There was a strange phenomenon happening with MacGruber in its early months of test screenings -- the project quickly went from a laughably ill-advised idea to a buzzed-about, anticipated comedy, and nobody could believe it. I saw the movie last night, and I can tell you that although I definitely did laugh quite a bit, it is far from a classic, and anything but brilliant. Stupid, childish, forgettable fun, however? That, it absolutely is. And I think that's all it wants to be.
Calliope was the muse of epic poetry. Urania was the muse of astronomy. Terpsichore was the muse of song and dance. Val Kilmer was the muse of... Mike Myers? He didn't conspire to inspire Myers (hey, that rhymes! Thanks, Calliope!) to create The Love Guru -- we can thank Deepak Chopra for that pile of inspiration -- but he did inspire the former Saturday Night Live comedian in another of his creations. One of his smaller creations, in fact. A miniature, if you will. As Val Kilmer confessed to MTV recently, he was behind the creation of Mini-Me.