When she isn’t lampooning White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live, Melissa McCarthy is off saving the planet—or at least trying to. In a 60-second spot that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday, the actress is at the height of her physical-comedy prowess as her eco-hero character gamely zips around in her Kia Niro to rally for the whales, tthe rhinos, and the icecaps, often to hapless—and hysterical—effect.
McCarthy’s watercraft is capsized by a breaching whale. A lumberjack sends a tree she has climbed crashing down. In another scene, McCarthy triumphantly stakes a “Save the Icecaps” sign through the ice, creating a fissure that she tumbles into with an ear-splitting scream.
“It’s hard to be an eco-warrior, but it’s easy to drive like one,” a voiceover says as Bonnie Tyler’s “I Need a Hero” plays in the background.
McCarthy may not be the hero we deserve, but in these trying political times, she’s precisely the kind we need.