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Hello, everyone!

I know the summer movie season is begun with the release of blockbuster types like “Iron Man 2” and “Robin Hood” the last few weeks.  But this week….frankly I’m disappointed.  It’s almost as if Hollywood exhausted itself over the last two weeks of hype and now is taking a breather.

But, we have a duty here at the MovieDruid to report the weeks of junk as much as the weeks of the fantastic.  So, that being said let’s take a look….

“MacGruber”

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Synopsis: Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that’s been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth, MacGruber figures he’s the only one tough enough for the job. Assembling an elite team of experts–Lt. Dixon Piper and Vicki St. Elmo–MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I understand the humor in parody, really I do.  But, this just doesn’t look funny.  For one thing why spoof “MacGyver” 18 years after it was cancelled.  I’m guessing there is a fairly sizable part of the younger portion of the target demographic that have never even heard of “MacGyver.”  I know they are probably mixing in some other properties as well, but it hardly seems to matter in this case.  It seems like almost all the quality talent in parody and satire have dried up in recent years and this is the sort of thing we are left with.  It’s a sad time if that’s the case.

“Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

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Synopsis: After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, what’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What’s happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met.

MovieDruid’s Comments: Pick of the Week pretty much by default.  I can’t really bring myself to fully endorse a fourth “Shrek” movie, but at the same time I can’t completely discount it either.  Somehow I get enticed to the theater for each new Shrek installment and there always seems to be at least one aspect that makes me laugh.  They definitely have some solid talent involved in these films, so it is hard to imagine the thing being a total bust.  Still few franchises can maintain quality into a fourth film and comedy is even harder in that respect.  I know I’ll see this one at some point, but I imagine this is the one that gets to second-run or even DVD before I partake.

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