20 Films Like MacGruber to Look ahead to Extra Motion-Comedy

MacGruber, he made a freaking film. After starring in one of many biggest comedies of the 2010s, it appeared like MacGruber had faked his demise for one more decade, nevertheless it turned out he was simply in jail. The silly, egocentric, insecure explosives knowledgeable has come a good distance from stealing automotive stereos, and he’s lastly returning to tv. Everybody ought to be celebrating the return of the Mac. A sequel was teased periodically by means of the years, however Will Forte’s nagging success with Final Man on Earth prevented the co-writer and star’s recommitment to the vest and mullet. The sequel sequence, streaming completely on Peacock, reunites Forte together with his co-writers John Solomon and Jorma Taccone, the latter of whom additionally directed the movement image. It additionally reunites MacGruber together with his, now ex, spouse Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig), and his good friend Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe).

MacGruber (2010) toes the road between slapstick spoof and action-comedy. The tempest of references to Saturday Evening Stay skits, invincible motion hero photos, and MacGuyver move effortlessly by means of the comedic presentation and performances. Forte delivered an all-time nice comedic efficiency by means of his bodily performing and unbelievable line supply. He bounces between tacky motion star and ineffective narcissist seemingly effortlessly. His facial contortions intensify the extremity of his wackiness. From f’ing ghosts, to rippin’ throats, the movie by no means stops pushing the boundaries of its absurdity. The endlessly quotable comedy is extra than simply the main man’s exceptionally humorous efficiency. Val Kilmer, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, and Maya Rudolph breathe life into the dry navy backdrop. The oddballs and straight performed characters contribute to an image value greater than the sum of its components–which might already be substantial. For extra absurd, hilarious, star-studded comedies, take a look at the curated listing beneath.

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21 Soar Road

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Administrators: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Writers: Michael Bacall, Jonah Hill, Patrick Hasburgh

Forged: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Dice, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle

Earlier than SpiderMan: Into The Spiderverse blew everybody’s thoughts, earlier than they have been changed on Solo: A Star Wars Story, earlier than The Lego Film warmed hearts and constructed the inspiration of a cinematic universe, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller stunned audiences with a humorous adaptation of an ’80s tv sequence. 21 Soar Road, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as two cops undercover in a California highschool, cracked individuals up with its mix of motion and comedy. It’s a celebration up entrance and enterprise within the again on this story about undercover cops attempting to bust a highschool drug ring. The premise may simply have slid hoaky or problematic, however the solid and writing hold the tone gentle and breezy. The supporting solid is full of acquainted faces and younger expertise, and it options one among Ice Dice’s funniest performances. Hill and Tatum’s chemistry and comedic timing are a delight. They’re half buddy cop, half Dumb and Dumber. It doesn’t dabble in absurdism or slapstick like among the different motion pictures on this listing, nevertheless it’s a laugh-out-loud comedy that tees up a sequel with extra to take pleasure in.


22 Soar Road


Administrators: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Writers: Michael Bacall, Oren Uzeil, Rodney Rothman

Forged: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Dice, Nick Offerman, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell

Within the spirit of sequels that subvert the method of the progenitor—Ocean’s 12, The Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath 2, Aliens–22 Soar Road ups the stakes, amplifies the absurdity, and pokes enjoyable on the franchise alongside the way in which. Hill and Tatum reunite as Schmidt and Jenko who’re tasked with infiltrating a school drug ring. The movie takes a meta strategy to apparent criticisms of the lead actor’s ages in comparison with their roles, and the unoriginality of repeating an identical story throughout motion pictures. The flexibility of the filmmakers and solid to snort at themselves alongside the viewers is commendable. Like its predecessor, the movie retains the tone gentle–an indicator of Lord and Miller’s filmography. Its self-referential nature means the film doesn’t take itself too critically. It retains the jokes coming proper on into the credit, spoofing the inventive methods Hollywood works to retell the identical tales.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

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Director: Steve Oedekerk

Writers: Steve Oedekerk, Jack Bernstein

Forged: Jim Carrey, Ian McNeice, Simon Callow, Maynard Eziashi, Bob Gunten, Sophie Okonedo

After an unprecedented yr in 1994–starring in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Masks, and Dumb and DumberJim Carrey slipped again into the Hawaiian shirt and slicked up hairdo of Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. This sequel one-ups the unique in each approach. It’s wackier, louder, and much more excessive. From the Cliffhanger parody within the opening all the way down to the fade-out on the finish, Ace blasts the viewers over the top with tacky, ridiculous line supply. Carrey’s traditional vocal and facial manipulation create a dynamic vary of expression for Ace to exist and annoy actually everybody. Directed by Steve Oedekerk, who would go on to put in writing and direct Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls is among the director’s first steps on his street to comedy greatness. Whereas Oedekerk wrote a number of movies Jim Carrey starred in, that is the one alternative the author/director needed to direct the timeless star.

Austin Powers Worldwide Man of Thriller

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Director: Jay Roach

Author: Mike Myers

Forged: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers, Robert Wagner, Seth Inexperienced

Within the 90s, Mike Myers dominated the world. Waynes World 1 and Waynes World 2, So I Married an Axe Assassin, and two Austin Powers movies solidified the comedy icon as a movie legend. He performed to his strengths within the 007 spoof sequence Austin Powers, and he launched the character in an all-time nice satire. Austin Powers: Worldwide Man of Thriller rocketed Austin Powers, a James Bond-type spy, from the Nineteen Sixties into the Nineteen Nineties, and he introduced each anachronism he may with him. Myers performs each protagonist and antagonist as Austin Powers and his arch-nemesis, Dr. Evil. The “fish out of water” schtick is performed to most impact as Powers (Mike Myers), a swinging spy from the ‘60s, makes an attempt to navigate the social local weather of America within the Nineteen Nineties. Behind the bond parody and limitless intercourse jokes lies a film about identification and private evolution. However on the finish of the day, the movie, and sequence, is remembered for its persistent and crass humorousness. Like MacGruber and MacGuyver, one solely wants a passing data of the supply materials to understand the skewing.

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

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Director: Jay Roch

Writers: Mike Myers, Michael McCullers

Forged: Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Seth Inexperienced, Mindy Sterling

One other incredible sequel gracing the listing, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is the colourful follow-up to the 1997 unique, nonetheless written partially by and starring Mike Myers. The film takes the viewers again from the Nineteen Nineties to the Nineteen Sixties as Austin Powers chases Dr. Evil by means of time. The place many sequels go larger or in a distinct path, The Spy Who Shagged Me looks like a continuation of the characters and gags from the primary flick. Myers strapped on some prosthetics and a kilt to play a 3rd character within the franchise, a mercenary referred to as Fats Bastard. It’s only a foolish and tawdry as its predecessor, and it doesn’t mess around an excessive amount of with the time journey plot components–even breaking the fourth wall to inform viewers to show their brains off and benefit from the comedy spectacle quite than dissect the theoretical physics of all of it. Nonetheless, the movie sees a extra delicate aspect of Austin who’s suffering from insecurity following the theft of his mojo–his virality, his verve. The kick-ass, comedic, insecure motion star’s self-awareness separates him from MacGruber as a person, and as a film star.

Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar

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Director: Josh Greenbaum

Writers: Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig

Forged: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., Reyn Doi, Adrian Makala

Something goes in Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar, and nothing might be assumed. Kristen Wiig and co-star, and co-writer, Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids) turned in a unusual, heartwarming, hilarious, and wild comedy centered round two middle-aged midwest ladies on trip. Spelled out, it sounds generic, however the movie is extra Austin Powers than it’s Dangerous Mothers. Kristen Wiig shimmers as Star and because the tacky, pale, maniacal villain, Sharon Gordon Fisherman. Sharon’s scheme to unleash a submarine swarming with lethal mosquitos in a revenge plot in opposition to the city of Vista Del Mar matches kindly alongside Dr. Evil’s want for sharks with freaking laser beams hooked up to their heads. There’s a love triangle, a nonchalant strategy to sexuality, and multiple track and dance quantity. Annie Mumolo shines simply as brilliant enjoying Barb, the widow with some self-exploration to do. She and Wiig spit out dialogue scary quick of their clean midwest accents. Their commentary and friendship are pleasant. Be a part of Barb and Star at Vista Del Mar, or miss one among 2021’s finest comedies.

Black Dynamite

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Director: Scott Sanders

Writers: Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, Scott Sanders

Forged: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Corridor, Tommy Davidson, Byron Minns, Kevin Chapman

If MacGruber didn’t exist, Black Dynamite is perhaps the funniest film of the twenty first century. The satirical replace on blaxploitation b-movies captures the feel and appear of ’70s grindhouse cinema whereas mocking it. Co-writer and star Michael Jai White whips and slays a lot ass because the titular, Black Dynamite. No stranger to the main male position–he’s freaking Spawn–White’s physicality and explosive line supply makes Black Dynamite as enjoyable to observe as he’s to take heed to. Whether or not he’s practising his Kung Fu or cleansing up the streets, he’s entertaining as hell. Black Dynamite crafts a complete world populated by intriguing characters. There’s little marvel why the flicks spawned an anime prequel sequence following Black Dynamite, Bullhorn, Cream Corn, and Honeybee. The movie is endlessly entertaining and jam-packed with jokes and visible gags that pile over each other, layer over layer, like a comedy cake. The worst factor about Black Dynamite is that we nonetheless haven’t gotten a sequel.

Sizzling Rod

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Director: Akiva Schaffer

Author: Pam Brady

Forged: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Jorma Taccone, Invoice Hader, Danny McBride, Ian McShane

Starring Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone–the director and one of many writers of MacGruber the film, sequence, and deliberate sequel image–as brothers bent on elevating sufficient cash for his or her step-father’s coronary heart operation, Sizzling Rod is hilarious. With a sturdy supporting solid together with Will Arnett, Chris Parnell, and Sissy Spacek alongside the already listed solid, the film arrived as an prompt traditional. Rod (Andy Samberg) is elevating cash to repair his stepdad’s coronary heart in order that he can attempt to kick his ass as soon as he’s wholesome. He sells tickets, rents his time, and accepts ideas for stunting. It’s charming and ridiculous watching his crew design small-scale methods for Rod to harm himself for a couple of bucks. The film gives a number of avenues for humor exterior of the pure schadenfreude of watching Rod damage himself. Its inventive use of enhancing creates a few the very best bits within the movie. All of that to say, Sizzling Rod has layers. It’s the most effective comedies of the 2000s period, and it is no shock nearly everybody within the film has ventured in direction of continued success.

Sizzling Pictures!

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Director: Jim Abrahams

Writers: Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft

Forged: Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Llyod Bridges, Kevin Dunn, Jon Cryer

By 1991, it was an honor to be spoofed by Jim Abrahams and Pat Proft. Sizzling Pictures! pokes enjoyable on the late, nice Tony Scott’s High Gun. Starring Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, and a bunch of parents from Seinfeld, Sizzling Pictures! Is a ’90s treasure. Like a couple of of the parodies on this listing, familiarity with the supply materials enriches the expertise, however the slapstick goofs endemic to an Abrahams comedies are all on show. The film mocks greater than Tony Scott’s traditional, it mocks the navy et al. The massive-budget comedy is the primary pairing of the Two And A Half Males duo of Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer. Given the author and director in addition to the supply materials, is shocking Val Kilmer doesn’t pop in with a wink and a nod on this absurd hit.

The Interview


Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogan

Writers: Dan Sterling, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogan

Forged: James Franco, Seth Rogan, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang, Timothy Simons

The Interview is one among a number of pleasant productions by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogan. Whereas Rogan is a comedy legend by this level, the 2 have been instrumental within the TV variations of Preacher and The Boys by Garth Ennis. Earlier than they struck success producing TV variations of graphic novels, the 2 teamed up for a couple of superior comedies together with 50/50, This Is the Finish, Neighbors, and The Interview. In The Interview, Rogan is the producer of a broadly circulated leisure discuss present hosted by Dave Skylark (James Franco). They land an interview with the supreme chief of North Korea, the authoritarian Kim Jong-un (Randall Park). Skylark and his producer are recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim. It’s excessive, simply fully ridiculous, however the film is injected with vitality because of the apparent enjoyable the solid–and hopefully crew–had making the film. It’s one of many final Rogan and Franco photos, as a result of allegations and authorized bother surrounding Franco, so take pleasure in their electrical dynamic one final time on this absurd image.


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Director: Peter Atencio

Writers: Jordan Peele, Alex Rubens

Forged: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, Technique Man, Darrell Britt-Gibson

Key and Peele made the soar to the large display screen in Keanu following the tip of their hit sketch comedy present on Comedy Central. Written and directed by Key and Peele alumni, Peter Atencia, the film looks like a long-form adaptation of their sketch comedy. The film is suffering from logos and callbacks to their present–them enjoying a number of characters, wordness to the turdness, Liam Neesons by means of–however all 4 seasons aren’t a prerequisite for enjoyment. The film follows the boys on a weekend journey to rescue Jordan Peele’s new kitten, Keanu, who was stolen throughout a house invasion. A case of mistaken identification will get Key and Peele within the door with the seventeenth road Blips. The Blips are the latest, hardest gangsters round, however even they really feel they’ve one thing to be taught from the Allentown brothers, the duo whose identification the protagonists have adopted as a way to additional their investigation. The tone and visible type are expressly aligned with MacGruber, proper on all the way down to the celebration of ’80s music.

The Bare Gun: From the Information of Police Squad


Director: David Zucker

Writers: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Pat Proft

Forged: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson

David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Pat Proft are among the most influential names in comedy. Their slapstick revival introduced as spoofs of in style movies and filmmaking tendencies spawned among the most ridiculous and hilarious motion pictures of the late twentieth century. Regardless of all of their affect, the film that the majority feels at dwelling alongside MacGruber is The Bare Gun: From the Information of Police Squad. Police Squad was a brief present that ran briefly within the Nineteen Eighties. It launched detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) and the police squad he depends on to crack circumstances and fight crime. The film completely lifted the tone and overly literal model of comedy from TV to movie. The Bare Gun doesn’t get included in conversations surrounding finest adaptation, although it’s rightfully revered as a comedy traditional. Its unending, “sure and…” strategy to its jokes pushes every gag to the restrict of its comedic potential, together with a intercourse scene to rival the awkward genius of MacGruber’s.

The Different Guys

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Adam McKay, Chris Henchy

Forged: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson

Relating to Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, most individuals’s first ideas is perhaps Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers, or Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, all of that are distinctive comedies. One among their motion pictures stands out, although, when in comparison with MacGruber; The Different Guys. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star as The Different Guys. They’re the dudes on the police drive submitting paperwork whereas the hero cops in motion pictures–like Deadly Weapon–are out combating individuals, taking pictures weapons, chasing criminals, and strolling away naturally as explosions erupt behind them. Will Ferrell’s buttoned-up persona hides the most effective bits within the movie and pairs swimmingly with Mark Wahlberg’s over keen badass with one thing to show. Their superb comedy dynamic is so highly effective, studios tried to recreate the electrical energy within the comedy franchise Daddy’s Dwelling.

Pineapple Specific

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Director: David Gordon Inexperienced

Writers: Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg, Judd Apatow

Forged: Seth Rogan, James Franco, Gary Cole, Danny McBride, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson

Pineapple Specific might be the very best contribution to the stoner comedy style of the brand new millennium–no hate Jay and Silent Bob, please don’t monitor me down and whoop my ass. The harmless stoner picture of the 2 protagonists is sharply contrasted in opposition to the cutthroat world of drug empires warring over territory and provide. Seth Rogan and James Franco lit up the display screen, amongst different issues, as Dale and Saul. Dale and Saul are two potheads linked by commerce that wind up in a world of hazard on account of Dale witnessing a homicide at Saul’s weed provider’s home. Bonafide comedy geniuses like Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down), Craig Robinson (The Workplace), and Gary Cole (Veep) are only a few faces amongst a steady of humorous people. The motion within the latter half, and the thematic throughline of friendship and perseverance are traditional MacGruber, and each fan, smoker or not, ought to cross this joint off the listing.

Robin Hood: Males in Tights

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Director: Mel Brooks

Writers: J.D. Shapiro, Evan Chandler, Mel Brooks

Forged: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Reeves, Amy Yasbeck, Dave Chappell

Like Younger Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Males in Tights is a tongue and cheek skewering of the traditional story instructed again and again. This telling comes by the use of Mel Brooks‘ particular tone of sarcasm and satire. It’s without delay a wonderful parody and a incredible standalone rendition of the story of Robin Hood. Starring Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Dave Chappell (Chappells Present), and Richard Lewis (Curb Your Enthusiasm), the film is a couple of rugged, charming, succesful hero liberating his individuals from the forces of tyranny—MacGruber’s moist dream. Mel Brooks takes on a brand new technology of comedians and actors with this solid, however the film isn’t left wanting over it. Like a Jim Abrams or a Zucker image, the film breezes from one joke to the subsequent, intermingling visible gags as arrange or punchline. It’s a terrific comedy that takes place exterior the trendy, militaristic setting MacGruber followers is perhaps blissful to take a break from.

High Secret!

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Administrators: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Writers: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Forged: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Jerry Kemp, Warren Clark, Michael Gough, Peter Cushing

Following their success with Airplane!, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker returned 4 years later with High Secret! Val Kilmer stars on this worldwide spy spoof a couple of rock n’ roll musician on a cultural mission in east berlin within the Fifties. In between musical numbers, Kilmer helps a lady in want who occurs to be concerned in a French resistance plot to cease the ruling regime’s plot to decimate the NATO powers’ naval would possibly. Like all of their comedies, High Secret! Is an limitless tide of punchlines. Kilmer’s satan could care angle within the face of threats makes him extra cool than comedic more often than not, however he’s not misplaced, he’s half the enjoyable. Given the writers, it’s as excessive and foolish as one may count on. Don’t let this traditional get buried by the ever-growing listing of nice comedies found and launched yearly.

Tropic Thunder

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Director: Ben Stiller

Writers: Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller, Etan Cohen

Forged: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Tom Cruise

Tropic Thunder is a mid-2000s powerhouse. The action-comedy a couple of movie manufacturing gone awry sees a solid of actors misplaced within the jungles of southeast Asia. The whiney, coddled, self-centered crew marches on in character, unaware that their director is lifeless and never filming in secret. With full robust man acts on show and never two cents value of wits between them, everybody acts with the overt machismo of a threatened MacGruber. Ben Stiller is a triple risk because the director, one of many writers, and stars within the image. The meta-commentary on Hollywood filmmaking and the personalities within the trade are icing on the cake on this laugh-out-loud comedy.

Stroll Onerous: The Dewey Cox Story

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Director: Jake Kasdan

Writers: Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan

Forged: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, David Krumholtz, Nat Faxon, Tim Meadows, Jonah Hill

If any man embodies the aptitude, the cult of character, and the idiocy of MacGruber, it’s Dewey Cox. Stroll Onerous: The Dewey Cox Story is a good comedy and a incredible parody of James Mangold’s (Logan) Stroll the Line. Stroll the Line is the Oscar-nominated biopic about Johnny Money starring Joaquin Pheonix. Stroll Onerous: The Dewey Cox Story follows a music sensation with a tragic previous named Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly). Dewey’s profession sees him soar throughout musical genres and types all through the Fifties, ’60s, and ’70s while battling the demons of his previous–principally the haunting reminiscence of halfing his brother in a machete struggle. No style, musical icon of the period, or sink is secure on this Abrahams and Zucker-esque Apatow manufacturing.

The Watch

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Director: Akiva Shaffer

Writers: Jared Stern, Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg

Forged: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Billy Crudup, Rosemary Dewitt

The Watch performs it a bit of extra straight than many of the different motion pictures on this listing, however the severe situation contrasted in opposition to nitwits caught up in an motion movie is traditional MacGruber. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade are The Watch–a neighborhood watch group shaped after a homicide on the retailer the place Ben Stiller works. The group of lonely males finds themselves at odds with the final concern of their chief, however their banter and antics are giggle worthy–till the aliens arrive. The Watch goes from a bread n’ butter comedy image to a sci-fi motion comedy you may nearly hear the writers laughing alongside to because it unravels. The quantity of comedic expertise behind this image is insane. It even options a couple of scenes with Will Forte and one among his Final Man on Earth co-stars, Mel Rodriguez. For Stiller followers, Vaughn followers, or individuals who take pleasure in Rogan and Goldberg’s comedic writing, The Watch will seemingly tickle your humorous bone.

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