There’s a question comedy lovers have been asking for decades: Will anyone ever make a good movie out of a “Saturday Night Live” sketch? So far, “The Blues Brothers” worked pretty well, but only “Wayne’s World” was an actual hit. But make room for “MacGruber,” the “SNL” spoof of the hit 1980s gadget-heavy action show, “MacGyver,” which was a bit of a spoof itself.

There’s a question comedy lovers have been asking for decades: Will anyone ever make a good movie out of a “Saturday Night Live” sketch? So far, “The Blues Brothers” worked pretty well, but only “Wayne’s World” was an actual hit.


But make room for “MacGruber,” the “SNL” spoof of the hit 1980s gadget-heavy action show, “MacGyver,” which was a bit of a spoof itself.


Another question: Since most of the “MacGruber” sketches were only about a minute long, how do you stretch it to feature length?


Well, in this case, you start out on familiar turf, then shift into ridiculous mode.


We’ve got guns and bodies and big black cars and the villainous Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer, his hair tied up in a ponytail, and resembling a paunchy Steven Seagal), who has just stolen a nuclear warhead.


Cut to a peaceful Ecuadoran village where former military hero MacGruber (Will Forte), who everyone believes has been dead for 10 years, is – like so many former movie heroes before him – visited by an army honcho (Powers Boothe) who needs him to save the world.


“No, Colonel, I’m out of the game,” he says. Then the colonel mentions Cunth, MacGruber’s longtime nemesis. Our hero quickly changes his answer to, “I’m in.”


Pro wrestling aficionados will ooh and aah over the crack team MacGruber assembles, including WWE grapplers Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Kane and The Big Show. But let’s just say that something, um, happens, and a secondary team consisting of the eager Lt. Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe), who has a typo in his name tag, and the skittish Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) get the gig.


Stopping Cunth, however, doesn’t go quite as easily as MacGruber and his cohorts plan. Part of that is because the self-proclaimed leader brags that he never uses plans, and part of it is because he never uses guns.


But that doesn’t put it past him to use disguises, along with clothespins, buttons, dental floss and – in one of the year’s oddest and most tasteless scenes – a combination of nudity and celery. Oh, and like Patrick Swayze’s Dalton in “Road House,” he claims he also rips out throats.


This is a movie with a level of goofiness that knows no bounds.


There’s also lots of salty language in a rude-and-crude script featuring a great collection of dialogue that can’t be printed in a family newspaper. There are also subtitles, when necessary, blatant product placement for Blaupunkt car stereos, and a list of performers – Toto, Gerry Rafferty, Quarterflash and Michael Bolton – whose kitschy music plays in MacGruber’s car.


The main reason the film will keep people laughing is because it has a script that’s so bad, it’s funny.


MACGRUBER (R for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity.) Cast includes Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe,  Val Kilmer. Directed by Jorma Taccone. 3 stars out of 4