I don’t usually watch Saturday Night Live that much these days but have certainly been a sporadic fan over the years of certain skits and characters particularly the classic episodes featuring John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray and Dan Akroid. But one thing I have come to hold as a rule: SNL skits make lousy movies (the one exception that comes to mind is The Blues Brothers). It’s one thing to make people laugh for 3-4 minutes in a show of short skits but quite another to develop those same characters and plot into something that actually works as a full-length feature film.
While I am generally pretty good at keeping this principle in mind when I watch movies I occasionally get sucked into an SNL skit-turned-movie by the previews. Unfortunately this happened last night. I dropped by our local Walgreens to pick up some dark chocolate and noticed the new Red Box DVD rental out in front. I figured paying a dollar for a DVD was pretty low risk. Well, after renting MacGruber, the movie made from the SNL skit parody of McGyver I want my dollar back! The previews actually made it seem like it would be pretty good. But the previews truly had the only funny parts. I would offer further review of the movie but I honestly don’t want to waste anymore of my time on it.
So here’s the question of the day:
- What is the worst SNL skit-turned-movie that you have come across?
- The second question: is there an SNL skit that actually worked as a movie?