Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan.
- “Superstar.” I was a big fan of Molly Shannon as awkward, Catholic schoolgirl Mary Catherine Gallagher. Put the character with Will Ferrell for two hours and you have some LMAO moments.
The Worst “SNL” Films:
- “It’s Pat.” Sure we all looked forward to Julia Sweeney’s sexually ambiguous character, Pat, each week. But on the big screen: not so much. Did anyone actually see that film besides me? I didn’t think so.
- “Stuart Saves His Family.” Stuart Smalley should have stuck to his daily affirmations on “SNL.” The film wasn’t good enough, smart enough, and dog gonnit, people didn’t like it.
- “The Ladies Man.” Tim Meadows as “The Ladies Man”? Eh on “SNL.” Uggh in movie theaters.
- “Coneheads.” Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtain’s “Coneheads” were comic genius on “SNL.” But who wants to watch a comedy about the Conehead immigrant experience in Paramus, NJ? Not me.
- “Blues Brothers 2000.” I know some people liked this updated “Blue’s Brothers” film. I love me some John Goodman, but it just wasn’t the same without Belushi.