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The Onion Movie (2008)

Len Cariou , Steven Seagal , Tom Kuntz , Mike Maguire  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Len Cariou, Steven Seagal, Larissa Laskin, Abigail Mavity, Daniel Dae Kim
  • Directors: Tom Kuntz, Mike Maguire, James Kleiner
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017XOF50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,499 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Unrated

Editorial Reviews

Shelved since 2003 then released straight to DVD, the feature-length Onion Movie is based on the satirical nationwide newspaper The Onion, which works better in print than on celluloid. That said, hardcore Onion fans will appreciate this effort to enliven text with filmed comedic sketches that strongly resemble Saturday Night Live news and National Lampoon. Directors Tom Kuntz and Mike Maguire translate what would normally read as sarcastic headlines into slapstick skits starring three news reporters, Norm Archer (Len Cariou), Larissa Laskin (Dana Dobbs), and Scott Klace (Kip Kendall), reporting on idiotic events either live or in the studio. The newsreel opens, for example, with a report from Archer on the dangers of "neck belts" in automobiles, that have lately been decapitating drivers. Spoofs on everyone and everything, from slutty teen stars, racial stereotyping, the handicapped, to military recruitment officials turned peaceful by marijuana, add plenty of characteristically perverse and iffy Onion humor to this odd film. The Onion Movie relies loosely on a plot in which Norm Archer, devoted anchorman, protests a toy penguin interrupting his screen time in the name of advertising an upcoming film, Cockpuncher, that the network’s corporate sponsor, Global Tetrahedron, has funded. This facetious action film featuring Steven Seagal, looks a little too life-like after Norm takes measures to fight the power. At an hour and a half, news skits interrupted by fake commercials and Archer’s fits of rage feel played out, though skit-to-skit, the news broadcasts are quite hilarious, making the film an overall winner if you’re in the mood for mockery. --Trinie Dalton

Product Description

This just in...The Onion invades DVD! Based on the wildly popular newspaper hailed by The New Yorker as â??the funniest publication in the United States,â? The Onion Movie brings you uncensored, uninhibited, UNRATED news and views from around the world. In a stunning development, when Onion News anchorman Norm Archer (Len Cariou) is asked to compromise his journalistic integrity to please a new corporate sponsor, he doesnâ??t just get mad, he gets...angry. Taking aim at pop stars, prisoners, peace talks and, of course, high-testosterone action films, The Onion Movie delivers hard-hitting headlinesâ?"and side-splitting laughs!

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stereotypes; Where Would We Be Without Them? June 29, 2008
The Good Things
*A great, varied assortment of comedic sketches that makes fun of many different aspects of modern-day society, culture, and politics. Topics include such issues as terrorism, sexuality in pop music, corporate greed, and so on.
*A few good parodies (most prominently, Steven Segal parodying himself!).
*Also a good number of original sketches.
*A few funny pieces of self-parody (ie, the scenes where film critics gather around and rate the movie).
*There is a very slight story arc that ties in many of the sktis together into a bizzare finale, and ultimately presents some major themes about journalistic ethics and corporate greed (although these themes are not very strongly developed).

The Bad Things
*No characters to develop, no story to tell (but hey, it's sketch comedy, so who cares?).

The Questionable Things
*A fair amount of perversity. Expect a lot of swear words and a little bit of graphicness. Some may find it too crude, but I think it's just right.
*Quite a bit of racey humor.

This eighty-minute collection of skits is probably the funniest thing I have seen in a while. The comedy is great, and presents enough satire to make it somewhat thoughtful. There is some sickness to some of it, but it's nowhere near as bad as some other comedies out there (like "Meet the Spartans" or the "Scary Movie" series). It may not be as funny as the Onion website, but I would say that this is comparable to "Saturday Night Live," "Robot Chicken," or Monty Python's "Meaning of Life."

The disc has okay video and sound quality. It has ten minutes of deleted scenes (which are really good) and outtakes.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Area Man Disappointed June 3, 2008
As a more thorough review has already been posted here, I'll keep it brief when I say that I was fully disappointed by this film. I'm a huge fan of the Onion newspaper and the Onion online, especially when I rushed out to rent this movie the first day it was available (good thing I didn't buy it). The trailer that has been circulating the internet for some time is hilarious, but captures the only good scenes from the entire feature. Most segments are long, redundant, and unfunny, and although they are tied together in the end, the movie is missing the charm that I have come to expect from the Onion's caliber of work. Overall, rent this DVD if you have to, but it's something that should remain on the shelves.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By nihil
This movie is really really funny. It's not "the greatest thing ever made" but it's still pretty damned hilarious. It's a great parody. I rented it hoping it was exactly what it was: a variety of parodies with a plot mixed in. No, it's not the's a movie based on the Onion style of viewing the world. If you have ever seen Kentucky Fried movie this will seem like an updated companion piece. You really need to go into watching this movie with these things in mind. It's just a good ride. The movie isn't high-brow humour that's meant to be the best in the world but you'll get a chuckle out of it. I've been waiting for this for a while since I saw a preview on another DVD I rented. I know all my friends who are ZAZ (Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker) fans will love this and I am going to buy it so we can all watch it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome March 3, 2014
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If you like slapstick comedy like Airplane, Top Secret, Dude Where's My Car, Then this movie is right up your alley!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Rent November 30, 2013
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Simply HILARIOUS. I loved the social commentary. I had watched half the movie at a friend's house and had to see the rest.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Punchline Is In The Trailer December 18, 2010
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"The Onion Movie" follows the footsteps of comedy shorts dating back to the 1974 "The Groove Tube". The latter is quite dated and flat for current standards but the former is not much better. Aside from about 3 shorts, "The Onion Movie" is actually a disaster because of its generally ponderous nature. The duration of most of the shorts outlast their usefulness. The "Cockpuncher" skit, for example, gets very old and repetitive but the movie's executives are apparently trying to give Steven Seagal his fair exposure...bad decision. The result is the consistently dampened punchlines.

If you are wondering which movie of this genre can give you the most laughs, it falls in this order: "Kentucky Fried Movie", "The Onion Movie", and "The Groove Tube". Make no mistake. At least half of the "Kentucky Fried Movie" shorts are dated and fall flat but provided that you are old enough to understand some of the references in its parodies or you're pretty good with 70s trivia, you'll feel that your time was not completely wasted in vain.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny.... June 22, 2008
I am very surprised by the mostly poor reviews this movie is getting. I had never heard of it until I went to my friends' house last night and watched it. The 3 of us were laughing out loud almost from beginning to end. The skits are hilarious. And the movie is basically a highly scathing indictment of idiotic American culture and vapid tabloid "journalism." Anyhow, don't believe the poor reviews on here. This movie is definitely worth owning. Yes, some of the humor is a bit obvious at times, but that doesn't make it any less funny. Don't miss it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars old slapstick March 20, 2014
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in the tradition of Country Fried Movie, but noway near as funny. a little too in depth bathroom humor and some scenes just way too drug out. no better than 2.5.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupid Funny
This movie is more like "Kentucky Fried Movie" than "Airplane!" in that it is a series of short, little vignettes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brian Grey
1.0 out of 5 stars A Dud
How sad when a satirical movie falls flat. To be fair it had a few moments of mirth - all in the movie's previews. The overall experience is like watching paint dry. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kenneth R. Kadan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Onion
Some of it may be a bit much for tight ass PC folks, but I have to say that its very funny. If you read the Onion for humor and get where their coming from, then have at it! Read more
Published 8 months ago by barryusmc
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
it was funny, but some stuff i did not like. i was surpise by the parts of segals acting as i am a great fan of his and that is the only reason i brought it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by christine maslowski
3.0 out of 5 stars ehhh....
the trailer was more interesting than the whole does have it's moments though. might want to consider skipping this one.
Published 9 months ago by Alejandro Reyna
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Though this movie is mostly racist I still found it funny I recommend you to watch it unless you can't take racist jokes.
Published 9 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars good
bought for my nephew and he said he likes it so that is all I needed on this one thanks
Published 9 months ago by Lois
3.0 out of 5 stars I usually love the Onion
I am a huge fan of the Onion News Network shorts and written articles (most of them). I was really looking forward to the movie. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charles A. Semenko
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies ever
This movie is hilarious! Every time i have friends over i pop this in for laughs and everyone who has not heard or seen it cracks up. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andrew Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars A riot
and not the kind of riot we see when someones favorite team failed to win. No. This riot involves pushing over cars and punching people in the face for no good reason, because this... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ixey Dergon
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